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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 Grenache Jusqu'a l'os Eleven Confession Vineyard Grenache (1.5L Magnum) 2013 Front Label
    Sine Qua Non Grenache Jusqu'a l'os Eleven Confession Vineyard Grenache (1.5L Magnum) 2013
    Grenache from Sta. Rita Hills, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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  • Jaffurs Grenache 2013 Front Label
    Jaffurs Grenache 2013
    Grenache from Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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    • Sine Qua Non Female Grenache 2013 Front Label
      Sine Qua Non Female Grenache 2013
      Grenache from California
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    • Sine Qua Non Female Grenache (slightly torn label) 2013 Front Label
      Sine Qua Non Female Grenache (slightly torn label) 2013
      Grenache from California
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    • Sine Qua Non Jusqu'a l'os Eleven Confession Vineyard Grenache 2013 Front Label
      Sine Qua Non Jusqu'a l'os Eleven Confession Vineyard Grenache 2013
      Grenache from Sta. Rita Hills, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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    • Gregory Graham Crimson Hill Vineyard Grenache 2013 Front Label
      Gregory Graham Crimson Hill Vineyard Grenache 2013
      Grenache from Red Hills, Lake County, North Coast, California
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      • Martian Ground Control Grenache Noir 2013 Front Label
        Martian Ground Control Grenache Noir 2013
        Grenache from Central Coast, California
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        • Herman Story On The Road Grenache 2013 Front Label
          Herman Story On The Road Grenache 2013
          Grenache from Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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          • McPrice Myers L'Ange Rouge Grenache 2013 Front Label
            McPrice Myers L'Ange Rouge Grenache 2013
            Grenache from Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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          • TOR ROCK Cuvee Cooper Grenache 2013  Front Label
            TOR ROCK Cuvee Cooper Grenache 2013
            Grenache from Napa Valley, California
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          • A Tribute to Grace Santa Barbara County Grenache 2013 Front Label
            A Tribute to Grace Santa Barbara County Grenache 2013
            Grenache from Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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            • Adelaida Grenache 2013 Front Label
              Adelaida Grenache 2013
              Grenache from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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            • Booker Vineyard Ripper Grenache 2013 Front Label
              Booker Vineyard Ripper Grenache 2013
              Grenache from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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            • Le P'tit Paysan La Marea Grenache 2013 Front Label
              Le P'tit Paysan La Marea Grenache 2013
              Grenache from Central Coast, California
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            • Jeff Cohn Cellars El Diablo Grenache 2013 Front Label
              Jeff Cohn Cellars El Diablo Grenache 2013
              Grenache from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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              • Shypoke Quilie's Grenache 2013 Front Label
                Shypoke Quilie's Grenache 2013
                Grenache from Calistoga, Napa Valley, California
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              • Joel Gott Alakai Grenache 2013 Front Label
                Joel Gott Alakai Grenache 2013
                Grenache from California
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                • A Tribute to Grace Shake Ridge Ranch Vineyard Grenache 2013 Front Label
                  A Tribute to Grace Shake Ridge Ranch Vineyard Grenache 2013
                  Grenache from Amador, Sierra Foothills, California
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                • Chalone Grenache 2013 Front Label
                  Chalone Grenache 2013
                  Grenache from Chalone, Monterey, Central Coast, California
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                • Elizabeth Spencer Mendocino Grenache 2013 Front Label
                  Elizabeth Spencer Mendocino Grenache 2013
                  Grenache from Mendocino, California
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                  • Donkey & Goat  El Dorado Grenache Noir 2013 Front Label
                    Donkey & Goat El Dorado Grenache Noir 2013
                    Grenache from El Dorado, Sierra Foothills, California
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                    • Bonny Doon Clos de Gilroy Grenache 2013 Front Label
                      Bonny Doon Clos de Gilroy Grenache 2013
                      Grenache from Central Coast, California
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                      • Jeff Runquist R Grenache 2013 Front Label
                        Jeff Runquist R Grenache 2013
                        Grenache from California
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                        • Dashe Les Enfants Terribles Grenache 2013 Front Label
                          Dashe Les Enfants Terribles Grenache 2013
                          Grenache from Sonoma County, California
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                          • A Tribute to Grace Santa Barbara Highlands Vineyard Grenache 2013 Front Label
                            A Tribute to Grace Santa Barbara Highlands Vineyard Grenache 2013
                            Grenache from Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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