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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

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Merlot

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

  • Pinot Noir

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

  • 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...

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

  • Livingston Cellars

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

  • Rockledge Vineyards

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

  • Tisdale Vineyards

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

  • 3 Blind Moose

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

  • Almaden Vineyards

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

  • Cupcake Vineyards

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

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California on Snooth

  • Liparita Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 1999

    Snoothrank:

    Murky maroon color in the glass. Musty nose. Quite timid on introduction to the palate. Fairly soft on entry, then there is a smoky, leathery thing. It isnt until mid-palate that some cassis flavor emerges. Then there is a very serious acid hit at the very back of the throat. After about 20 minutes thougha miracle happens. The wine seems ... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Bogle Vineyards Zinfandel California Old Vine 2009

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    No written review

    Wine review by Darcee


  • Waterfront Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Moment of Truth 2006

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    Incredible!! keep it up. Read More

    Wine review by MP5507


  • Ferrari-Carano Vineyards & Winery Tresor Reserve 2001

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    An 'ok', was expecting or shall I say hoping for much more given the age, but rather disappointed. Most probably not stored correctly and past its prime. Cedar and Chocolate with a long dry finish. Not very complex and for the price, many, many far better others available. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Duckhorn Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2012

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    Suggested as a choice with my Dinner meal along with the Mercer Chardonnay. Went with the Chardonnay, but this one was pretty good too. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Elizabeth Spencer Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2007

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    Light body with a beautifully balanced structure. Read More

    Wine review by Mr Dolce


  • E X S Block Nine Syrah Sonoma Coast 2009

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    A bit lackluster, not much stood out. Read More

    Wine review by Mr Dolce


  • E X S Block Seven Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast 2008

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    Memorable bouquet. Read More

    Wine review by Mr Dolce


  • Elizabeth Spencer Rutherford Napa Valley Chardonnay 2011

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    Bright with grapefruit. Read More

    Wine review by Mr Dolce


  • Atlas Peak Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Spring Mountain District 2007

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    Although a 2007, this gift from a dear friend was still quite young. Another 5 to 10 years this well crafted Spring Mountain selection could last. Bold tannins on the front, but as the wine opened. tannins soften with luscious layers of dark fruit. Enhanced our evening meal delightfully. Read More

    Wine review by Mr Dolce


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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.

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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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