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The Effect of Climate on Clarksburg Wine

Sunny days give way to cool nights. This keeps grape acidity at advantageous levels, especially for Chenin Blanc. Clarksburg Chenin Blanc is arguably the best in the country and has a distinctive floral and honeyed aroma. Petite Sirah also thrives in the AVA.

Despite the fact that these two grapes grow fabulously in Clarksburg, the American wine consumer generally has little experience with them. Unfortunately, the region has largely been relegated to undeserved obscurity in recent years. For this reason, some Clarksburg wines are simply labeled, “California.” But this is definitely changing.

It is my opinion that the future of American wine consumption will increasingly realize the value of varietals grown in terroir specific regions. It will not be a moment to soon for the AVA.

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