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

  • Coastal Vines Chardonnay 2013

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    Undrinkable Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • "I think to limit the conversation to just Cali cabs is to ... Where in the OP was California specified?     Humor me, I'm getting old. [shrug Read More

    Forum post in the topic Wines at release and down the...


  • Coastal Vines Merlot 2013

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    Barely drinkable Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Coastal Vines Merlot 2013

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    Barely drinkable Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Cline Viognier North Coast 2014

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    Dependable white. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Grgich Hills Cellars Chardonnay Napa Valley 2012

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    Very clear yellow color. Some oak on the nose. Nice acid on the tip of the tongue calms my fears about being overoaked. Lots of upfront fruitstone fruit, citrus (lemonish). As indicated, oak is discernible, but it is certainly not over the top. Overall, this is a crisp, refreshing wine. I would compare it to a white Burgundy, but it is on... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Tortoise Creek Merlot the Revivalist 2013

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    Dark earth and stony tar notes of thick blackberry on the nose. This turns quite sharply towards red fruit in the mouth, with thick tannins filling in the sides of the palate thats full of black cherry and raspberry and an herbal note of eucalyptus on the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • "I think to limit the conversation to just Cali cabs is to ... Where in the OP was California specified?I think it's patently absurd to talk about 'Cab Sav' (the ultimate Americanization--where'd the 'u' go?) without reference to Bordeaux, and other New World sites. I also think it's absurd to talk about how wine improves over time without disc... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Wines at release and down the...


  • Not clear to me where, specifically, this thread is aimed. An overview of how ... get far too many grey hairs? California reds? All Cabs worldwide? OK to bring in maturation profiles for others, whether red or white? Even things like vintage ports? How about not just French but Italian varietals? So on and so forth. Seems a bit flaccid, scatte... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Wines at release and down the...


  • EMARK - I DON'T KNOW THAT I'VE EVER BOUGHT A CASE OF WINE AT ... ... entry.  My bias for California wines notwithstanding, this is a good example, as GregT likes to insist, of a very reasonably priced ($51, EDIT Oops a bit dyslexia here, make that $15) wine from Iberia that comes to me pre-aged. Let me get the negative out first.  This is not ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


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