One of our favorite things about the Gold Series membership is the great color newsletter that is included with every shipment, The Wine Press. With loads of great information about the monthly featured wines, there are even a few sections with recipes, wine history and information on the featured wine region.
But, our favorite section is on the last page, the Wine Wizard! A great way to keep our minds sharp and our wine knowledge full, the Wine Wizard gives us those little bits of wine trivia that are perfect for family hang outs, parties and other social gatherings. Because, let’s be honest, who wouldn’t want to be the Wine Wizard of your friend group?
This month, our Wine Wizard is all about AVAs. Don’t know what an AVA is and you’d like to find out? Well, look no further as we dive into August’s Wine Wizard!
What is an AVA?
An AVA is an American Viticultural Area – a designated wine grape growing region in the United States that is distinguishable by its geography. AVAs range in size from the Upper Mississippi Valley AVA at 29,900 square miles across four states, to the Cole Ranch AVA in Mendocino County, California, at just 189 acres.
How many AVAs are there in California?
As of 2012, there were 206 recognized AVAs in California. This large number is a testament to the variety of micro climates in the state. California’s largest AVA is the Central Coast AVA and its smallest is Cole Ranch in Mendocino County.
What was the first AVA recognized in the United States?
The Augusta AVA, surrounding the area around the town of August, Missour, was the first recognized AVA in the United States. It gained the status on June 20, 1980.
Now, the next time you are at a friend’s house and you open a bottle of our newly featured Westerly 2011 Sauvignon Blanc, you can impress the entire room with your wealth of AVA knowledge. Until next time Wine Apprentices!