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

  • Zinfandel

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

  • 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...

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...

  • 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...

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...

  • Rockledge Vineyards

    High on the eastern slopes of Napa Valley just south of the town of St. Helena is a saddle covere...

  • Cupcake Vineyards

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

  • Matchbook

    This is a duplicate winery page of Matchbook Wine Company:

  • 3 Blind Moose

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

  • Joseph Carr

    Joseph Carr wines are produced at Larson Family Vineyards in Carneros, bordering both Napa and So...

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  • Wrath Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands Boekenoogen Vineyard 2012


    GREAT WINE FOR THANKSGIVINGCan't wait to enjoy with the family Read More

    Wine review by Dickie wines

  • Macmurray Estate Vineyards Pinot Noir Central Coast 2013


    No written review

    Wine review by ArchieBorealis

  • Groth Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville 2006


    More reddish than purple in the glass. Muted musty nosemay need more air time for SO2 to blow off. Pleasant light hit of red fruitplum, cherryon entry. Strong acid is complemented by quite firm (still) tannin. Some tobacco mid-to-back palate. Not a powerhouse Napa Cab to my way of thinkingmore like a claret. Good wine that nobody should fee... Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Meiomi Belle Glos Pinot Noir California 2013


    #20 of the 2015 Wine Spectator Top 100 Very well balanced, medium bodied, and a lovely pairing with almost anything. Read More

    Wine review by Mr Dolce

  • Sterling Merlot Winery Lake Vineyard 2008


    No written review

    Wine review by gianna30

  • Far Niente Winery Chardonnay Estate Bottled Napa Valley 2013


    No written review

    Wine review by Liandra160

  • Far Niente Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Bottled 2013


    No written review

    Wine review by Liandra160

  • Far Niente Cabernet Sauvignon Cave Collection United States California Napa County Napa Valley Red 2006


    No written review

    Wine review by Liandra160

  • Hess Select Chardonnay 2014


    My go to everyday Chardonnay. Can't go wrong for the price point! Read More

    Wine review by sbr1105

  • Francis Ford Coppola Winery Claret Diamond Series 2004


    No written review

    Wine review by mpratt002

  • Thank you very much for this information. I love the wine!.

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  • Beyond the Vine ( 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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  • 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 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 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....

    Comment by 308614THEDOGE 308614 THEDOGE

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