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California Red Wine

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California is a winemaking colossus; by itself it is the fourth largest producer in the world. Red wine accounts for 56% of the total by volume, and red grapes 63% of total acres planted. In addition, a number of California red wines are heralded as being among the most prestigious and sought-after wines in the world.

While the state’s incredibly diverse geography, soils and microclimates allow for a wide array of styles, the key factor unifying California red wine is the abundance of sunshine and a long, consistent growing season. This leads to well-developed fruit marked both by impressive ripeness and balancing acidity.

The state’s most famous red wine region, of course, is Napa Valley, where Cabernet Sauvignon reigns as king. But California boasts a wealth of other impressive appellations. The much larger and climatically varied Sonoma County also produces world class California Cabernet, along with wonderful examples of California Pinot Noir and Zinfandel.

Fine versions of Cabernet and Zinfandel hail from Paso Robles as well, which is also gaining fame with Rhone varietals like Syrah and Grenache. As for Pinot Noir, terrific examples can be found from AVA’s such as Anderson Valley, Carneros, Santa Lucia Highlands and Sta. Rita Hills. Wineries in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties are making wonderful Syrahs, and the Sierra Foothill appellations are proving to be an experimental hotbed, with Italian and Spanish varietals employed to great effect.

This of course is a mere sketch. The subject of California red wine is as deep and broad as an ocean, and absolutely a joy to explore!

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  • Site Larner Vineyard Grenache 2017  Front Label
    Site Larner Vineyard Grenache 2017
    Grenache from Ballard Canyon, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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  • Herman Story Late Bloomer Grenache 2017  Front Label
    Herman Story Late Bloomer Grenache 2017
    Grenache from California
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    • A Tribute to Grace Santa Barbara Highlands Vineyard Grenache 2017  Front Label
      A Tribute to Grace Santa Barbara Highlands Vineyard Grenache 2017
      Grenache from Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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    • Herman Story On The Road Grenache 2017  Front Label
      Herman Story On The Road Grenache 2017
      Grenache from Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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    • Sine Qua Non Gorgeous Victim Grenache 2017  Front Label
      Sine Qua Non Gorgeous Victim Grenache 2017
      Grenache from California
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    • Outpost Howell Mountain Grenache 2017  Front Label
      Outpost Howell Mountain Grenache 2017
      Grenache from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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    • Beckmen Estate Grenache 2017  Front Label
      Beckmen Estate Grenache 2017
      Grenache from Central Coast, California
      • JD94
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    • Leo Steen Provisor Vineyard Grenache 2017 Front Label
      Leo Steen Provisor Vineyard Grenache 2017
      Grenache from Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California
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    • Booker Vineyard Ripper Grenache 2017 Front Label
      Booker Vineyard Ripper Grenache 2017
      Grenache from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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      • V94
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    • A Tribute to Grace Shake Ridge Ranch Vineyard Grenache 2017  Front Label
      A Tribute to Grace Shake Ridge Ranch Vineyard Grenache 2017
      Grenache from Amador, Sierra Foothills, California
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      • Dashe Les Enfants Terribles Grenache 2017 Front Label
        Dashe Les Enfants Terribles Grenache 2017
        Grenache from Clarksburg, Yolo County, California
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        • Tessier Fenaughty Vineyard Grenache 2017  Front Label
          Tessier Fenaughty Vineyard Grenache 2017
          Grenache from El Dorado, Sierra Foothills, California
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          • Ojai John Sebastiano Grenache 2017  Front Label
            Ojai John Sebastiano Grenache 2017
            Grenache from Sta. Rita Hills, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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          • Peter Mathis Grenache 2017  Front Label
            Peter Mathis Grenache 2017
            Grenache from Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County, California
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            • Bokisch Vineyards Terra Alta Vineyard Garnacha 2017  Front Label
              Bokisch Vineyards Terra Alta Vineyard Garnacha 2017
              Grenache from Lodi, California
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            • A Tribute to Grace Hofer Vineyard Grenache 2017  Front Label
              A Tribute to Grace Hofer Vineyard Grenache 2017
              Grenache from Central Coast, California
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              • A Tribute to Grace Vie Caprice Vineyard Grenache 2017  Front Label
                A Tribute to Grace Vie Caprice Vineyard Grenache 2017
                Grenache from Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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              • Clif Family Winery Grenache 2017  Front Label
                Clif Family Winery Grenache 2017
                Grenache from North Coast, California
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                • Skinner Grenache 2017  Front Label
                  Skinner Grenache 2017
                  Grenache from El Dorado, Sierra Foothills, California
                  • WE92
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                • Lindquist Sawyer Lindquist Vineyard Grenache 2017  Front Label
                  Lindquist Sawyer Lindquist Vineyard Grenache 2017
                  Grenache from Edna Valley, Central Coast, California
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                • Cass Winery Grenache 2017 Front Label
                  Cass Winery Grenache 2017
                  Grenache from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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                  • Margerum Santa Barbara Grenache 2017  Front Label
                    Margerum Santa Barbara Grenache 2017
                    Grenache from Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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                  • Hahn SLH Grenache 2017  Front Label
                    Hahn SLH Grenache 2017
                    Grenache from Santa Lucia Highlands, Monterey, Central Coast, California
                    • TP95
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                  • Lost Blues High Horse Grenache 2017  Front Label
                    Lost Blues High Horse Grenache 2017
                    Grenache from Central Coast, California
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                  • Shypoke Quilie's Grenache 2017  Front Label
                    Shypoke Quilie's Grenache 2017
                    Grenache from Calistoga, Napa Valley, California
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