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

  • Purple Moon Winery

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

  • Cupcake Vineyards

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

  • Charles Shaw Winery

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

  • Joseph Carr

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

  • Canyon Road Winery

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

  • Matchbook

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

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California on Snooth

  • Byron Pinot Noir Santa Maria Valley 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by khovey


  • Byron Pinot Noir Santa Maria Valley 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by khovey


  • Clos du Bois North Coast Merlot 2010

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    Good, but nothing to write home about. Some blackberry and black cherry on the back end, with oak and cacao finishing off leading to medium chewy tannins and acidity to match...this average at best. Best with food - on the grill. Paul 84 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Decoy Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

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    Another fair but nothing to write about wine. The entry Duckhorn brand isn't about substance, that i've experienced, it's more about selling to the novice drinker at an exaggerated price point. This is a very easy going cabbie thst requires NO thought or or taste buds. What saves it is the lingering fruit on a beam of acidity that grows. Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • William Hill Cabernet Sauvignon North Coast 2012

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    A much more complex and integrated cabby than the price point implies ($14US). Loads of blasckberry, dark currant and plum, with spice and and maocha leadinf to a medium tannic finish, add to that a good acidic, juicy aftertaste and you have a cabbie woreth everyday drinking. Paul 88 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Lewis Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Napa 2010

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    Wow. This is what they mean when they talk about a powerhouse Napa Cab. Very dark in the glass. Slightly alcoholic nose. Cassis and prune on the tip of the tongue. Then something licoricemaybe, more herbal, like basiland dark chocolate. Very, very serious tannin. This wine just fills your mouth. I would think that this one can lay sideways... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Turn 4 White 2010

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    No written review

    Wine review by khovey


  • Monarch Glen Merlot 2014

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    No written review

    Wine review by LetUsTaste


  • Kendall-Jackson Vintners Reserve Chardonnay 2013

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    Another good showing for the style and price point. Green apples, vanilla and a slight nutty profile are front and center, but as it warms a citrus presence shows itself - a slightly creamy viscous back palate creates a medium aftertaste.Drink now - Paul 88 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Titus Sauvignon Blanc Andronicus 2012

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    2013 vintage from wine club at vom foss Read More

    Wine review by tjjm


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