Saturday, December 06, 2014

The St. Helena AVA.

Just above the Rutherford AVA is the St. Helena AVA.  Named after the town of St. Helena, this AVA covers approximately 9,000 acres.  Besides being the home of my dear friends The St. Helena Sots, this storied AVA is home to many notable names/wineries such as; Corison Winery, Dancing Hares Vineyard, Flora Springs Winery and Vineyards, Louis M. Martini Winery, Pride Mountain Winery, Smith-Madrone Vineyards and Winery and Salvestrin Winery - a lot of wineries that mostly produce Bordeaux varietals.  Of course, in my humble opinion, it is getting a little too toasty for the production of Bordeaux varietals up in St. Helena: it is just a tad too far north to benefit from the cooling influence of the San Francisco Bay fog.  But that is just my opinion.
St. Helena is also notable as the home of the first winery in the entire state of California to be founded and run by a woman, Josephine Marlin Tychson, c. 1886, (the winery is now Freemark Abbey). Josephine Tychson is a much more interesting St. Helena story, but that's just my opinion.
Six down, ten to go.


Dennis Tsiorbas said...

A collation and elaboration of these AVAs with a few reviews and those pictures equal a perfect guide book! :-)
Next to Thud, I'll be the first to buy a copy! :-)

Thomas said...

I'd buy it too, but only if it comes with those great photos.

Thud said...

Its also the home of our family christenings!

Vinogirl said...

NHW: There's nothing there that can't be found on the internet, but thanks anyway.

Tomasso: I'd better start trying to take great photos then.

Thud: Yes, indeed, St. Helena Catholic Church is.

Dennis Tsiorbas said...

VG: I have to disagree with you: There is your unique perspective which is at least 50% of everything in the world! :-)

Vinogirl said...

NHW: Most people would disagree with you :)