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

  • Charles Shaw Winery

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

  • Almaden Vineyards

    For over 150 years, Almaden Vineyards wines have been welcome at America's table. We offer a wide...

  • Canyon Road Winery

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

  • Middle Sister

    Because we remember swim lessons and day camp and beach houses. Because we forget bad boyfriends,...

  • Carlo Rossi Vineyards

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

  • Ca' Momi Wines

    "Ca’ Momi” wines are named for our family home in Northern Italy. The name also pays tribute to M...

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California on Snooth

  • Zin-Phomaniac Zinfandel Lodi 2015

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    Wine review by Pecos4


  • The Dreaming Tree Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

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    No written review

    Wine review by chriscage


  • Paul Dolan Vineyards Zinfandel Mendocino County 2015

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    Woody pencil shaving and ripe blueberry and raspberry fruit aromas. Spicy, bold and assertive with black strap molasses and blackberry preserve fruit, full acidity and a tangy, tart and tannic finish of milk chocolate and vanilla bean. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • The Loire is the 2nd most common region for Cot/Malbec in France to the extent ... ... you often encounter in California. Not that all CA and OR PNs are like that, fortunately.Next some pinot noir from the Loire, Dunca Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Fess Parker Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir 2014

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    Garnet in color and a bit shy on the nose with medium light weight. Redish blue fruit with great acidity and a very tame finish. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Michael Pozzan Michael Pozzan Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

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    expected a lot more from such a featured winery... Read More

    Wine review by ApelsecS


  • Zin-Phomaniac Zinfandel Lodi 2015

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    Dusty black tea, raspberry and blueberry aromas. Chewy red fruit and baking spice flavors, tart and full of mixed berry with more of the dried black tea leaf flavor coming through with strawberry and cinnamon on the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • I'll start this one off with a comparison of two Cabernet Franc wines, both ... as good as the higher end California Cabernet Francs or the French Cabernet Francs to be sure, but I could drink this one on a weekly basis.  It is not tart to my tongue, and I would say medium tannins are present.  This one was worth the money, namely about $40.Wil... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Taste Comparison: Same...


  • Acorn Alegria Vineyards Heritage Vines Zinfandel Russian River Valley 2014

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    Candied raspberry and strawberry aromas with a concentrated cherry preserve note and mixed berry frosting. Dry and earthy but still with loads of fruit, this is well made with creamy palate and textured tannins coming through towards the finish of cranberry and clove. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Joel Gott Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

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    reminds Buccaneer Cab but more smooth Read More

    Wine review by ApelsecS


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