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Around the Region: PDX Gets New Flights; Cali Gets New Wine Regions

Alaska Airlines brings back nonstop service to Santa Barbara and Sonoma adds two new AVAs

February 27, 2012


Santa Barbara returns! At least for the summer. Between June 4 and August 25, Alaska Airlines will run a daily nonstop flight (departing at 9:15 a.m.) to the SoCal city. If you need help planning your itinerary (or just looking for a reason to go), our Sunshine and Wine story can help.

Also beginning June 4, Alaska returns its seasonal daily services to Bellingham, Bozeman, Billings, and Missoula. And Frontier Airlines will launch a thrice-weekly (how often do you get to use that word?) service to Colorado Springs starting May 20. Flights will depart Portland at 4:55 p.m. on Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday through September 16.


California’s rich wine district added two new AVAs in recent months, upping this cab and chardonnay-loving region’s total to 15. Born in December, the new 4,750-acre Pine Mountain-Cloverdale Peak AVA spans both Sonoma and Mendocino counties, and its mountainous terrain holds 230 planted acres. Among the labels harvesting grapes in the region are Francis Ford Coppola, Seghesio, and Capture.

Farther west, along the coast, the Fort Ross-Seaview AVA debuted in January. The new Pacific-hugging region’s 27,500 sit entirely inside the Sonoma Coast AVA, but its elevation (between 900 and 1,800 feet) distinguishes it from the surrounding AVA, which is known for pinot noir and chards. Currently, only a handful of vineyards—among them Flowers, Hirsh, and Peay—fall within the new Fort Ross-Seaview.

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