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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Dumol Wine Company

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

  • Dark Horse Wine

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

  • Charles Shaw Winery

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

  • Rockledge Vineyards

    High on the eastern slopes of Napa Valley just south of the town of St. Helena is a saddle covere...

  • Estancia Estates

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

  • Canyon Road Winery

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

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California on Snooth

  • Ledson Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley Pine Mountain 2003


    No written review

    Wine review by gmb468

  • Crane Lake Riesling 2015


    Sweet riesling. Read More

    Wine review by Bergeist

  • Lagier-Meredith Syrah 2011


    Nicely sedate levels of dark fruit on entry. Equally nice levels of structural tannin and acid. Very much full-bodied. Very pleasant, albeit brief, aftertaste. Interestingly, alcohol burn sensation lingers on the tongue for several seconds after swallowing. My little gripe notwithstanding, I think this is a well-made, savory wine that is easy... Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Titus Zinfandel 2014


    Very pretty blue/purple in the glass. Red fruit on entryraspberry, a bit of cherry. Then, some good tannin. Good. This wine has backbone. Not as rustic as a DCV Zin, but, certainly, not a wimp. Probably, not a good match for an elegant dinner, but winner, winner with a more casual meal. Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Bonterra Pinot Noir Mendocino County 2016


    Dusty notes of plum, raspberry and mixed baking spice on the nose. Nicely textured on the palate, a touch medicinal with cherry cola and zesty spice. Black cherry and red currant fruit with a bit of resinous earth coming through, some licorice and a bold spice to the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Cline Family Cellars Viognier North Coast California 2016


    Peach candy and dried apricot notes on the nose with tropical notes of pineapple. Creamy and full bodied on the palate, this carries a lot of fresh fruit - flavors of peach, ripe apple, pineapple and mango with a dry finish of earthy oak toast. Juicy up front and warming on the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Emblem Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2014


    Milk chocolate and red currant preserve aromas with clove and cinnamon spice, black cherry, savory earth and blueberry on the nose. Medium plus body in the mouth with loads of character and fresh fruit flavors of cherry, blackberry and black currant, tart acidity adding another dimension and plum fruit riding through to the dense finish of choco... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Silverado Cabernet Sauvignon 2013


    Dark cherry color. Nose of dark fruit. Very gentle entry--blackberry, cassis, maybe, black plum. Somewhat uncomplicated. VERY mild on tannin and acid. Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • St. Francis Chardonnay 2015


    ABV 14.5% Very ripe with moderate acidity and is dominated by oak tannin. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher

  • 5k Moscato 2013


    I never liked moscato until I tried this one. I love that this moscato isn't syrupy. It's a really well balanced fruit forward moscato. 5% goes to charity. Read More

    Wine review by rootstock18

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