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...

  • 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 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...

Popular Wineries in California View all

  • 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...

  • Cupcake Vineyards

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

  • Livingston Cellars

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

  • Carlo Rossi Vineyards

    Every year the Great Central Valley of California provides harvests of uniquely delicious grapes....

  • Dark Horse Wine

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

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California on Snooth

  • Rex Goliath Merlot Monterey County Free Range 2010

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    SHOCKING !! Had this last night - house wine in The Office restaurant, Ridgewood ,NJ . One of best Merlots in a long time- had no idea how inexpensive it was. SHOCKING ! You have to taste it to believe it- won't be buying any other merlots for quite a while- try it and be prepared to be shocked Read More

    Wine review by Orange84


  • Menage a Trois Silk Soft Red Blend 2014

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    Got to say, silk certainly describes this wine well. Love the blend of these wines. Goes down like...well....silk. Nice price. Sure it's not a deep full bodied cab, but it does exactly what it is designed to do. Very pleased. Read More

    Wine review by Susan425


  • Tisdale Pinot Grigio 8a-1 Red

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    I like it enough to use as a filler bottle. I feel it would satisfy the nine wine conessuier. Read More

    Wine review by amandapertusetirelan


  • Turning Leaf Vineyards Merlot California 2010

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    I got this as a wine rack filler and only paid $3.50+tax. For that price, it serves it's purpose. Smooth to someone with deeper pallet. Read More

    Wine review by Susan425


  • Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Sauvignon Blanc Aveta 2014

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    Had this with dinner at Savoy last evening. I don't drink Sauvignon Blancs very often, but for this dinner, asked the Waitperson to choose a glass of wine or Bourbon for each of 3 courses. Pleasantly surprised with this one, paired with a Salad Special with Butter Lettuce, Bacon, & Gorgonzola. Very well balanced, smooth, and more body than I exp... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Hess Allomi Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

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    Fairly oaky nose. Candy sweet on introductionblackberry, big time. Some dark plum hints. Some earthiness. Very sedate tannin, although it does pop up on the rear palate. Quite a short finish. The candied fruit on entry discourages me from going back for more of this one. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Camden Place Paso Robles 'Highland Red' 2013

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    a very pleasant "Ziny" with others and blended to keep you happily drinking till long after you should not. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • Beringer Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

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    No written review

    Wine review by johnnyxbar


  • Beckman Purisima Mountain Vineyard Syrah 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by johnnyxbar


  • Beckman Purisima Mountain Vineyard Syrah 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by johnnyxbar


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