Petaluma Gap: America’s Newest Wine Region

April marks the start of my new gig as a regular contributor to Forbes online. I cover wine-at-work with special attention to growers and makers. I’m focused on wine and food creators – with culture, community, ecology, and travel pivotal to the stories.

Petaluma Gap, Forbes Wine Writer, California Wine, Sonoma Wine
An early morning harvest at Griffin’s Lair Vineyard, Courtesy: Petaluma Gap Winegrowers Alliance

I found it appropriate to ring the starting bell with a gust of wind from Petaluma Gap, America’s newest designated wine region:

Everyone knows that grapes are an essential ingredient for wine, but one natural — and unexpected — element is helping a newly designated wine region in California rise to prominence.

“The Petaluma Gap is a special area for the following reason: the wind,” says Ana Keller, director of Keller Estate. “Yes, it is an AVA based on wind patterns.”

Please enjoy the full story at Forbes.



4 Comments Add yours

  1. Great article, Jill! Congrats on the new gig – look forward to reading your next piece. Cheers!

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    1. Jill Barth says:

      Thanks Lauren! Glad to have you read along.

      Liked by 1 person

  2. okiewinegirl2015 says:

    Jill, I just learned about the tremendous influence winds have on NZ wines in a tiny subregion in Marlborough so reading how Petaluma will have this AVA distinction is exciting! Your article helped give a clearer picture of what happens in the vineyard.
    Also, Congrats on the new gig 🖋👍🏼🎉🌟

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    1. Jill Barth says:

      So interesting- I need to read up on NZ winds. Thank you!

      Liked by 1 person

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