The Napa Valley is as old as it is well-known, though what few realize is just how diminutive the nation’s most famous wine region truly is. Accounting for less than 5% of California’s total wine production, from point to point, the Napa Valley runs no more than thirty miles in length, from Mt. St. Helena in the north to Carneros in the south. Side to side, from the Mayacamas range in the west to the multiple noteworthy landmarks of the east, including Howell Mountain and the Chiles Valley AVA, the Valley tapers in the middle, like the figure of a Victorian lady in a corset, lending the Valley a similarly elegant hourglass figure if viewed from above by those willing to see it… [read more]*
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