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

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Merlot

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Zinfandel

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

  • 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...

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

  • 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...

  • Dark Horse Wine

    Named 2007 Winemaker of the Year by the Sonoma County Harvest Fair, winemaker Michael Loykasek ha...

  • Middle Sister

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

  • Cupcake Vineyards

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

  • 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

  • Mending Wall Brown Ranch Carneros Chardonnay 2016

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    Whoa. Seriously oaked. Lots of vanilla, caramel. Some tropical fruit. Not an awful wine, but if you are a White Burgundy fan, I'd be hard pressed to understand why you would like this. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Intense X is made by an enhancement organization called Real Health ... ... ... situated in San Diego, California, and they essentially make supplements for general wellbeing, invulnerable framework support, and people's medical problems. The majority of their contributions are accessible in stores, which loans a quality of authenticity to th... Read More

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  • Talbott Pinot Noir Logan Sleepy Hollow Vineyard 2016

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    14.2% ABV Ruby red tinged with garnet at the edges. Medium light in weight. Pretty and well made wine. I get a strong hit of cherry cola on the first sip followed up with some sour cherry as the acid comes to life and finishes with some cranberry notes with a touch of bitterness. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Baus Family Vineyard Napa Valley Private Reserve 2016

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    Introduction of dried dark fruit--raisins, prunes--without the sweetness; Savory mid-palate--this is supposed (according to the flash site vendor) a Bordeaux blend but "savory" makes me think Rhone. Interesting. Modest tannins. Maybe a tad more tart than I would have liked. Full-bodied. Not a great wine, but for the price very very good. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • If you are living in the California Republic as I think I heard you were, @GT, just make sure you locate where the completely foreseable fire problem is at its least probable.  We don't want those kind of weather-related issues to affect your safety or your drinking preferences.Anyway, It is nice to see you check in.  We hope to see more of you.... Read More

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  • I suppose that's the thing with living with four distinct seasons; if you live in Southern California or Southern Florida - or even the Southwest - weather can be quite balmy (even hot) in the winter.  Thus, one simply adapts and the drinking becomes geared to the palate rather than the needle pricks of Old Man Winter.  I confess, however, that ... Read More

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  • No sooner than the Fedex driver dropped off our fall Bedrock allocation their ... (x2)2017 Old Vine Zinfandel California  (x5)2017 Wirz Vineyard Old Vine Riesling Cienega Valley (x2) &nbs Read More

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  • California Bioenergy Serum has a lot of very unparalleled features. You want the whole works. If you won't see that you're as blind as a bat. Back when I was just a little kid I first saw California Bioenergy Serum. In my opinion, California Bioenergy Serum isn't used that way. That's the current price. You can't do this. I'm talking about a spe... Read More

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  • Yes, Rose is good for almost any occasion, isn't it?... excluding, perhaps ... ... in the Central Valley of California.  I can drink any wine with any weather, but find the cooler weather usually has me reaching for the heartier reds.  The generally cooled down whites probably appeal during the summer months along with, as is rightly pointed o... Read More

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  • Last night it was Vouvray - although a slightly upscale - though popular - ... ... - ... as Steen).  California jug wine generally has its share of this grape as well, and some jug wines are quite drinkable - especially if you are at a party and just want the presence of warm grapy scents and tastes to accompany your appetizers.Not much below... Read More

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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.

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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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