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...

  • 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...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • 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...

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

  • Dumol Wine Company

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

  • Almaden Vineyards

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

  • Livingston Cellars

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

  • Carlo Rossi Vineyards

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

  • Cupcake Vineyards

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

  • Sullivan Vineyards

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

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California on Snooth

  • Keyways Vineyard & Winery Petit Verdot Temecula Valley 2008

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    Another wine of unclear provenance from an estate disposition, I have to say, though, it's pretty good. Lovely dark color with absolutely no bricking. Red fruit on the nose, but with a hint of alcohol. VERY fruity on the tip of the tongue--red bing cherry, red table grapes. It is almost sweet, although, there is still some obvious acid that... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Bell Wine Cellars Clone 6 Cabernet Sauvignon 2007

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    Beautiful dark plum color, Something of a "tart" nose. Lots of black fruit on the tongue--blackberry, currant, and black plum. Some savoriness mid-palate.Then I notice that there is still some stout tannin, here, A big, full-bodied wine, Early front-runner as my WOTY. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Hi folks!You probably remember me as a guy with fancy pairing choices, so here ... ... and had a bottle of California Pinot Gris... and at some point I felt like crispy red sweet apple would be best for pairing when it's a bit fried...It's very easy to make - just drop an apple of your choice wrapped in a foil into oven at 500F for... a while... Read More

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  • Heitz Grignolino 2000

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    This was given to me by my brother-in-law who found it in an estate. I have no reason to believe that this wine was stored in anything like preferred conditions. However, the bottle looked great and the fill looked good. The cork crumbled when I pulled it. So, that was not a good sign. However, the color in the glass was good--red plum with... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Carol Shelton Karma Reserve Red Wine 2015

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    Very nice opening of black raspberry. Then some salinity. Very obvious acid, and fairly sturdy tannin, More a "rustic" wine as opposed to a "refined" one--exactly what a Zinfandel-based wine should be. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Ridge Lytton Springs Dry Creek Valley 2015

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    I'm going to be a bit kinder to this wine than I was a year and a half ago. I am still getting bright red fruit--raspberry, plum, and I am still surprised at the relative lack of tannin. However, it has rounded out to a nice, mouth-filling wine. I am wondering if this is a stylistic change at the winery. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


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  • The Ojai Vineyard Roll Ranch Syrah 2015

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    Very attractive plum color in the glass. Some "sourness" in the nose. Blackberry and prune on the tip of the tongue. Then some slate. A fairly big wine, especially, when compared to other Ojai reds I've had, lately. Similarly, more tannin than I have seen in recent Ojai wines. I think this wine can improve with several years of aging. On ... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


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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, ...

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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.

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  • Does anyone have any comments about Peay Wines?

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  • 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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