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

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Chardonnay

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

  • 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

  • Rex Goliath

    At age 70, I have had at least 50 yrs. of a glass of wine after my evening meals. Just recently,...

  • Purple Moon Winery

    About  Purple Moon Shiraz: The first bottle we tried, we could not believe how good the wine...

  • 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,...

  • Matchbook

    This is a duplicate winery page of Matchbook Wine Company: http://www.snooth.com/winery/matchbo...

  • Estancia Estates

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

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California on Snooth

  • Dashe Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel 2013

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    $19.99 tons of fruit flavor and spice. Full of Blackberry and cherry flavor. I love this wine. Pairs well with a peppery steak Read More

    Wine review by BobbyC10


  • Actually, Stephen, proper cellars in many parts of California are fine at getting to that temp. Problem is there are very few of them in CA since standard construction has almost never included proper basements similar to those further east. So you'll need to either add something after purchasing a house, or include in the design when building f... Read More

    Forum post in the topic How not to store wine


  • Did you buy through the winery or a brick and mortar?  I'm very ... ... the same DNA structure as California Zinfandel."Thanks for that. Pa Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines - Post Pictures...


  •  This is an interesting wine.  My understanding is that Tribidrag is ... much more subtley than any California Zin.  Everything seems so much more understated--berry/cherry fruit, tannin, acid all hold their own but seem to yield to the other.  I had the L-M '12 Tribidrag a few years ago, and  I don't think I liked it as much as this on Read More

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  • Lagier Meredith Tribidrag 2014

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    Very dark purple color. Nose of violets and blueberries. Spritzy entry of tart cherry. Mellows out as it passes back. Now it's like unsweetened plum juice. Moderate tannin. Fairly quick finish. This is an enjyable and interesting wine of subtlety. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Sterling Vineyards Vintners Collection Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

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    No written review

    Wine review by chriscage


  • Al Cooling is still a challenge in an underground cellar in Adelaide as we ... get similar hot summers to California where 40+C is not uncommonI have managed to get mine to stay below 20 and keep the variation to 2-3 degree range over the yearIts not perfect but its dark and dry and accessibleI have decided that given keeping new vintage wines ... Read More

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  • DM - That link isn't working.Well now, today I can edit the title.  I ... ... 15 minutes from me) and California (San Francisco), it was announced that Trump himself is under investigation.  I'll toast to tha Read More

    Forum post in the topic Current thoughts on our...


  • La Crema Monterey Pinot Gris 2015

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    Very nicely ripe but a bit bitter from what seems to be overextraction. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Plungerhead Lodi Zinfandel 2014

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    A lttle sweet but pretty darn good for the price. Will buy again even if I hate the stopper. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • 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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