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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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  • Sine Qua Non Patine Grenache (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2011 Front Label
    Sine Qua Non Patine Grenache (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2011
    Grenache from Sta. Rita Hills, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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    Sine Qua Non Patine Grenache Eleven Confessions Vineyard 2011
    Grenache from Sta. Rita Hills, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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  • Ojai John Sebastiano Grenache 2018  Front Label
    Ojai John Sebastiano Grenache 2018
    Grenache from Sta. Rita Hills, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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  • A Tribute to Grace Vie Caprice Vineyard Grenache 2018  Front Label
    A Tribute to Grace Vie Caprice Vineyard Grenache 2018
    Grenache from Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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  • Potek Winery Tierra Alta Syrah 2015  Front Label
    Potek Winery Tierra Alta Syrah 2015
    Grenache from Ballard Canyon, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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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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  • 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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  • Qupe Sawyer Lindquist Vineyard Grenache 2016 Front Label
    Qupe Sawyer Lindquist Vineyard Grenache 2016
    Grenache from Edna Valley, Central Coast, 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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  • 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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  • A Tribute to Grace Provisor Vineyard Grenache 2014 Front Label
    A Tribute to Grace Provisor Vineyard Grenache 2014
    Grenache from Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California
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  • Epiphany Rodney's Vineyard Grenache 2017  Front Label
    Epiphany Rodney's Vineyard Grenache 2017
    Grenache from Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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  • Potek Winery Demetria Grenache 2015  Front Label
    Potek Winery Demetria Grenache 2015
    Grenache from Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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  • A Tribute to Grace Santa Barbara County Grenache 2018  Front Label
    A Tribute to Grace Santa Barbara County Grenache 2018
    Grenache from Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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  • Sine Qua Non Rattrapante Grenache 2012 Front Label
    Sine Qua Non Rattrapante Grenache 2012
    Grenache from Sta. Rita Hills, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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  • Denner Grenache 2017  Front Label
    Denner Grenache 2017
    Grenache from Willow Creek District, Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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  • Sine Qua Non This Is Not An Exit Grenache & Syrah (6 bottles in OWC) 2009  Gift Product Image
    Sine Qua Non This Is Not An Exit Grenache & Syrah (6 bottles in OWC) 2009
    Grenache from California
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  • Sine Qua Non The Duel Grenache 2008 Front Label
    Sine Qua Non The Duel Grenache 2008
    Grenache from California
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  • Sine Qua Non Rattrapante Grenache (1.5L Magnum) 2012 Front Label
    Sine Qua Non Rattrapante Grenache (1.5L Magnum) 2012
    Grenache from Sta. Rita Hills, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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