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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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  • Gia by Gia Coppola Red Blend (1 Liter Bottle) 2019  Front Label
    Gia by Gia Coppola Red Blend (1 Liter Bottle) 2019
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    • Leviathan  2019  Front Label
      Leviathan 2019
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    • The Prisoner Wine Company The Prisoner Red Blend (375ML half-bottle) 2019  Front Label
      The Prisoner Wine Company The Prisoner Red Blend (375ML half-bottle) 2019
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    • Sean Minor Nicole Marie Red Blend 2019  Front Label
      Sean Minor Nicole Marie Red Blend 2019
      Other Red Blends from North Coast, California
      • TP90
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    • Ridge Lytton Springs 2019  Front Label
      Ridge Lytton Springs 2019
      Other Red Blends from Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California
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    • Meiomi Red Blend  Front Label
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      • The Crane Assembly Disciples 2018  Front Label
        The Crane Assembly Disciples 2018
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        • WW90
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      • Ridge Three Valleys Red 2019  Front Label
        Ridge Three Valleys Red 2019
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      • L'Aventure Optimus 2018  Front Label
        L'Aventure Optimus 2018
        Other Red Blends from Willow Creek District, Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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      • Dueling Pistols Dry Creek Red Blend 2016  Front Label
        Dueling Pistols Dry Creek Red Blend 2016
        Other Red Blends from Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California
        • TP92
        • JS91
        • WW90
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      • Big Max Red Blend 2017  Front Label
        Big Max Red Blend 2017
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        • Dark Horse Double Down Red Blend Front Label
          Dark Horse Double Down Red Blend
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          • Parducci True Grit Reserve Red Blend 2019  Front Label
            Parducci True Grit Reserve Red Blend 2019
            Other Red Blends from Mendocino, California
            • WE91
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          • Hourglass HG III Proprietary Red Blend 2019  Front Label
            Hourglass HG III Proprietary Red Blend 2019
            Other Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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            • Ancient Peaks Paso Robles Renegade 2019  Front Label
              Ancient Peaks Paso Robles Renegade 2019
              Other Red Blends from Santa Margarita Ranch, Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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            • Fess Parker Frontier Red Blend  Front Label
              Fess Parker Frontier Red Blend
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              • WW89
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            • Roth Estate Heritage Red 2018  Front Label
              Roth Estate Heritage Red 2018
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              • Dark Horse Big Red Blend  Front Label
                Dark Horse Big Red Blend
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                • TP90
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              • Buena Vista Chateau Buena Vista Proprietary Red 2018  Front Label
                Buena Vista Chateau Buena Vista Proprietary Red 2018
                Other Red Blends from North Coast, California
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                • Menage a Trois Red Blend 2020  Front Label
                  Menage a Trois Red Blend 2020
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                  • Robert Mondavi Private Selection Rye Barrel Aged Red Blend 2018  Front Label
                    Robert Mondavi Private Selection Rye Barrel Aged Red Blend 2018
                    Other Red Blends from Monterey, Central Coast, California
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                    • Menage a Trois Silk Soft Red Blend 2020  Front Label
                      Menage a Trois Silk Soft Red Blend 2020
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                      • Orin Swift Cellars Machete 2019  Front Label
                        Orin Swift Cellars Machete 2019
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                      • 19 Crimes Snoop Cali Red 2020  Front Label
                        19 Crimes Snoop Cali Red 2020
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                        • Troublemaker Red Blend  Front Label
                          Troublemaker Red Blend
                          Other Red Blends from Central Coast, California
                          • WE90
                          3.9 563 Ratings
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