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

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Canyon Road Winery

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

  • Glass Mountain

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

  • Cupcake Vineyards

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

  • Middle Sister

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

  • Rex Goliath

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

  • Livingston Cellars

    Since 1984 and 17 years, the de facto estate wine of Livingston Moffett winery has been bottled ...

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California on Snooth

  • Rodney Strong Vineyards Pinot Noir Rose Russian River Valley 2017

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    Warm spice and cherry aromas with a touch of watermelon and strawberry. Nicely fruity on the palate, smooth and generous with pleasant spice and notes of cherry and strawberry, finishing clean and light with a flaky pastry creaminess. Easy to like.. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Edna Valley Vineyard Rose 2016

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    Chunky cherry and watermelon fruit with deep earth aromas and a bit of spice. A bit bitter on the palate with edges of cherry and flabby watermelon. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Edna Valley Vineyard Rose California 2017

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    Earthy, smoldering herb and cherry notes on the nose with some minerality and strawberry. Zesty and fresh on the palate with light watermelon notes. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Dark Horse Rose California 2017

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    Chunky peach and light apricot notes on the nose with wet slate. Clean and light on the palate with soft cherry, strawberry and cranberry notes, medium acidity and grapefruit zest towards the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Wilson Creek Winery & Vineyards Decadencia Chocolate Port NV

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    Decadencia is smooth to drink and the chocolate flavor with the wine is superb. Read More

    Wine review by mrswilli


  • Bedrock Hudson Vineyard South T'N'S-blocks Syrah 2013

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    Dark purple in the glass. Earthy, maybe a "forest floor" nose. I always get fruit on the tip of the tongue and, sure enough, lite red fruit--cherry, suggestion of strawberry, stone fruit. Then the earthiness happens, mid-palate. Nice tart acid. I could use a bit more backbone from tannin, but I'm still OK with this wine. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Forestville White Zinfandel 2010

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    No written review

    Wine review by FLLADY 8115


  • Field Recordings Creston Ridge Vineyard Sangiovese Rose Paso Robles 2017

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    Fresh peach and dried persimmon notes with a hint of something herbal and a bit of fresh melon. Zesty and bright on the palate with orange leaf, creamsicle and strawberry notes with a really pleasant fresh pumpkin note and a floral finish. Truly intriguing and a nice departure from the norm. 91 pts Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Model Farm Santa Cruz Mountains Chardonnay 2016

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    Pretty straw color. Nose of tropical fruits. On the tongue a very obvious lemon. Oak is restrained, although, there is a suggestion of caramel. Bitter sensation on the side of the tongue makes me think of lemon pith. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Field Recordings French Camp Vineyards Valdiguie Rose Paso Robles 2017

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    Strawberry with hay and barley aromas, a touch of cherry and some citrus notes on the nose. This is a bit biscuity on the palate with loads of citrus zest and sparkly acidity, cherry, grapefruit and tangerine fruit, some melon rind and a finish of warm spice and a creamy texture. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


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  • Beyond the Vine (www.4beyondthevine.com) has completed it’s first in a series of blind tasting to find the best Syrah producer in Santa Clara County. The first flight was a good representation of 12 Syrah from south Santa Clara County and one inexpensive mystery bottle. Entries were as follows; ’07 Clos La Chance, ’07 Creek View, ’07 Fernwood, ...

    Comment by 921334greg112558 921334 greg112558


  • zinfandel

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  • Zinfandel

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  • Is there a winery in or near Pleasanton, CA that has a good merlot? My daughter is there working and I wanted her to pick me up some local wine.

    Comment by 541781Pam Burns 541781 Pam Burns


  • Does anyone have any comments about Peay Wines?

    Comment by 512854hawks8999 512854 hawks8999


  • Has anyone ever heard of "Kitchen Sink" vineyards? I was given a bottle of KITCHEN SINK red........it was a mixture of cabernet, petite Sirah, merlot, zinfandel. It was actually a nice surprise in taste. I just don't know where to get it......is it expensive or inexpensive? Would like an opinion from someone.

    Comment by 156349shari duff 156349 shari duff


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  • This a most amazing,wine growing state.We have such an array of decent to great wines to please the novice all the way to the greatest wine snob.-to be continued....

    Comment by 308614THEDOGE 308614 THEDOGE


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