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California - the name evokes contradictory expectations: Sin and the sacred, and always associated with more emotional tension and more luxurious possibilities than other places. I spent the month of April there.

Anyone who has visited northern California knows the austere western beauty of nature in the state. The mountains are connected with valleys in the interior, and these with hills which in turn merge into the rugged coast of the Pacific. It is no wonder that there are excellent conditions for viticulture in many locations.

On the whole, the climate is warm and dry in summer, so that the vines have few problems with excess rain and humidity, and are therefore largely spared the associated diseases and rot. Cool sea currents also influence temperatures in the warm inland valleys. The ripening season is therefore long, and the grapes can ripen optimally until late in the autumn.

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