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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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  • Bedrock Wine Company Evangelho Heritage Red 2015 Front Label
    Bedrock Wine Company Evangelho Heritage Red 2015
    Other Red Blends from San Francisco Bay, Central Coast, California
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  • Hourglass HG III Red Blend 2015 Front Label
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  • Bedrock Wine Company The Bedrock Heritage 2015  Front Bottle Shot
    Bedrock Wine Company The Bedrock Heritage 2015
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  • Bedrock Wine Company Gibson Ranch Heritage 2015  Front Label
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    • Saxum Paderewski Vineyard 2015  Front Label
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      • Bedrock Wine Company Pagani Ranch Heritage Red 2015 Front Label
        Bedrock Wine Company Pagani Ranch Heritage Red 2015
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      • L'Aventure Estate Cuvee Les Demoiselles 2015  Front Label
        L'Aventure Estate Cuvee Les Demoiselles 2015
        Other Red Blends from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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      • Cliff Lede High Fidelity 2015
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        • Next of Kyn Cumulus Vineyard No. 9 (1.5 Liter Magnum - Sine Qua Non) 2015  Front Label
          Next of Kyn Cumulus Vineyard No. 9 (1.5 Liter Magnum - Sine Qua Non) 2015
          Other Red Blends from Central Coast, California
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          • Buccella Mixed Blacks 2015  Front Label
            Buccella Mixed Blacks 2015
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              • Next of Kyn Touriga Nacional Cumulus Vineyard Numero Um 2015  Front Label
                Next of Kyn Touriga Nacional Cumulus Vineyard Numero Um 2015
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              • Bedrock Wine Company Lorenzo's Heritage 2015 Front Label
                Bedrock Wine Company Lorenzo's Heritage 2015
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                • Saxum Paderewski Vineyard (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2015 Front Label
                  Saxum Paderewski Vineyard (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2015
                  Other Red Blends from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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                • Booker Vineyard My Favorite Neighbor 2015 Front Label
                  Booker Vineyard My Favorite Neighbor 2015
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                • Bedrock Wine Company Papera Ranch Heritage Red 2015 Front Label
                  Bedrock Wine Company Papera Ranch Heritage Red 2015
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