California Wine U.S.
Learn about Californian wine, common tasting notes, where the region is and more ...
Responsible for the vast majority of American wine production, if California were a country, it would be the world’s fourth largest wine-producing nation. The state’s diverse terrain and microclimates allow for an incredible range of wine styles, and unlike tradition-bound Europe, experimentation is more than welcome here. Wineries range from tiny, family-owned boutiques to massive corporations, and price and production are equally varied. Plenty of inexpensive bulk wine is made in the Central Valley area, while Napa Valley is responsible for some of the world’s most prestigious and expensive “cult” wines.
Each American Viticultural Area (AVA) and sub-AVA of has its own distinct personality, allowing California to produce wine of every fashion: from bone dry to unctuously sweet, still to sparkling, light and fresh to rich and full-bodied. In the Napa Valley, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc dominate vineyard acreage. Sonoma County is best known for Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Rosé and Zinfandel. The Central Coast has carved out a niche with Rhône Blends blends based on Grenache and Syrah, while Mendocino has found success with cool climate varieties such as Pinot noir, Riesling and Gewürztraminer. With all the diversity that California has to offer, any wine lover will find something to get excited about here.
Beaulieu Vineyard Georges de Latour Private Reserve 1982Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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Diamond Creek Volcanic Hill Cabernet Sauvignon 1982Cabernet Sauvignon from California
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Opus One (cut capsule) 1982Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
Kenwood Artist Series Cabernet Sauvignon 1982Cabernet Sauvignon from Sonoma County, California
Silver Oak Napa Valley Bonny's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1982Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California