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...

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Carlo Rossi Vineyards

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

  • 3 Blind Moose

    Truth be told, the moose aren’t blind. They just think it’s cool to share good wine with friends,...

  • Matchbook

    This is a duplicate winery page of Matchbook Wine Company: http://www.snooth.com/winery/matchbo...

  • Sullivan Vineyards

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

  • Tisdale Vineyards

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

  • Almaden Vineyards

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

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California on Snooth

  • Sterling Vineyards Platinum Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

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    This wine is AWESOME! I wish I would have ordered an entire case when I visited Sterling back in 2014! It is luscious.....a beautiful Cab for the price! Read More

    Wine review by DAILY WHINE


  • Sandlands Carignane Mendocino County 2013

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    Lightly fruited nosered berries, some dustiness. On the tongue, again, a light hit of red raspberry very (very) little suggestion of fruit sweetness. In fact, if anything there is more a suggestion of viney bitterness. Medium-bodied. To me, this one is fairly light on tannin, and the acid seems more sour than tart. I enjoy it, but it doesn... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Tisdale Vineyards Chardonnay California 2011

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    My go to Chardonnay.. Love it! Love the price! Read More

    Wine review by 1sparrow


  • Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir 2013

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    Delicious, affordable pinot from a local Santa Cruz Mountains producer that knows what they are doing. This full bodied pinot offers strawberry and cherry on the nose with a luscious mid palate, white pepper, and an elegant finish. Read More

    Wine review by BYAHHH


  • Grayson Cellars Zinfandel Central Coast 2015

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    Gorgeous depth of aromas and flavors. A definite winner in a comparative tasting.93pts. Read More

    Wine review by egon klimt


  • With all these fancy european wines I'm afraid to post my California Cab but guess what it's what we like! This 2013 Uppercut Cab is $22 at Total Wine and I orderd some on-line yesterday for $14 as a part of a Black Friday Weekend Sale. Pretty impressive for a 2013, Dark fruit on the nose, blackberry, blackcherry on entry and a fair amount of sp... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Good Wine, $20 and under


  • Joseph Phelps Insignia 2013

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    RP 100pts. performed young. the venue may have added. plus the first class service. by Alina Vassi also 2 for Sale. Cellared. Read More

    Wine review by William Djubin


  • Chloe Red Blend 2012

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    I just had a botle of the 2013. Very drinkable and mellow. Nice tanins, but not harsh or over done alcohol. Did an excellent job of blending. Read More

    Wine review by Scrat777777


  • Qupe Central Coast Syrah 2012

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    Not to bad - more of the softer syrah style, black and blue fruits and aromas with gamey notes, peppery tones, chocolate and herbs. Nice finish of moderate length equals pleasurable drinking. Drink now - Paul. 88 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Smoking Loon Syrah 2013

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    An easy drinking wine for the under $10 set. Mostly red fruits in this - currant especially - with spice, moderate tannins and balanced acidity. No special, just plain old non thinking wine to be enjoyed. 84 points - drink now. Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


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