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California Red Wine

Learn about California red wine, common tasting notes, where the region is and more ...

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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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  • Booker Vineyard Ripper Grenache 22 2015 Front Label
    Booker Vineyard Ripper Grenache 22 2015
    Grenache from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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  • Jeff Cohn Cellars El Diablo Vineyard Grenache 2015 Front Label
    Jeff Cohn Cellars El Diablo Vineyard Grenache 2015
    Grenache from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Sine Qua Non Le Chemin Vers l'Heresie Grenache 2015 Front Label
    Sine Qua Non Le Chemin Vers l'Heresie Grenache 2015
    Grenache from California
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  • Sine Qua Non Eleven Confession Grenache E 2015  Front Label
    Sine Qua Non Eleven Confession Grenache E 2015
    Grenache from California
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  • Paul Lato Ora et Labora Bien Nacido Vineyard Grenache 2015  Front Label
    Paul Lato Ora et Labora Bien Nacido Vineyard Grenache 2015
    Grenache from Santa Maria Valley, Central Coast, California
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  • Herman Story Late Bloomer Grenache 2015  Front Label
    Herman Story Late Bloomer Grenache 2015
    Grenache from California
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  • Herman Story On The Road Grenache 2015  Front Label
    Herman Story On The Road Grenache 2015
    Grenache from Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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  • A Tribute to Grace Shake Ridge Ranch Vineyard Grenache 2015  Front Label
    A Tribute to Grace Shake Ridge Ranch Vineyard Grenache 2015
    Grenache from Amador, Sierra Foothills, California
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  • Outpost Howell Mountain Grenache 2015  Front Label
    Outpost Howell Mountain Grenache 2015
    Grenache from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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  • Booker Vineyard Grenache Ones 2015 Front Label
    Booker Vineyard Grenache Ones 2015
    Grenache from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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  • Villa Creek Garnacha 2015  Front Label
    Villa Creek Garnacha 2015
    Grenache from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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