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...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Merlot

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

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • 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...

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

  • 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...

  • Livingston Cellars

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

  • Rockledge Vineyards

    High on the eastern slopes of Napa Valley just south of the town of St. Helena is a saddle covere...

  • Tisdale Vineyards

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

  • Charles Shaw Winery

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

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California on Snooth

  • Line Shack Pettie Sirah 2014

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    Wine review by anstett


  • Karo-Kann Cabernet Sauvignon Stags Leap District Napa Valley 2014

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    Wine review by anstett


  • Andrew Geoffrey Cabernet Sauvignon Diamond Mountain District 2004

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    This Cabernet is in its prime. The tannins have slightly withdrawn. Everything you want a great cab to be is definitely in this vintage. The finish is medium. Read More

    Wine review by zinfandel1


  • Grilling red meat in the back yard, tonight.  So, we're going with the California universal donor: I've, generally, liked Monte Rosso's although I was not particularly impressed with the '12 Zin from Bedrock.  This one is a return to the Monte Rosso mean--i.e., it is a very good, easy to enjoy wine.  I'm getting pleasant unsweetened red fruit--p... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • White Oak Chardonnay 2014

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    Another one from Lunch at Bravo's. Thin gold in the glass. Opens with Gravel, Pear, Kiwi, Smoke, and Ash. The Gravel, Earth, and Ash carry over to the Palate with underripe Peach, Honey, and Butter. Initially tight, medium acidity, then opens up very quickly in the Glass and becomes a medium oaked Chardonnay - quite pleasant. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Meiomi Pinot Noir 2015

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    Wine review by wlstiles3


  • Rodney Strong Reserve Malbec Sonoma County 2013

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    Full fruit aromas of ripe strawberry and cherry, soft clay and bold spice. Rich dark fruit flavors of black cherry and blackberry on the palate, a bit of medicine adding some complexity and sliding towards a mineral earth towards the finish that ends with perky tannins and smoky dark chocolate. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Flora Springs Family Select Chardonnay Napa 2015

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    Lemon cream and pear aromas with a honeyed green apple and golden raisin note. Silky and creamy in the mouth with pleasant oak spice and flavors of pear, peach and green apple. This has great length with a lingering spice and an almost green note of fresh herb and candied orange peel. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Myriad Cabernet Sauvignon Three Twins Vineyard 2012

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    Fresh fruity nose. Gentle entry that suggests berry fruitcurrant, blueberrybut only suggests. Some suggestion of slate. Interesting retro-nasal sensation of earthiness. Surprisingly (to me) light on tannins. A bit more tartness on the rear palate than I would normally like. Very pleasant finish where the earthiness continues. A very enjoy... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Workman Ayer de Facto Red Blend Central Coast 2013

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    Red fruit aromas of cherry raspberry and strawberry with pleasant baking spice and a creamy vanilla. Smoky, savory and tarry on the palate but still showing depth of fruit and a scratchy tannic structure with dark chocolate on the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


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