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How many sub appellations currently exist within Napa Valley?

Within the Napa Valley, regions have emerged that possess distinct microclimates and terrains, promoting distinct and recognizable characteristics on the grapes grown within them. These sub appellations are boundaries within the larger appellation and are often mentioned on wine labels to give a more specific designation of where the wine is from. Napa Valley is home to fifteen sub appellations, some of the most well known including Stags Leap District, St. Helena, Calistoga, Yountville, Mount Veeder, and Los Carneros.

What is different about the NovaTwist closure, as seen on this month’s Gold Wine Club wines?

The NovaTwist is one of the latest wine closures on the market, a spinoff of the traditional twist closure in a sleeker, more environmentally friendly presentation. Opening and closing is done with ease and comfort and the caps remain airtight (they can be applied and reapplied repeatedly without loss of effectiveness). Not only are they extremely effective wine bottle closures, but they are fully recyclable with reduced impact on landfills and less initial energy required during the manufacturing stage. It’s a win-win, and a great new product!

What does it mean for a wine to be termed First Growth?

The First Growth status refers to a classification of wines from the Bordeaux region of France. This need to classify the best Bordeaux wines came about in 1855 and a list of the top producers was released – to be classified carried a mark of incredibly high prestige. Today, these “best of the best” Bordeaux wines are classified as First Growth and include Château Lafite Rothschild, Château Margaux, Château Latour, Château Haut-Brion, and Château Mouton-Rothschild. There are also a number of First Growth sweet wines being produced in Bordeaux, but their status isn’t nearly as high as the red wine producers.

Originally published in our Gold Wine Club's The Wine Press, Ca' Momi Winery featured in 2011.