Weather is everything for the sensitive, Burgundian varietals of pinot noir and chardonnay. John sources these grapes from specific, cooler-climate Californian microclimates that provide the unique balance of the elements—sun, soil, showers and shade.
Blanketed by ocean fog, mornings on the Sonoma Coast give way to long, sunny days. Carneros in southern Napa Valley is cooled by San Pablo Bay breezes. Both regions enjoy broad diurnal temperatures. These cooler climates provide the quick-ripening pinot noir grapes longer hang times to develop, while also helping retain acidity that’s vital for excellent chardonnays. WeatherWines is a celebration and showcase of Burgundian varietals from their most-perfect Californian terroirs.