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Napa Valley AVAs

Welcome to Napa Valley

Welcome to Napa Valley

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In this post I want to give everyone an overview of the Napa Valley AVAs.  An AVA (American Viticultural Area) is a legally defined wine area approved by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB).  The TTB defines the characteristics and boundaries of each area.  I know, I know boring (yawn), but it helps to have a little background knowledge to understand what is going on.  Napa Valley is considered the AVA. Napa Valley has 16 sub-AVAs.  Ok, more boring stuff, but it will help in the future to understand how wines are labeled.  Now, legally, a minimum of 85% o the grapes in a wine must be sourced from an AVA to print that AVA name on the bottle.

Anatomy of a wine label

Now the label above is a wine label I found on the internet, but it is a great example of what I was just talking about. At the top of the label you see the “Producer Name”, which is the winery. Below that you see the “Region (AVA)”, which on this label is the Willamette Valley, which is in Oregon.  Then you see the “Vintage”, “Grape Variety”, and “Bottle volume Alcohol Content”.  In the wine at least 85% of the grapes were sourced from the Willamette Valley.  Once you figure out what varietals and what regions you like your wine from it gets so awesome.  Because then you can try wines from that regions or surrounding regions, and as you learn and your tasted buds blossom you really begin to understand and its AMAZING!!!

Now back to Napa.  As I said above there are 16 sub-AVAs and the primary varietals (or types of wine) produced are Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Sauvignon Blanc.  There are other varietals produced, some for blending and some for bottling, but for now lets just stick to the main ones.

I love this so much.  I’m getting really jazzed being able to share this with you.

Below are all of the sub-AVAs.

Listed in alphabetical order:

  1. Atlas Peak
  2. Calistoga
  3. Carneros
  4. Chiles Valley
  5. Coombsville
  6. Diamond Mountain District
  7. Howell Mountain
  8. Mt. Veeder
  9. Oak Knoll Distict
  10. Oakville
  11. Rutherford
  12. Spring Mountain District
  13. St. Helena
  14. Stags Leap District
  15. Wild Horse Valley
  16. Yountville

Over the following months I am going to take you on a journey through each sub-AVA.  Sounds exciting. RIGHT!! I know, food, wine, beautiful pictures. It’s going to be AWESOME!

Now enough of the boring stuff, or maybe not so boring if you’re like me.  FOOD!!! Yes I said it, FOOD!!!  What so I mean. When I say “food” I always think of wine.  I know that might make me sound like an wino, but oh well, so be it.  I love food and wine. Food can enhance the taste of the wine, and wine can enhance the taste of the food.  Since it’s summer time, I’m going to feature Beef Sliders. You can grill them or cook them on the stove top.  Either way, you can enjoy them outside with an amazing glass of Cab Sauv.


Beef Sliders

These or so delicious and can be made with or without cheese. They pair well with a jammy, earthy Napa Valley Cab Sauv.  I also like to add BACON!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Author Lena


  • 2 pounds Ground beef (I prefer 80/20)
  • 1/2 cup white or red onion, chopped
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 6 slices cheese (Chef's choice)
  • 12 slider buns (or small rolls)


  1. Preheat oven to 375 F

  2. In a large mixing bowl combine ground beef, onions, salt and pepper and mix thoroughly with your hands.

  3. In an ungreased 13x9 pan, press ground beef mixture in evenly.

  4. Bake, uncovered, for 20-25 minutes (until the meat is cooking to the temperature that you like it)

  5. Remove pan from the oven and carefully pour the grease from the pan into a container.

  6. Place cheese slices on top of the meat and put back into the oven for 2 minutes or until the cheese is melted.

  7. Remove from the oven.

  8. Cut the meat into 12 squares.

  9. With a spatula, remove each square from the pan and place onto the center of a roll.

Recipe Notes



Serve with your favorite burger toppings: mayo, mustard, ketchup, pickles, etc.

My favorite: BACON!!!    (if you can't tell, I LOVE BACON)






Welcome To Napa Valley

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Hello everyone, welcome to my blog.  This is a very exciting time for me, I am so ready to dig in with a great glass of wine and a compliment of some tasty goodies.  Let’s get started.

First of all let me tell you a little about myself.  I was born and raised in California and I have visited Napa Valley several times, although it has been a long time since I visited.  I now currently reside in Florida, so I can’t just get in my car and take a scenic drive on over to Napa anytime I want.

Napa Valley is the premier wine growing country in the world.  Some of the best wines in the world come out of Napa Valley.  There are approximately 4.5 million people who visit Napa Valley each year.  That’s a lot of people. 

But I do want to take a moment to take about Corkscrews.  These are very important tools, because with these tools you get to uncork your wine and drink it.  Which is the end game here.  There are a variety of different types and everyone has their own preference

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Hello Everyone!!!

This is my first post and I wanted to welcome you to “Uncorked and a Fork.”  Come with me on this incredible journey to explore, experience and learn all things wine and food.  I hope you enjoy this journey with me.

I will be posting on Mondays and Thursdays.  We will be learning about wine and food, and about how to pair the two.  I will be taking you all over the world in the coming months to explore all that this wonderful place we call Earth offers.  I am going to start in this great country The United States of America and then span out from there.  If there is ever any place, country or region that anyone would like to explore, let me know and we can take the journey together.

Get ready to have some fun with wonderful food and wine from around the world.


Stay tuned for the next post.



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