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...

  • 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

  • Livingston Cellars

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

  • Joseph Carr

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

  • Ca' Momi Wines

    "Ca’ Momi” wines are named for our family home in Northern Italy. The name also pays tribute to M...

  • Matchbook

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

  • Carlo Rossi Vineyards

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

  • Glass Mountain

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

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California on Snooth

  • La Petite Tour Classic White 2015

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    No written review

    Wine review by LetUsTaste


  • Aspara Syrah Carneros Las Madres Vineyard 2014

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    Some raspberry in the nose, but, then, more earthiness. Slightest hit of raspberry, but, mostly, earthiness, meatiness, maybe, mushroom on entry. A very interesting wine in that none of those flavors dominate. As soon as I detect one, it moves on and the next one steps in. Very modest in both tannin and acid. An outstanding wine. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Foppiano Vineyards Petite Sirah 2012

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    Dark purple in the glass as you would expect from a PS. Very fruity noseof dark berries. Big hit of fruit on introductionsweeter than blackberry, more like blueberry. Not a blockbuster PS. Very light on both tannin and acid. More of an easy drinker. Very easily worth the $15 I spent on it. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Schug Sauvignon Blanc Sonoma Coast 2015

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    Floral nose of wild flowers with some intriguing herbals coming through like tea leaf and grass with some peach and pineapple fruit. This is more about the mouthfeel than the acidity in the mouth, with some good fullness in the mouth and distant notes of grapefruit and gooseberry especially towards the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Gejas Big Bold Red Private Reserve 2013

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    No written review

    Wine review by LetUsTaste


  • Montevina Skyland Ridge Barbera 2012

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    Take this for what it isa low-dollar wine (< $9, for me) wine that is easy to drink. A slight hit of strawberry fruit on the tip of the tongue that, fortunately, disapates quickly. Nice tartness (that I associate with a lot of Barberas) that gives it a refreshing characteristic. Not fancy, but very drinkable. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Joel Gott 'Alakai' Grenache 2012

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    Had this one with Lunch yesterday at Marcello's Chophouse. Very interesting notes of Sake, in fact, loads of it - will need to try another bottle to see if the Sake smell and taste is an aberration. Medium-full in the mouth, silky, that a long and smooth finish with balanced medium Tannins and Acidity. Stewed Plum and ripe Cherries and White Pep... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Francis Ford Coppola Diamond Collection Claret 2014

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    Fruit forward and a bit jammy pop and pour. With some air the Petite Verdot showed itself and provided some complexity. Other bottles have impressed me more. This bottle came from a grocers shelf while on vacation and perhaps that degraded the wine. Will try another bottle as I like the Petite Verdot influence. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Kendall-Jackson Grand Reserve Merlot 2013

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    Soft red fruit aromas of raspberry and sweet cherry with a bit of chalky earth and some floral notes on the nose. Dusty and dry in the mouth, this delivers a rich red fruit palate with a dose of medicine and dark chocolate towards the finish. Good acidity and fresh earthiness towards the finish add some complexity here. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Glenn Ellen White Zinfandel 2002

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    Very good wine, Light Crisp Excellent summer wine. Read More

    Wine review by Tony Colozza


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