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

  • 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...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Merlot

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

  • 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...

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

  • Livingston Cellars

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

  • Canyon Road Winery

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

  • Estancia Estates

    Estancia’s winemakers strive to combine the best of both worlds: a state-of-the art winemaking fa...

  • Glass Mountain

    It has been more than hundred years since California wine pioneer Jean Laurent quarried stone fro...

  • 3 Blind Moose

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

  • Dark Horse Wine

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

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  • California has it good. Earthquakes are our way of keeping the tourist traffic in check. Read More

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  • And did you feel that earthquake yesterday, the one that was a 6.9?  It ... ... of you.  We thought California had it bad....'The 6.9-magnitude earthquake hit a mountainous area 43 kilometers (27 miles) east-northeast of Tambo at a depth of 101 kilometers (63 miles), according to the U.S. Geological Survey. Read More

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  • A P Vin Rosella S Vineyard Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands 2012

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    Wine review by William Djubin


  • Caymus Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2011

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    The Bottle, the Cork, the richness of the view, and the bouquet on the Nose. (Bakers Chocolate, Smoke, Espresso Roast, Leather)Thank you Caymus Vineyards. your 2011 Caymus - 1st Class Bottle was enjoyed during a 3 hour dinner/ decanted. The host exclaimed Great Wine Period after his guest exclaimed Great Food Period. Thanks for sharing. William Read More

    Wine review by William Djubin


  • Clos du Val Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2003

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    Quite dark in the glass. Kind of a sweet wood nose. Very easy on the fruit on introduction to the palate. Its easy to see that this one has a few years on it. While I say it is easy on the fruit, there is detectable fruity sweetness around the edges of the tongue. Tannins have been tamed, but are apparent. Good acid. Something of black t... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Matthew Fox Cabernet Sauvignon California 2009

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    I like this a whole lot. It is extremely affordable and delicious. I prefer it to $10 and $15 bottles and it's only about $3.75 where I buy it.....unbelievable!!!!!!great wine. I also like the merlot and zinfandel from this brand Read More

    Wine review by scrappy777


  • Adelaida Ice Wine NV

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    Very much enjoyed this dessert wine from Adelaida in Paso. Rich, ripe apricot, honey and orange cream are balanced with just the right amount of acidity. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Hahaha..Greg.  This guy isn't a putz either.  he drinks $40 BC ... At least WineBid.com is in California and shipping would be safe for anything expensive.Oh, this guy did say the Bordeaux was a 2009.  A decent year for most Bordeau Read More

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  • Happy Camper Merlot 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by lakenvelder


  • Boy, OT, you're right.  Once again I neglected to read all the ... ... amount of wine directly from California-based wineries.  Doing that is not particularly inexpensive, but allows me to procure wines that may be harder to find in retail stores  Yes, these are hang-ups, but they are hang-ups.  ; Read More

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  • Have any of you tried the 2007 Seghesio Family Winery Sonoma County Zinfandel This amazing wine rated a 93 with Wine Spectator and was # 10 of their top 100. I tasted it at a wine show just the other day and it is everything they say it is! I can get my hands on some bottles for cheap. Write me back at chris.shipps@gmail.com is you have any in...

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  • Interesting, I don't see the Temecula AVA listed. Is anyone following it? I live in San Diego and over the last 8 years have seen some good, consistent producers emerge as well as some interesting up-and -comers.

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