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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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    Saxum Paderewski Vineyard 2013
    Other Red Blends from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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  • Sebastiani Gravel Bed Red Blend 2013 Front Label
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  • Outpost Immigrant True Vineyard 2013 Front Label
    Outpost Immigrant True Vineyard 2013
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  • Booker Vineyard My Favorite Neighbor 2013 Front Label
    Booker Vineyard My Favorite Neighbor 2013
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  • Arietta Variation One 2013 Front Label
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  • Bedrock Wine Company Evangelho Heritage Red 2013 Front Label
    Bedrock Wine Company Evangelho Heritage Red 2013
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    • Next of Kyn Cumulus Vineyard No. 7 (Sine Qua Non) 2013  Front Label
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    • Stolpman Vineyards La Croce 2013 Front Label
      Stolpman Vineyards La Croce 2013
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    • Bedrock Wine Company Dolinsek Ranch Heritage 2013 Front Label
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    • Hourglass HG III Red Blend 2013 Front Label
      Hourglass HG III Red Blend 2013
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      • Lewis Cellars Alec's Blend Red 2013 Front Label
        Lewis Cellars Alec's Blend Red 2013
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      • Melka Majestique Paderewski Syrah 2013  Front Label
        Melka Majestique Paderewski Syrah 2013
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      • Chalk Hill Estate Red (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2013 Front Label
        Chalk Hill Estate Red (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2013
        Other Red Blends from Chalk Hill, Sonoma County, California
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      • Next of Kyn Cumulus Vineyard No. 7 (1.5 Liter Magnum - Sine Qua Non) 2013  Front Label
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      • Alpha Omega Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah  2013  Front Label
        Alpha Omega Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah 2013
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        • World's End Wavelength 2013 Front Label
          World's End Wavelength 2013
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