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

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • 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...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • 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

  • Almaden Vineyards

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

  • Charles Shaw Winery

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

  • Dumol Wine Company

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

  • Tisdale Vineyards

    Since its inception, the hallmark of E. & J. Gallo Winery’s founders has been their unwavering co...

  • Cupcake Vineyards

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

  • Purple Moon Winery

    About  Purple Moon Shiraz: The first bottle we tried, we could not believe how good the wine...

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California on Snooth

  • Tortoise Creek Wines Zinfandel "The Chelonian" Lodi 2015

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    Fruity floral boutique and fantastic value for money. Great wine to drink anytime Read More

    Wine review by icbang


  • Kendall-Jackson Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley Hawkeye Mountain 2010

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    No written review

    Wine review by Phyllis49


  • Folie a Deux Chardonnay Russian River Valley 2015

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    Ripe and lightly oaked. Pleasant wine. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • We got back from a long weekend on the West Coast of Florida with my family. ... I recommend to all of our California Cabernet lovers to seek this out. It's a winner and a decent QPR! &nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Liking that Liquid Farm Roger. I picked up a Golden Slope at Bottle Barn a ... ... Sabrina Marie - USA, California, San Francisco Bay, Santa Cruz Mountains (8/6/2017)Second bottle of this in the past couple weeks and 5th in the last year. There has been some varition in the past two. The last one had a very oxidative nose. Last night had the f... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Halcon Alturas Yorkville Highlands 2012

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    This wine may define savoriness in a Syrah. Nothing like my experience with the same wine two years ago. Very gentle red fruit on entry and, then, an almost saltiness. I still have yet to taste bacon in a Syrah, but I suspect that is the direction this one is going. Sedate tanninconsistent with two years of aging since my last report. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Keenan Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2009

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    On the tip of the tongue I am getting a quite light hit of black fruit. Anti-fruit-forwards, this might be your wine. The wine has to, pretty much, sit on your tongue for a few seconds before fruit is detected. Very interesting. Still some quite stiff tannin. As the wine warms, a bit, I seem to get more berry flavor, but, again, more toward... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • It sure looks like a great event.When we lived in Madison, I was amazed at how ... legislation declaring that California now has four official state nuts:  Almonds, Pecans, Pistachios and Walnuts.I've already heard the joke that California has 20 million state nuts.  So, if that came to mind, you're too late.Back on topic:  We're looking forwa... Read More

    Forum post in the topic 10th Annual 2017 Northwoods...


  • Parkers Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma County Private Reserve Old Vine Street 2000

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    Great wine for the price! Read More

    Wine review by Dreamscale


  • Beringer Moscato 2015

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    Sweet, delicious stand-alone wine that has all the benefits of Chardonnay without dryness. It is the only Moscato I've had so far that did not have a hint of bitterness or muskiness which is oft found with this grape variety. Also plays well with other flavours if you'd like to turn this into a summertime Sangria or add a dash of Schnapps (Blu... Read More

    Wine review by Aegelis


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