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72 { THE SOMM JOURNAL } FEBRUARY/MARCH 2015 CALIFORNIA'S FIRST FAMILY of Chardoay In 1963, third generation winegrower Karl L. Wente was able to get an immediate sense of the soils, the water quality and its availability in the Arroyo Seco basin. He acknowledged the region's short days, cool nights and fog that comes in and doesn't blow off until mid-morning. HOW FINDING THE RIGHT GROUND—IN CALIFORNIA'S ARROYO SECO AVA— CONFIRMED WENTE VINEYARDS AS

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