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

  • 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...

  • 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

  • 3 Blind Moose

    Truth be told, the moose aren’t blind. They just think it’s cool to share good wine with friends,...

  • Cupcake Vineyards

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

  • Dark Horse Wine

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

  • 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....

  • Dumol Wine Company

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

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California on Snooth

  • Sutter Home Chardonnay California 187 NV

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    Good 4$ wine. Read More

    Wine review by ApelsecS


  • Menghini Sauvignon Blank 2016

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    watery, flavourless... Read More

    Wine review by ApelsecS


  • Menghini Cabernet Merlot 2016

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    Scam for tourists in Julian. Read More

    Wine review by ApelsecS


  • Menghini Syrah 2015

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    Prunes make this Syrah a bit better than Merlot (http://www.snooth.com/wine/menghini-cabernet-merlot-2016/?t=reviews&r=4329599) from that winery but still it costs amazingly a lot for such a poor quality. Read More

    Wine review by ApelsecS


  • Apothic Crush Smooth Red Blend California 2015

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    Velvety aromas of black cherry and black pepper. Warm, juicy and expressive in the palate with red berry and raspberry flavors, warm and firm on the palate with a confectionary finish of powdered sugar and cherries. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Seeing that list some of the states have big wine industries (California, Oregon and Virginia) but why Missouri is such friendly place for wine drinkers? Also, from the outside, I see the US as a country that strongly believes in free entreprise, and since the Reagan era has lifted a lot of barriers and regulations. So, why alcoholic beverages d... Read More

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  • Parducci True Grit Reserve Red Mendocino County 2013

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    Soft cherry, milk chocolate cocoa powder and violets with a mellow spice on the nose. Starts off delicate on the palate but develops into a bold, assertive wine of structure and rich flavors, dark chocolate and bramble fruit and herbal licorice on the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Rusack Syrah Ballard Canyon Estate 2013

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    Light red fruit on entryplum, mostly. Savoriness, some earthiness, very moderate tannin and very moderate acid. An enjoyable, easy-to-drink wine. Definitely a drink now wine, not a candidate for taking up cellar space. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Diego, a few years ago somebody posted a link to a report that discusses your ... anymore.I can also add that California, District of Columbia, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, Oregon and Virginia were the highest rated states.  All of them:Allow winery-to-consumer shippingAllow retailer-to consumer shippingDo not have government control of ... Read More

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  •  If they have a connection to a store in VA, then they charge sales tax ... ... that they should be good California corporate citizen Read More

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