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...

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Joseph Carr

    Joseph Carr wines are produced at Larson Family Vineyards in Carneros, bordering both Napa and So...

  • Carlo Rossi Vineyards

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

  • Tisdale Vineyards

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

  • Cupcake Vineyards

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

  • Estancia Estates

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

  • Middle Sister

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

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California on Snooth

  • Myriad Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2016

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    A lot of up front fruit--blackberry. It gives the impression of being a tad sweet. Normally, I would view that as a negative. Under the mid- rear- palate I get an unsweetened chocolate sensation that makes me think this is a real wine. Approachable now, but will, most assuredly keep for years. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Ceritas Pinot Noir Hacienda Secoya Vineyard 2012

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    Interesting wine. I see from previous notes that I had raved about this wine. This bottle, though, does not match that opinion. A very pretty bright floral nose. On the tip of the tongue, though, when I normally get fruit from just about any wine, I get no fruit, here. I get stoniness, I get savory and I get, maybe, salinity. I do get some... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • California Bioenergy:-- assist its duty to supporting part proprietors around ecological manageability, Land O'Lakes SUSTAIN as of late propelled Land O'Lakes SUSTAIN Innovation Financing, which offers qualified part proprietors up to $3 million in financing for huge scale supportability ventures, including methane digesters.https://offersupplem... Read More

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  • Halcon Wentzel Vineyard Pinot Noir 2015

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    A lot of red berry fruit on entry. Then, some very surprising, and pleasant, spiciness. Surprising, to me, tannin (for a PN). Fairly light bodied, although with an aftertaste that does linger. A very pleasant and complex wine. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Cline Mourvedre Rose Cline Mourvedre Rose 2011

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    No written review

    Wine review by marymarchell


  • Carnivor Zinfandel 2015

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    This pours with a rustic cherry coloration and has opaque qualities about....nice appearance! The aromas are of cherry, grape and unfortunately not much else....some booze and perhaps a touch of dark chocolate. The flavors are not that great either, with plenty of fruit juice, some mild oak and chocolate as well. Mouthfeel is the best part of... Read More

    Wine review by chriscage


  • Once & Future Frank's Block Teldeshchi Vineyard Zinfandel 2015

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    A very satisfying wine. Red berries--raspberry, cherry--on the tip of the tongue but, also, stone fruit--plum. A mid-palate suggestion of anise. Nice refreshing acid, but not to the point of tartness, Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Momen Trim Keto :-@A tummy tuck is a surgical procedure, and like any other ... Weather: Even in Southern California, there are times when the weather will preclude the use of outdoor swimming pools. If you are in search of a product to cure weight gain problems, it is advised to choose herbal cure.p { margin-bottom: 0.25cm; line-height: 120%;... Read More

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  • Carlisle Gruner Veltliner Steiner Vineyard Sonoma Mtn 2017

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    Aromatic nose. Stone fruit--peach, apricot--and some tropical fruit on the tip of the tongue. Some stoniness mid-palate, Nice, refreshing tartness. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Lagier Meredith Syrah 2014

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    Big mouth-filling wine. Quite viscous. Some tart cranberry on the tip of the tongue, but, then, it becomes very savory. Drink now or hold. I just don't think you can go wrong with this one. 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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