california (usa)   The Wine Country is an area of Northern California in the United States known world-wide as a premium wine-growing region. Viticulture and wine-making have been practiced in the region since the mid-19th century. There are over 400 wineries in the area north of San Francisco, mostly located in the area's valleys, including Napa Valley in Napa County, and the Sonoma Valley, Alexander Valley, Dry Creek Valley, Bennett Valley, and Russian River Valley in Sonoma County. Wine grapes are also grown at higher elevations, such as Atlas Peak and Mount Veeder AVAs. The region is defined not only in terms of viticulture, but also its ecology, geology, architecture, cuisine, and culture. The majority of the grape harvest, in terms of both area and value, derives from Sonoma County.

Wine Country is generally regarded as the combined counties of Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino, and Lake. These counties contain the following American Viticultural Areas (AVAs).

• in Sonoma County: Alexander Valley, Bennett Valley, Chalk Hill, Dry Creek Valley, Green Valley of Russian River Valley, Knight's Valley, Los Carneros, Northern Sonoma, Rockpile, Russian River Valley, Sonoma Coast, Sonoma Mountain, and Sonoma Valley.
• in Napa County: Atlas Peak, Los Carneros, Mount Veeder, Napa Valley, Oakville, Rutherford, Saint Helena, Calistoga, Stags Leap District, and Yountville.
• in Mendocino County: Anderson Valley, Covelo, Mendocino, and Potter Valley.
• in Lake County: Clear Lake, Guenoc Valley, High Valley, and Red Hills Lake County.




Paul and Bryan Vais come from a family of great cooks, where the heart and soul of their family traditions have always been great meals complimented by classic California wines, chosen with care. They are natives of the San Francisco Bay Area, yet have lived and traveled abroad, gaining an appreciation for old world food and wine traditions beyond wha

Bryan and Paul started making wine in their basement 25 years ago, and later in various garages. This experience enabled them to acquire the skills and confidence in preparation for a commercial venture. For years their careers in engineering, high technology, and finance consumed their efforts but finally Bailiwick was founded in the fall of 2009.

Bryan and Paul source their Pinot Noir from vineyards in multiple appellations, seeking differentiated expressions of each varietal. They literally travel hundreds of miles each year seeking vineyards and growers aligned with their own strict vision for quality and expressiveness. Bailiwick Wines are personal to Bryan and Paul. They are crafted to harmonize with food.

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Stomping Girl Wines is a Berkeley-based operation run by Uzi Cohen with his wife, Kathryn. Uzi and Kathryn Cohen, were inspired to start their own winery by their family's three generation winemaking history. The name honors Uzi's winemaking grandmother, Esther, his sister who stomped the grapes, and the "stomping girls" (the Cohen's daughters) who worked in the cellar. The Cohens began making wine at home in 2003 from the Las Brisas Vineyard in Los Carneros, enlisting the help of the family and friends. The Cohens, who've lived in Berkeley for more than a decade, started out as home winemakers in 2003. Each year, they doubled production until they eventually outgrew their basement.

Stomping Girls' philosophy of achieving balance is in line with many California producers who feel that pinot noir has lost its way. Stomping Girl handcrafts Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in small lots using traditional winemaking practices. With minimal intervention, they strive to produce balanced wines that reflect the variety, their vineyard origins and the vintage. Stomping Girl partners with farmers and owners of some of the best vineyards in the appellations in the Russian River, Carneros and Sonoma Coast. Some of the practices of Stomping Girl include night harvests to ensure that cool fruit enters the winery; hand sorting to include only the best clusters; gentle, slow fermentations to extract the delicate nuances from the Pinot Noir grape; gentle, whole cluster pressing of Chardonnay. Stomping Girl uses very little new oak in aging the wines, with typically one single racking prior to bottling. The wines are bottled un-fined and unfiltered.

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