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 »

Mentor for Californian Wines

Eric Guido

Food and Wine Writer for Snooth Media, Chef, Musician, Poet, Wine Lover, and Workaholic. Owner, Chef and Writer for The V.I.P. Table.

View Profile » View Top Lists »

Other Mentors

See all Mentors »

View More

Popular wines made in California under $20

Find local availability for these wines:Submit

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...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Cupcake Vineyards

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

  • 3 Blind Moose

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

  • Estancia Estates

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

  • Dumol Wine Company

    Our 25 acre biodynamically farmed Estate Vineyard is located on an undulating eastfacing slope of...

  • Barefoot Cellars

    We got our start as a "garage wine" back in the Sixties but really stepped up what Barefoot wa...

  • Glass Mountain

    It has been more than hundred years since California wine pioneer Jean Laurent quarried stone fro...

Page 6 of 1,000

California on Snooth

  • Sea Glass Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir 2014

    Snoothrank:

    Not a bad entry level pinot and well worth $10. It has a dark cherry profile that adds richness with an earthiness and touch of spice. Good daily drinker. 86 points - drink now - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Simi Winery Sonoma County Chardonnay 2014

    Snoothrank:

    Good - pineapple, vanilla, green apple with juicy acidity - good daily drinker. Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Horse & Plow Winery Zinfandel Grist Vineyard Dry Creek Valley 2011

    Snoothrank:

    Can't remember where or when I picked this bottle up, but it is swell. Dark, opaque Red Purple in the glass. Opens with grass and herbal plum cherry preserves; then a bit of dark chocolate cherries; hint of peach; then more roasted cherries. A big smooth mouthful, with it seems, enough tannins to last a few more years.Nice balance of fruit and o... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Dashe Dry Riesling Mcfadden Farm Potter Valley 2015

    Snoothrank:

    Fruity on the nose with lemon, grapefruit and green apple notes plush and fresh and a touch of oak. Perky acidity and a bit spicy on the palate, the citrus and stone fruit character continues with white peach, pink grapefruit and lemon pith, finishing with more oak notes that are more on the herbal side than the creamy side. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Bogle Vineyards Phantom Clarksburg 2013

    Snoothrank:

    No written review

    Wine review by masonmm01


  • St. Supery Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

    Snoothrank:

    Nice unsweetened dark fruit on entry. Lots of earthiness. Lots of oaky factors. Stiff tannins suggested that patient aging will be beneficial. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Carnivor Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

    Snoothrank:

    No written review

    Wine review by zachattack77


  • Enkidu 'E' Old Vine Zinfandel 2014

    Snoothrank:

    Red fruitraspberry, strawberry, plumwith slate on entry. Mid palate shows earthiness as initially suggested by the slate. Nice tannin and acid. An easy drinker. This is the kind of Zin that you want a lot of in your cellar. It is an easy go to with any kind of casual dinner. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Broke my own rule of staying away from 2013 California wines..... And paid for it.... We followed this 2013 Sojourn Pinot Noir-Rogers Creek for 4 DAYS and all I can say is that the tannins are singing...... And for a PN they are screaming..... I will hold our other botttle a few years...... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Cabot Klamath Cuvee Red Table Wine 2009

    Snoothrank:

    Nose of red fruit. On the tongue Im getting a little bit of cherry, but more earthiness. Not as big or robust as I might have expected for a Zin/Syrah blend. Great tannin. Its funny, Ive never described tannin as great, before, but in this wine the tannin provides substance. So, at the rear of the palate, I am getting the robustness that I ... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


prev 1 ...  4 5 6 7 8  ...  1000 next




View larger map



Best Wine Deals

See More Deals

Californian Wine Top Lists


Recent Forum PostsView all


Californian wine ratings and reviews





Snooth Media Network