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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  • 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...

  • Merlot

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

  • 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

  • Ca' Momi Wines

    "Ca’ Momi” wines are named for our family home in Northern Italy. The name also pays tribute to M...

  • Rockledge Vineyards

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

  • Livingston Cellars

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

  • Canyon Road Winery

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

  • Tisdale Vineyards

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

  • Purple Moon Winery

    About  Purple Moon Shiraz: The first bottle we tried, we could not believe how good the wine...

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  • Halcon Alturas Yorkville Highlands 2018


    Dark berry fruit. Then I notice that this wine is more full-bodied than previous vintages. Very interesting. Also seems to be more tannic than previous efforts. Over the last five or six years I have enjoyed this bottling, but I really like the direction this is going. A much more fulfilling wine. Multiple thumbs up, Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Myriad Whole Cluster las Madres Vineyard Syrah 2015


    Delightful nose of violets and berries. Quite subdued berry--blueberry, blackberry--fruit on entry. Not as tart as my previous review in 2018. On the surface this doesn't seem like a particularly sophisticated wine, but surface observations may be faulty. Mid-to-rear palate I am getting retro-nasal sensations that mimic the nose and seem like... Read More

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  • That was weird, take a break and  someone steps in for you. Mark, ... ... being fruit bombs Zuf. California still getting no love. That’s ok, more wine for me.glad you liked it Mark, I haven’t opened one yet.Cheers! &nbs Read More

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  • Seghesio Zinfandel Sonoma 2018


    This wine opens with red fruit and, interestingly, some salinity, A suggestion of orange zest. A good amount of Zinfandel "bramble" that I don't see very often in modern renditions. Medium-bodied. Noticeable, but not intrusive, at all, tannin. Slightly hot, but, again, not really annoying. Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Lewis Cellars Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2012


    A big, bruising wine. Currant, blackberry opening--not over the top. Then unsweetened chocolate bitterness. Still tons of unresolved tannin and acid. Good wine, but, maybe not commensurate with the tarriff. Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Halcon Alturas Yorkville Highlands 2016


    Opens with nice dark fruit, then, some noticeable salinity. Nice tart acid fills the mouth. Interestinly, I had he full cluster fermented version of this wine (Elevacion), yesterday. This one is a "bigger" wine in every way. Much thicker mouth feel and much more full-bodied. I prefer this one. Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Halcon Elevacion 2016


    100% Whole Cluster fermented in contrast to Halcon's other Syrah bottling, Alturas.I know I have tried the '16 Alturas, but I cannot find any notes. So, any comparison is going to have to come from memory. I do remember that there was a Halcon Alturas that did not really whelm me. It had to have been the '16. This wine is quite lean. There ... Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Myriad Whole Cluster Syrah Sangiacomo Vineyard Petaluma Gap 2018


    Bright fruit--red berries. plums--introduce this wine. Brightness comes from just the right level of acidity. A nice, full-bodied wine. I had the stemmed and crushed version of this wine the other day, and this one is a much more approachable wine. I know I am committing infanticide, but curiosity won out. Remaining bottles will stay sidewa... Read More

    Wine review by EMark

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  • Beyond the Vine ( 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 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 expensive or inexpensive? Would like an opinion from someone.

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