Californian Wine

Viticulture in California began in the 1700s as Spanish missionaries worked their way north from the South American colonies. Grapes (of the Mission, a.k.a. Pais, variety) were originally planted with the intention of producing ceremonial wine and the first wineries were established for the cultivation of Mission grapes. From these beginnings, Parisian oenologist Jean Louis Vignes is credited with being the first person to import European vines for general consumption to Los Angeles in 1833. 

 
This was followed in the 1850’s with Hungarian businessman  Agoston Haraszthy, who came to California after establishing businesses in Wisconsin. Finding the prevalent Mission grape to be of inferior quality, he began to select high quality vines from Europe and established vineyards in Crystal Springs outside San Francisco with the help of a government viticulture grant. Though found culpable for some shady business practices outside the wine industry, he was able to relocate his vines Read more »

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Varietals Produced in California View all

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Zinfandel

    Parentage of the grape: Crljenak to Austria to America. In the 1970s, claims surfaced that the Italian Primitivo is l...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

Subregions of California

  • Amador County

      Amador County, in the Sierra Foothills district of California, is named for mid-1840s ranc...

  • Central Coast

      Central Coast is a vast AVA that spans between Santa Barbara County in the south to the Sa...

  • Lake County

    Lake County is an emerging wine region within California’s North Coast, north of Napa. Clear La...

  • Mendocino County

      Mendocino County AVA is a large and climatically diverse region within the North Coast reg...

  • Monterey County

      The Monterey County AVA is part of the Central Coast region in California, below San Franc...

  • Napa County

    There is some debate over how this famous wine region got its name. Spanish settlers named the ...

  • North Coast

      The North Coast AVA is a region that spans eight counties and dozens of prestigious subreg...

  • San Francisco Bay

    AVA is one of California’s ‘Mega’ appellations. This vast AVA, covering over 1.5 million acres, ...

  • San Luis Obispo County

      San Luis Obispo is part of the larger wine Central Coast region of California, located at ...

  • Santa Cruz Mountains

      The Santa Cruz Mountains AVA is a vast region within San Francisco Bay in California’s Cen...

  • Calaveras

    is a picturesque and remote area in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Popular with o...

  • Contra Costa

    The Contra Costa County AVA is located within the San Francisco Bay region of California’s Cent...

Popular Wineries in California View all

  • Barefoot Cellars

    We got our start as a "garage wine" back in the Sixties but really stepped up what Barefoot wa...

  • 3 Blind Moose

    Truth be told, the moose aren’t blind. They just think it’s cool to share good wine with friends,...

  • Ca' Momi Wines

    "Ca’ Momi” wines are named for our family home in Northern Italy. The name also pays tribute to M...

  • Canyon Road Winery

    Inspired by the scenic roads that wander through California’s stunning wine country, Rafael Jofre...

  • Sullivan Vineyards

    Arriving in the Napa Valley in 1972, Jim and JoAnna Sullivan purchased property in Rutherford, wh...

  • Middle Sister

    Because we remember swim lessons and day camp and beach houses. Because we forget bad boyfriends,...

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  • Again, I don't know how "completely different" this is, but since it is not California, and since it is not red, and since it is not chardonnay, for me this is, at least, statistically unusual. Rear label indicates 100% Marsanne.A fairly floral nose.  One entry I get a lot of stone fruit--peach, apricot.  A suggestion of sweet, but that is the f... Read More

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  • Terlato Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

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    578 cases of this offering were produced. In addition to Cabernet Sauvignon (80%), some Merlot (18%), and Cabernet Franc (2%) were blended in. Black raspberry, cassis and bits of leather inform the nose. The palate is stuffed with blackberry, raspberry and more. Black tea, dried cherries and spices fill out the long, generous finish. Read More

    Wine review by Gabe Sasso


  • Taylor Family Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

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    This offering is composed of 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. Toast, black fruits and hints of dark chocolate are evident on the nose. The palate is stuffed with blackberry, roasted chicory, vanilla bean, and cassis. Bits of kirsch are evident on the finish along with dried cranberry and a sprinkling of mineral notes. Good luck putting this down once yo... Read More

    Wine review by Gabe Sasso


  • Steltzner Vineyards Martini Clone Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

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    This is 100% Cabernet from the Martini Clone. A mere 156 cases of this beauty were produced. Red plum, cherry and Raspberry and aromas burst from the nose. The palate is stuffed with refreshing raspberry and red cherry notes. Coffee, bakers spices, dusty cocoa and minerals are all in evidence on the lengthy finish. Firm, gripping tannins and rac... Read More

    Wine review by Gabe Sasso


  • Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Fay Vineyard 2013

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    This is 100% Cabernet, entirely sourced from the Fay Vineyard. Dark violet aromas are evident along with plum and blackberry. The full-bodied plate is studded with blueberry, blackberry, spices and more. Bits of cherry peak through on the finish along with earth and continued spice notes. Delicious today itll improve over the next decade and dri... Read More

    Wine review by Gabe Sasso


  • Stags' Leap Winery the Leap Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

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    This is composed entirely of Cabernet Sauvignon. Each year winemaker Christophe Paubert selects the best barrels of Cabernet to assemble this wine. Black cherry and currant aromas dominate the nose. The palate is stuffed with an astounding array of fresh red fruit flavors tinged with black; Cherry, raspberry and blackberry to name a few. Continu... Read More

    Wine review by Gabe Sasso


  • Silverado Vineyards Solo Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

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    This is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from their Silverado Heritage Clone. Black cherry and hints of blackberry are evident on the nose. Plum, red cherry, spices and a core of minerals drive the well-rounded palate. Continued spices, tobacco, sage and reverberating dried red fruit flavors are all present on the persistent finish. Read More

    Wine review by Gabe Sasso


  • Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon One Point Five 2013

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    This is 99% Cabernet Sauvignon with a tiny dollop (1%) of Petit Verdot blended in. The fruit comes from a combination of their hillside vineyard and the Borderline Vineyard about 2 miles south of the facility. Red and black cherry aromas are joined by hints of thyme. The palate is robust and beefy with continuing cherry flavors as well as black ... Read More

    Wine review by Gabe Sasso


  • Robinson Family Vineyards Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

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    A mere 119 cases of this Estate Cabernet Sauvignon were bottled. Black fruit aromas are joined by wisps of fennel and black pepper. Blackberry, cherry and hints of Bay leaf dominate the dense palate. Minerals, earth, cocoa and black tea are all present on the lengthy finish. Mouthwatering acid and solid tannins provide excellent bones for aging.... Read More

    Wine review by Gabe Sasso


  • Regusci Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

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    This is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon sourced from the oldest block on their property; 750 cases were produced. Wisps of thyme are evident alongside the more prominent Blackberry and black raspberry aromas. Cherry, spice and hints of dusty cocoa are evident on the palate. Oodles of earth, chicory, dried cherry and more are evident on the above average... Read More

    Wine review by Gabe Sasso


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  • Beyond the Vine (www.4beyondthevine.com) has completed it’s first in a series of blind tasting to find the best Syrah producer in Santa Clara County. The first flight was a good representation of 12 Syrah from south Santa Clara County and one inexpensive mystery bottle. Entries were as follows; ’07 Clos La Chance, ’07 Creek View, ’07 Fernwood, ...

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  • zinfandel

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  • Zinfandel

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  • Is there a winery in or near Pleasanton, CA that has a good merlot? My daughter is there working and I wanted her to pick me up some local wine.

    Comment by 541781Pam Burns 541781 Pam Burns


  • Does anyone have any comments about Peay Wines?

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  • Has anyone ever heard of "Kitchen Sink" vineyards? I was given a bottle of KITCHEN SINK red........it was a mixture of cabernet, petite Sirah, merlot, zinfandel. It was actually a nice surprise in taste. I just don't know where to get it......is it expensive or inexpensive? Would like an opinion from someone.

    Comment by 156349shari duff 156349 shari duff


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  • This a most amazing,wine growing state.We have such an array of decent to great wines to please the novice all the way to the greatest wine snob.-to be continued....

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