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...

  • 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...

  • Pinot Noir

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

  • 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...

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

  • Livingston Cellars

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

  • Barefoot Cellars

    We got our start as a "garage wine" back in the Sixties but really stepped up what Barefoot wa...

  • Glass Mountain

    It has been more than hundred years since California wine pioneer Jean Laurent quarried stone fro...

  • Joseph Carr

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

  • Charles Shaw Winery

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

  • Tisdale Vineyards

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

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California on Snooth

  • Estancia Reserve Gsm 2014

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    Wine review by Mr Dolce


  • Novy Family Wines Syrah Santa Lucia Highlands 2010

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    Definitely one of the best twist offs I've had the pleasure of aging. Full bodied, deep dark fruit, complimented by a lasting finish. Read More

    Wine review by Mr Dolce


  • Andrew Murray "Tous les Jours" Syrah Santa Ynez Valley 2013

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    That does Rhone style reds at this price is good...that they are at a consistently high level is even better. this is big and bold, blueberries, sweetish dark cherry tannins, some cigar box, violets - yumm. 91 points - drink now - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Andrew Murray "Tous les Jours" Syrah Santa Ynez Valley 2013

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    Wine review by jose pendas


  • That is not this wine unfortunately.  It's born and raised right here in California. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Buying wine system


  • Cabot Zinfandel Humboldt County 2013

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    Lots of bright red fruit on entrycherry, raspberry. After passing the tip of the tongue I get the soil. Thats good because it tamps down the slightly excessive red fruit. Then acid and tannin kick in. Both are prominent and both are welcome. This is a darned good Zinfandel. Zins like this may tempt me away from Dry Creek Valley as Ground ... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Angeline Chardonnay Reserve Monterey County 2015

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    Sweet spice and creamy caramel notes open on the nose for hints of lemon and green apple, peach and vanilla creamsicle. Tart and citrusy in the mouth, with lemon curd and fresh green apple notes, bright acidity and a creamy, oaky finish that carries a touch of melon and pineapple. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Here's something for you to try - Lindeman's Centlemans Collection 2014 ... 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon from Californi Read More

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  • Brecon Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Paso Robles 2014

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    Fully spiced and assertive on the nose, this carries nice baking spice and raspberry aromas with some violet and rose petal notes. Warm, spicy and fruit forward on the palate, this carries raspberry, Bing cherry and chocolate notes with cinnamon and black pepper spice. The finish is a touch herbal and carries good structure, all in all an elegan... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Fritz the Cat?????????I'm guessing it wasn't THE Fritz the ... sure ... sure started up in Northern California. So, some of our N. California contributors may be familiar with it.  I happen to like their Corned Beef Hash.The decor is anything that has a bear on it.  So, the above picture is of a framed lablel of Three Bears American Red Grape ... Read More

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