Welcome to another edition of the Stephen T. Colbert Memorial Better Know an AVA! Stephen wants all Americans to know the rich heritage of our Congressional districts and get to meet the people who occupy those seats. VinoVerve believes that you should get an opportunity to see where your local wine is being produced. So, as an homage to Stephen (who inspired me and who I would love to have a picture of holding a flag and a glass of wine (hint, hint…)) I give you a description of the fighting Central Delaware Valley AVA.
This viticulture area was designated in 1984 and further amended in 1987 and consists of 96,000 acres on both the Pennsylvania and New Jersey side of the Delaware River north of Philadelphia. The AVA at least as far as I can tell takes on the outline of a dragon. Why? I do not know. I just know that I tried to follow the descriptions listed in CFR as closely as possible and I have never gotten the image of an mythical creature before. So, I am going to chalk it up to dumb luck and hope I haven’t made a grave error. Ironically, I don’t think that you will find a lot of other sources for a map of this AVA so I am sincerely sorry for any weirdness that I may have created. I am a map nerd, but I am far from perfect.
Oh, and I am reasonably certain that you will NOT encounter any dragons while exploring this region. Marguerite has been out scouting the area already and she has not yet reported the smell of sulfur or scorched earth, so I think we are safe.