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From the day we opened our doors–and long before–we have loved American wine. Chris cut his teeth in Sonoma County, and when he first conceived of Leon & Son he set out to highlight the best of domestic wine from icons and hidden gems alike. To this day our shelves reflect this passion, and our love for American wine continues to deepen.
Our hearts and thoughts are with our many friends out West affected by the wildfires ravaging California and Oregon. The reshaping of these areas, and more importantly the lives of those affected, is painfully real.
Below we've listed on-the-ground organizations helping those most affected. Another way to support the producers we love and their families is to simply buy their wine. With so much goodness to choose from it's a no brainer, but we've made it a little easier by highlighting some favorites.
One of the most misunderstood categories in American wine is also one of the most dynamic. Exploring domestic Syrah reveals the crazy number of microclimates on the West Coast and how Syrah reacts differently to each. We urge curious drinkers to experience the diversity of Syrah from Santa Barbara through the Sierras and Sonoma, all the way up to Oregon as it ranges from juicy and bright to wild and feral. All of if screams with character.
Although 93% of Northern California plantings are just 8 grapes (Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, etc), there’s actually incredible diversity in the state. The “Seven % Solution” is a movement of wines made with lesser known varietals from the remaining 7% of plantings. What excites us about this movement is how it captures the true range of what the West Coast has to offer, and its fearlessness to branch out.
One of the truly great things about American wine is there are no rules. You see this full force in the orange and skin contact wines made on the west coast. There's a bevy of varieties and styles to explore.
See what a new generation has to say for reimagining the American classics–Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
If you're looking for more ways to support those affected by the fires out West, here are some on-the-ground organizations to check out.
Napa Valley COAD is providing resources and emergency gift cards for Napa county residents affected by the Glass Fire.
The Red Cross has supported emergency housing, supplies and services, and is now providing emergency financial assistance to residents whose homes were severely impacted the recent wildfires in California and Oregon.
The Sonoma County Vintners' Emergency Relief Fund addresses the immediate, mid and long-term needs of the community impacted by natural disaster or other emergencies.
In the Willamette Valley, the United Way Wildfire Response Fund provides immediate assistance to local nonprofits that are assisting families and individuals who are impacted by the fires in Lane County.