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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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  • Del Dotto Giovanni's Tuscan Reserve 1999  Front Label
    Del Dotto Giovanni's Tuscan Reserve 1999
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    • Behrens & Hitchcock Ode to Picasso Red 1999 Front Label
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    • Delectus Julia Cuvee 1999 Front Label
      Delectus Julia Cuvee 1999
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      • Fife Max Cuvee 1999
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        • Cosentino Il Chiaretto Table Red 1999
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          • Kendall-Jackson Collage Zinfandel/Shiraz 1999 Front Label
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            • Ridge California Coast Range 1999 Front Label
              Ridge California Coast Range 1999
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              • Geyser Peak Winemakers Reserve Petite Verdot 1999
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                • Del Dotto Giovanni's Tuscan Reserve (3 Liter Bottle) 1999  Front Label
                  Del Dotto Giovanni's Tuscan Reserve (3 Liter Bottle) 1999
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                  • Pepi Colline di Sassi 1999 Front Label
                    Pepi Colline di Sassi 1999
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                    • Preston Vineyards Faux Rhone Style Blend 1999
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                      • Pepperwood Grove Caberent Franc 1999
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                        • Rosenblum Cellars Cote Du Bone Ch La Paws 1999 Front Label
                          Rosenblum Cellars Cote Du Bone Ch La Paws 1999
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                          • Bonny Doon Ca' del Solo Big House Red 1999 Front Label
                            Bonny Doon Ca' del Solo Big House Red 1999
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                            • Kendall-Jackson Collage Cabernet/Merlot 1999 Front Label
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                              • Laurel Glen Reds California 1999
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                                • Kendall-Jackson Collage Cabernet/Shiraz 1999 Front Label
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                                • Wild Hog Nebbiolo Russian River Sara Lee Vineyard 1999
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                                  • Valley of the Moon Cuvee de Luna 1999 Front Label
                                    Valley of the Moon Cuvee de Luna 1999
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                                    • Ravenswood Old Vine Zinfandel 1999
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                                      • Ravenswood Icon 1999 Front Label
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                                        • Au Bon Climat Mondeuse Pinot Noir 1999
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                                          • Seavey Caravina 1999
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                                            • Toasted Head Cabernet Syrah 1999
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                                              • Beckmen Santa Barbara Cuvee Le Bec 1999
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