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November 2000
San Francisco Bay American Viticultural Area
The City by the Bay gets AVA
by Catherine Fallis
What do Oakland, Berkeley, Contra Costa, San Francisco, San Jose, Livermore Valley, and Santa Cruz have in common? According to those who petitioned for the San Francisco Bay AVA, or American Viticultural Area, this collection of geographically diverse dense urban to ruggedly rural areas share a similar wine history, geography, and climate influenced by proximity to the San Francisco Bay. Those who opposed said that the export-minded petitioners wanted an internationally recognizable place-name ...
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