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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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

  • Sullivan Vineyards

    Arriving in the Napa Valley in 1972, Jim and JoAnna Sullivan purchased property in Rutherford, wh...

  • Estancia Estates

    Estancia’s winemakers strive to combine the best of both worlds: a state-of-the art winemaking fa...

  • Purple Moon Winery

    About  Purple Moon Shiraz: The first bottle we tried, we could not believe how good the wine...

  • Rockledge Vineyards

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

  • Ca' Momi Wines

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

  • Rex Goliath

    At age 70, I have had at least 50 yrs. of a glass of wine after my evening meals. Just recently,...

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California on Snooth

  • Your comments are understandable, DM.  Daniel's profile page indicates ... ... he would be able to find California wines pretty easily.  My prejudice for California wines nottwithstanding, I really thought I was making it easy for him by highlighting them.I really do not know how ubiquitous NZ wines are in NC, but they are on every grocery stor... Read More

    Forum post in the topic what to drink


  • Patz & Hall Hudson Vineyard Chardonnay 2012

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    Tropical fruitkiwi, papayaand, maybe, stone fruit on the tip of the tongue. Stone or slate mid-palate. Light touch of oak. Refreshing tartness. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • "In addition to California examples you should be able to find Sauvignon Blancs from New Zealand and South America."Wow, let's go with the more obscure and exotic SBs, eh Mark? And can we be more California-centric??  ;-)Sauvignon Blanc started from France. The Loire River Valley and the Graves and surrounding portions of Bordeaux. Those are gen... Read More

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  • Spaghetti and Bratwurst??  Are you trying to bing back the Axis?  If ... up on my list of favorite California Chardonnay makers.  Light touch on the oak.  Tropical fruit--kiwi, papaya--on the front of the tongue.  Slate or some other earthiness mid-palate.  Nice, refreshing tartness.  This bottle won't last lon Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines


  • Welcome to the Snooth Forum, DD.  We hope you enjoy your stay and share ... ... but Chardonnay from California is, probably, pretty easy to find.  Chardonnay is a wine that can be made in different styles--mostly depending on the amount of oak used in the aging process, but don't get too wrapped around the axle about that.Another white wine t... Read More

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  • Redwood Creek Mendoza Malbec 2011

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    No written review

    Wine review by Khriz


  • Josh Cellars Merlot 2013

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    Remarkable for the price, should be on Spectator's best 100 , 91 pts Read More

    Wine review by joebernardinoATyahoo


  • Bedrock Wine Co. Ode To Lucien 2013

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    Very nice purple color. Not a big fruity nosemore vegetative, although that is really not the word. Think hay bales. Thats it as much as anything. As suspected, light on the fruit on entry. While light, I find it charmingblueberry, hint of currant. Medium-bodied wine. Light, but noticeable tannin. Tart acid. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Glass Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2003

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    Delicious surprise, smooth with pleasant finish. Would definitely recommend Read More

    Wine review by NutritionDoc


  • J Lohr Riverstone Chardonnay Arroyo Seco 2014

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    No written review

    Wine review by twilightblue02


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