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

  • 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...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • 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

  • Sullivan Vineyards

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

  • Matchbook

    Our Vision. "Produce wines we love to drink at prices we don't mind paying

  • Dumol Wine Company

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

  • Joseph Carr

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

  • Glass Mountain

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

  • Cupcake Vineyards

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

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  • Again " Peter and Adam dodged a bullet. The beginning of this pos Read More

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  • Thanks OUTTHERE, thanks for bringing the crop report for RRV and SLC ... the 2014 California Burgundy varietal worthy??,  your version of 2014 is negative.BTW (poss Moderator) -I was only celebrating the challenges and victories we need to celebrate on the Front-line. Relax.  Read More

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  • Provenance Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford 2006

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    Herbal, viney nose but with some hints of berry fruit. Initial hit of currants on the tip of the tongue. Then, there are hits from tannin and acid. A perfectly functional wine, but it does not seem to have much depth and complexity. Additional air seemed to calm down the tannin, but that only seemed to add to the berry fruit. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Pancake Cellars White Blend Paso Robles Big Day White 2009

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    Loved the fruitful flavor Read More

    Wine review by L2theORI


  • Kenwood Pinot Noir Russian River 2010

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    No written review

    Wine review by Nbrown04


  • Alexander Valley-Cabernet Sauvignon Franc

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    No written review

    Wine review by Lhers


  • Chappellet Estate Chardonnay 2012

    Snoothrank:

    This is a bit difficult for me because I like this winery, very much, and I have enjoyed multiple vintages of their chardonnay in the past. That being said, this one is very heavily oak and, to my way of thinking, carries the buttery characteristic much too far. I guess I am showing another of my prejudices when I report that it lacks acid to ... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Adam posted that on facebook on Wednesday morning. Keefer Ranch is in the RRV not SLH. The rain didn't start until 7pm and we only got  1/4". Thursday was sunny and breezy which was ideal given the overnight rain. Most all the Pinot in the area had been picked already. He was letting it hang as long as he could before the rain but those who did ... Read More

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  • Sullivan Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford Napa Valley 2012

    Snoothrank:

    The wine is a lovely ruby color in the glass with a dark indigo towards the center, classic Cabernet. The nose is not at all what I expected, rather than a blast of fruit like so many Cabernets today, this one had aromas of plum, raisin and graphite, overlaid with some notes of vanilla. The taste is quite nice, very warm and approachable, some... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • -And I mean; honestly mean Zero disrespect. towards Outthere.!  **as he explained the frontier visionaries of the wine industry and their methods in my Class. Thanks OT for clarifying. Read More

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