Napa Valley Register Interviews Kristy Charles

Kristy Charles was interviewed for a story in the Napa Valley Register about Anderson Valley Pinot Noir and the Pinot Noir Festival. Follow this link to read the whole story.

Anderson Valley is Pinot Territory

By Kip Davis

'...In recent years, tickets to the event have sold out well in advance of the annual festival, according to Kristy Charles, executive director of the Anderson Valley Winegrowers Association. 

“As more wineries make Anderson Valley wines and people see them in their markets and restaurants on the East Coast, the Midwest and the South, they really start to associate Anderson Valley with good pinot. Then they really want to come out and see where these wines come from.”

Anderson Valley’s reputation for premium pinot noir has grown in recent years, Charles said, as growers have learned how to optimize the oft-times finicky varietal in the area’s climate.

“A little over half of what we grow here now is pinot noir,” she said. “Because we’re a (cooler) climate, it’s really ideal here (for pinot noir).” ...'