Sonoma Coast AVA

Sonoma Coast AVA

Infobox Wine Region
name = Sonoma Coast AVA


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type = American Viticultural Area
year = 1987 [http://ecfr.gpoaccess.gov/cgi/t/text/text-idx?c=ecfr;sid=bff700d0bbb2a632948b70fe7e91d7d4;rgn=div5;view=text;node=27%3A1.0.1.1.7;idno=27;cc=ecfr#27:1.0.1.1.7.3.41.96 Code of Federal Regulations. "§ 9.116 Sonoma Coast."] Title 27: Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms; Part 9 — American Viticultural Areas; Subpart C — Approved American Viticultural Areas. Retrieved Jan. 4, 2008.]
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country = USA
part of = California, North Coast AVA, Sonoma County
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sub regions = Chalk Hill AVA, Green Valley of Russian River Valley AVA, Los Carneros AVA, Northern Sonoma AVA, Russian River Valley AVA, Sonoma Valley AVA
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total size = convert|500000|acre|km2|-3|lk=on|abbr=onAppellation America (2008). [http://wine.appellationamerica.com/wine-region/Sonoma-Coast.html "Sonoma Coast (AVA): Appellation Description"] . Retrieved Jan. 4, 2008.]
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grapes = Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Gewurztraminer, Marsanne, Merlot, Pinot Gris, Pinot Meunier, Pinot Noir, Pinotage, Roussanne, Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah, Viognier, Zinfandel
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The Sonoma Coast AVA is an American Viticultural Area in Sonoma County, California, USA containing more than convert|500000|acre|km2|-3|lk=on|abbr=on, mostly along the coastline of the Pacific Ocean. It extends from San Pablo Bay to the border with Mendocino County. The appellation is known for its cool climate and high rainfall relative to other parts of Sonoma County. The area has such a broad range of microclimates that petitions are being made to the United States Department of the Treasury Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau for the creation of sub-AVAs such as the proposed Fort Ross-Seaview AVA.

Geography

The boundaries of the appellation are defined in the Code of Federal Regulations, Title 27, Section 9.116. The following seven cities are located in, or partly in, the Sonoma Coast AVA:
* Cotati
* portions of Healdsburg
* Rohnert Park
* Petaluma
* portions of Santa Rosa
* Sebastopol
* portions of Sonoma

The Petaluma Gap is also part of the Sonoma Coast AVA. [cite web|url=http://www.vino.com/news/wire.asp?newsID=84|title=Vino.com newswire]

Wineries

E & J Gallo Winery operates Two Rock Vineyard, a convert|400|acre|km2|lk=on|adj=on|abbr=on hillside vineyard near Cotati. [cite web|url=http://winebusiness.com/GrapeGrowing/webarticle.cfm?dataId=37015|title=The Falcon and the Farmer|accessdate=2007-12-05]

References

See also

* Sonoma County wine

External links

* [http://www.sonomagrapevine.org/ava_map.html Sonoma County Wine Regions (map)]


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