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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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...

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  • 3 Blind Moose

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

  • Sullivan Vineyards

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

  • Dumol Wine Company

    Our 25 acre biodynamically farmed Estate Vineyard is located on an undulating eastfacing slope of...

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Menage a Trois Midnight

    Snoothrank:

    an excellent budget winevery luxurious mouthfeel, fruity Read More

    Wine review by snoothrox


  • Menage a Trois Merlot 2013

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    mouthfulfruit forwardlush Read More

    Wine review by snoothrox


  • Morgan Cotes du Crow's 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by alacker


  • Joel Gott 'No.815' Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by alacker


  • Louis M. Martini Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma 2012

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    Very nice balanced middle of the road cab. Nice bit of fruit, nice bit of acid and a nice bit of soft tannins. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Wear your state with pride! We are trying to spread the love for your ... ... other wearables for Michigan-California-Wisconsin and many others on the way! michigan sweatshir Read More

    Forum post in the topic Livnfresh


  • Wear your state with pride! We are trying to spread the love for your ... ... other wearables for Michigan-California-Wisconsin and many others on the way! michigan sweatshir Read More

    Forum post in the topic Livnfresh


  • A oak A - the fact that it said Burgundy on the bottle is entirely irrelevant. ... ... from Australia and California, and "sherry" from many places besides Jerez. The Hungarians had to sue the Italians, who called their wine Tocai. Meantime Kraft makes a product called "cheddar"  They even have New York Cheddar. And there's "parmesan" cheese ... Read More

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  • Gundlach Bundschu Mountain Cuvee 2011

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    Not bad but not great Sonoma Valley red blend by Gun Bun. On the nose there's a bit of a sharp blueberry note. The palate is a thin mix of blueberry, blackberry and some black cherry. The acidity is medium low and the finish is somewhat short. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Limerick Lane Zinfandel Rocky Knoll 2012

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    Fairly dark purple color. Big Zinfandelly noseblackberries, woods. Slides very easily over the tongue. Not nearly as fruity as the aromas forecasted. There are hits of blackberry and prune, but very sedate. Firm, not obvious, tannins. Nice acidity makes for good drinkability. Wonderful balance. No alcohol heat at all. Something of a c... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


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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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  • 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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