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...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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 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...

Popular Wineries in California View all

  • Glass Mountain

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

  • Charles Shaw Winery

    The Charles Shaw label is best known for producing wines of “extreme value.” These became popul...

  • Sullivan Vineyards

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

  • Barefoot Cellars

    We got our start as a "garage wine" back in the Sixties but really stepped up what Barefoot wa...

  • Dumol Wine Company

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

  • 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

  • Deloach 'Russian River Valley' Zinfandel 2012

    Snoothrank:

    Wonderful zin, though not the big & ballsy style that many are used to. This is more refined and elegant than rustic. Plenty of briary blackberry aromas with spice, vanilla aromas, dried red berry filling it out. There is plenty of zip to the content with it's acidity and the tannins frame well. Drink now - Paul 89 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Bogle Pinot Noir 2014

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    Juicy red fruit flavors blend with a nice layer of spice.90pts Read More

    Wine review by egon klimt


  • Bogle Old Vines Zinfandel 2014

    Snoothrank:

    Beautifully rich without going sweet. Excellent with b-b-q pork.92pts Read More

    Wine review by egon klimt


  • Bogle Vineyards Zinfandel Old Vines 2014

    Snoothrank:

    Outstanding blend that performs much above the price point!91pts Read More

    Wine review by egon klimt


  • Carnivor Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

    Snoothrank:

    Consistent in vintage to vintage. Inky dark juice in the glass, blackberry, bosenberry, oak, tongue coating tannins, chocolate and good acidity puts this above it's price points. Full and smooth, I've found that this is better with a couple of years in the cellar. Drink now - Paul 88 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Dmecker it's $32 ;-)Formerly known as California Gamay it's actually planted all over the State. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Wildfires Threaten Wine Regions in California, PortugalWildfires are again ravaging California, threatening the vineyards and livelihoods of many in notable winegrowing regions. South of Carmel Valley, the Soberanes fire has been blazing since July 22, burning more than 79,000 acres. The fire is still only 60 percent contained, but has not threa... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Wildfires in Cali & Portugal


  • Vancouver in WA is not Vancouver in B.C., OT. I've been to the WA version ... Can't remember any 'California' gamay. I have had Gamay Noir or 'Gamay Beaujolais' several times over past decades, though those were often rolls of the dice. Assuming they're better recently though none of them make it across the Pacifi Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • They've had a hell of a time with it in Burgundy, like a 50-90% lost ... ... ... (above) in 2016.Southern California/Mexico harvest already in full effect.In South Africa, Vintners on the cape dealt with torrid heat, drought, wildfires, and more in '16.&nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic Harvest 2016


  • Gunsight Rock Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

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    Fruit-bomb Paso Robles style with Impressive long finish like cherry pie, excellent value Read More

    Wine review by joebernardinoATyahoo


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