On July 18, 2014, the TTB (Tax and Trade Bureau) announced the approval of the newest California American Viticultural Area, the Malibu Coast AVA. Yes, Lucy, as I’ve told you many times, there are wineries in Malibu! If you don’t believe me, then maybe you’d better take a look at the Malibu-Newton Canyon AVA!
I just wanted to let y’all know about this, because I’m very excited!
There is an actual Malibu Wine Trail, and now it will really mean something. This has been important to the few wineries there, and if some Los Angeles council people have their way, they will never get to expand. But that’s a rant for another day.
Meanwhile, you can read the announcement here, which also approves the new AVA of Upper Hiwassee Highlands in western North Carolina and northwestern Georgia. I know that because my family originates from Asheville, NC, and the new AVA straddles both Cherokee and Clay Counties in North Carolina and the Towns, Union, and
Fannin Counties in Georgia. Yes, North Carolina and Georgia touch on a tiny sliver of land in the far southwest region of NC. Who knew.
The Upper Hiwassee Highlands is a brand new AVA that’s not a subregion, but a new AVA on its own. Once again, I love the fact that so many areas are now looking at wine as a serious consideration.
And, one more thing. For those of you who were doubters…I *told* yow that my CWAS would come in handy and really mean something. Even though it was brutal!
Both new AVAs will become effective on August 18.