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...

  • Zinfandel

    Parentage of the grape: Crljenak to Austria to America. In the 1970s, claims surfaced that the Italian Primitivo is l...

  • 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...

  • Chardonnay

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

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Cupcake Vineyards

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

  • Glass Mountain

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

  • Livingston Cellars

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

  • Carlo Rossi Vineyards

    Every year the Great Central Valley of California provides harvests of uniquely delicious grapes....

  • Almaden Vineyards

    For over 150 years, Almaden Vineyards wines have been welcome at America's table. We offer a wide...

  • Matchbook

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

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  • Rutherford Hill Cab 2002

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    Wine review by erickafilm


  • Murphy-Goode California Chardonnay 2013

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    Crisp apple pie and crumb cake aromas with vanilla ice cream and a touch of peach. This is a dry wine but has some perceived sweetness from the white grape and peach flavors, slight autolytic yeastiness and oaky vanilla notes. A fun, fresh and fruity Chardonnay that is fairly simple but nice. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Cline Cellars Zinfandel California 2004

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    Wine review by erickafilm


  • Geyser Peak Devil's Inkstand Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2011

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    Deep inky red color. Aromas are quite pronounced, with black currant, black cherry and blackberry fruit and an herbal note of eucalyptus. Very full mouthfeel, deep and rioe with blackberry fruit, cinnamon and clove, supple tannins, black olive and more than a hint of toast. Some coffee notes, dark cacao nibs and overall an elegant presentation d... Read More

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  • Geyser Peak Pinot Noir Pluto's Fury 2012

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    There's a fair bit of complexity in the herbal cherry aromas of this Pinot. There's a bit of sage, cranberry and raspberry as well. Elegant and rosy in the mouth, with more cherry flavors, cinnamon and crushed violets. Really a lovely, delicate and well balanced wine with excellent structure and minerality. Read More

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  • Geyser Peak Devil's Inkstand 2011

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    Dark black fruit aromas of black currant, blackberry, and cinnamon with some wooded aromas of cedar and forest floor. A strong blend of Cabernet and Petit Verdot, this wine has a fair bit of structure and good fruit flavors, with some savory notes of teriyaki and black olive, clove, cinnamon, black currant and a long finish with chocolate coffee... Read More

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  • Murphy-Goode California Chardonnay 2013

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    Green apple and caramel aromas are light and clean. Flavors of honey and cream, light honeydew melon and almond. A fresh and light, easy-drinking Chard. Read More

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  • Murphy-Goode Island Block Chardonnay Alexander Valley 2013

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    Slightly hot aromas of dried apricot, honeysuckle and peach. More peach and citrus aromas, a hint of bay leaf and cut lemongrass, green apple, vanilla and a long finish of butter and tea leaf. Read More

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  • Fritz Chardonnay Russian River Valley 2012

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    Green apple and honey aromas are light and fresh with a bit of fresh cut mango and papaya. Full and round mouthfeel, a bit chunky and certainly pleasant, with peach pit, more mango, green apple, a bit of lemon meringue and a touch of cream on the long finish. Read More

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  • Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley 2010

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    Elegant and mellow red fruit aromas of cassis and strawberry along with a floral note. This delicate and delicious Cabernet is soft and supple in the mouth, with balanced acidity and ripe blackberry fruit, gentle leather and cocoa notes mix with a bit of black cherry and coffee. For lovers of a gentler, silky style of Cabernet which is perfectly... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


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