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...

  • Zinfandel

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

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • 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

  • Cupcake Vineyards

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

  • Dumol Wine Company

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

  • Ca' Momi Wines

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

  • Canyon Road Winery

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

  • Sullivan Vineyards

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

  • Livingston Cellars

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

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California on Snooth

  • Kenwood Pinot Noir Russian River Valley 2014

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    Pretty, clear garnet color. Light cherry nose. Tart cherry on entry. Some slight bitterness that seems to be diminishing. While not offensive, it is pretty undistinguished. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Emark a couple of months ago wtso sent out notice of which state you lived,it ... ... list, however I thought California was one of the states with no restrictions  &nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic WTSO Settlement might get you...


  • Dirty & Rowdy Chenin Blanc 2016

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    Crystal clear, pretty, yellow color. Somewhat floral nose. On the tonguebone dry and quite tart. Very lean, and, probably, a good accompaniment with shellfish. Ill be testing that theory in about an hour. I like the crispnessit makes this a very drinkable wine. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • The Calling Pinot Noir Russian River Valley 2014

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    Had at matt the Miller Read More

    Wine review by gmb468


  • Sterling Vineyards Sparkling Rose California 2016

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    Intriguing strawberries and cream on the nose with notes of vanilla frosting, plum and cherry. Well balanced and mild on the palate, fruit notes of cherry and strawberry with herbal and earthy grapefruit pith and warm spice on the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Sterling Vineyards Blanc de Blancs Napa Valley 2016

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    Refreshing lemon zest aromas with hints of grapefruit and a light toast. In the mouth this is intriguing with equal parts fresh fruit and spicy acidity. Peach and apricot with creamy texture and a bold, zesty zip of citrus fruit pave the way for a mellow toasted hazelnut finish. Pleasantly balanced and refreshing yet bold and assertive. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Keenan Merlot 2013

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    Keenan Merlots seem to taste like baby Cabs. I get some cassis, but, frankly, not a lot of fruit, here and some leather from this one. Surprisingly moderate tannin compared to what I have experienced with previous vintages of this bottling. I suspect that they augmented Spring Mountain estate grapes with more than usual Valley floor or Carner... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • If you were a provider of a service that the government says you have to have ... if you ever get to Southern California--and there are any number of reasons why you might do so--please try to get together with us here in Diamond Bar.  You can be assured that we will go deep into the cellar and enjoy some good wine Read More

    Forum post in the topic Current thoughts on our...


  • Paul, I appreciate your story.  Here is mine.In 2011 I was laid off from ... well.So, I was steered to a California program called MRMIP--Managed Risk Medical Insurance Program.  For a mere $1600 per month, my wife and I could aford coverage.  Of course this coverage was from a well-known--and, I have to say, highly regarded--medical corporati... Read More

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  • Tuck Beckstoffer Estate Amulet Red Blend Napa 2014

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    Dark purple fruit aromas of blackberry preserve, black currant and plum with soft earth. This is bold and drying on the palate with thick, commanding tannins that sink into the tongue, laying down a thick coating of earth and spice that at first obscures a bit of the fruit, until bold fruit blueberry, black currant and licorice burst onto the pa... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


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