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California, the most populous state of the United States, located on the Pacific coast of North America is bordered by Oregon, Nevada, Arizona and Mexico. The four largest cities are Los Angeles, San Diego, San Jose and San Francisco. California is also the home of and wine producing regions such as Santa Barbara and Northern California's Wine Country.
Karly Wines, located in Amador County’s Shenandoah Valley, was started from scratch by Lawrence L. Cobb and wife Karly in 1980. The business has grown from a few hundred cases made in crude quarters to a modern facility turning out eleven thousand cases annually. Growth has been very controlled over the years as Buck and Karly have never compromised quality for volume. About 60 percent of Karly output derives from estate vines and balance is produced from old Zinfandel vineyards owned by neighbors.
For more than one hundred years Amador County has been known for rustic style full-bodied Zinfandels, and so it is that Karly is best known for Zinfandel. But Karly also enjoys a solid reputation for Sauvignon Blanc and an emerging array of Mediterranean wine varieties. California is the only region in the world producing Zinfandel in important quantities. Zinfandel was first planted in Amador County in the 1850s, during the height of the Gold Rush. Grape varieties and wines native to the warmer locales of southern Europe rimming the Mediterranean are catching attention. The warmer climate and granite soils of Amador County are very similar to those of many parts of Southern France and the Italian interior.
The winery and vineyards occupy a rolling, 110-acre oak woodland in Amador County's scenic Shenandoah Valley. Twenty acres of vines are planted in Sauvignon Blanc, Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Syrah, Mourvedre, Marsanne, Rousanne and Orange Muscat, nine additional acres of Zinfandel, Grenache Blanc and Barbera approaching production.
There are many wonderful famous as well as some not so well known areas in California wine country that are just right for an enjoyable day of wine tasting. It’s always best to get off the beaten track and find the other gold that still exists and enjoy the beautiful scenery along these wine trails in this beautiful State.

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