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...

  • 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...

  • Pinot Noir

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

  • Merlot

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

  • Zinfandel

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

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 Barbara County

    The Santa Barbara County AVA lies within the Central Coast territory of California. Like much o...

  • 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...

  • El Dorado County

    The spectacular Sierra Nevada range offers a fitting backdrop to the vineyards of El Dorado Count...

Popular Wineries in California View all

  • Canyon Road Winery

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

  • Barefoot Cellars

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

  • Cupcake Vineyards

    Our winery is located in Monterey County, California where warm days give way to cool nights a...

  • Charles Shaw Winery

    The Charles Shaw label is best known for producing wines of “extreme value.” These became popul...

  • Carlo Rossi Vineyards

    Every year the Great Central Valley of California provides harvests of uniquely delicious grapes....

  • Livingston Cellars

    Since 1984 and 17 years, the de facto estate wine of Livingston Moffett winery has been bottled ...

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California on Snooth

  • Lifted Central Coast Sauvignon Blanc 2013

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    A Tasting Room selection received in 2014. I do not care for the typical Sauvignon flavor profile - loads of acid, lemon lime kiwi with not much to smooth things out, but perhaps because this one is now so old, it goes into the glass as a chardonnay, golden, almost light amber/umber. Bits of lemon and lime, and then grass, lime, and ripe melon. ... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Guarachi Family Wines Pinot Noir Sun Chase Vineyard Sonoma Coast 2014

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    Expressive, expansive nose with light spice and fresh cherry and strawberry fruit coming well ahead of the cherry cola notes that join the fray. Excellent complexity in the mouth with darkest black cherry and sweet baking spice notes, creamy milk chocolate that lingers and evolves and a mixed berry freshness throughout. This is a diverse and int... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • The Eagle Screams into Burgundy Screaming Eagle Owner Buys Majority Stake ... and The Hilt vineyards in California, as well as several sports franchises, has purchased a majority stake in the prominent Burgundy winery Domaine Bonneau du Martray for an undisclosed price.Bonneau du Martray, whose cellars are in Pernand-Vergelesses, has been in t... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Gallo buys Stagecoach


  • Pacific Cruise Highway 1 NV

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    Awesome medium body on this red blend. Very likable on the palate. Stay away from this one, however. The congestion that followed was not worth it. Read More

    Wine review by connie7899


  • Meiomi Pinot Noir 2015

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    Thick, syrupy for a pinot. Too sweet. Spread it on toast or serve with peanut butter in a sandwich. Owned by Gallo. Read More

    Wine review by Under the Influence


  • Meiomi Pinot Noir 2015

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    Grapes sourced from Monterey, Santa Barbara and Sonoma counties. Delicate spice and cherry compote aromas with light confectioners sugar and violet notes on the nose. Aromas continue to the palate where they are met by a soft oak spice, a touch of licorice and herb, blueberry fruit and a finish of ripe black cherry Dr Pepper. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Meiomi Pinot Noir 2015

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    Grapes sourced from Monterey, Santa Barbara and Sonoma counties. Delicate spice and cherry compote aromas with light confectioners sugar and violet notes on the nose. Aromas continue to the palate where they are met by a soft oak spice, a touch of licorice and herb, blueberry fruit and a finish of ripe black cherry Dr Pepper. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • and you did not come to SAbit like going to US and not going to California Read More

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  • 100 Mile Merlot 2015

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    Seemingly mild on the attack. The spice kicks in after. Blackberry with a moderate finish. Read More

    Wine review by connie7899


  • Interesting, nay, compelling, even, 2-years-on tour (de force) perusal of select California real estate equipped with easement for we bibulous.If this is Monday, it is on to Barstow.  Or maybe Indian Island, Humboldt County, for a complete change of scenery. In any case, whether it is a rail town or a resort, the pictures, I am sure, will be wor... Read More

    Forum post in the topic How not to store wine


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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, ...

    Comment by 921334greg112558 921334 greg112558


  • 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?

    Comment by 512854hawks8999 512854 hawks8999


  • 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....

    Comment by 308614THEDOGE 308614 THEDOGE


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