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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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  • Ancient Peaks Paso Robles Renegade 2013 Front Label
    Ancient Peaks Paso Robles Renegade 2013
    Other Red Blends from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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  • Bonterra The McNab Biodynamic Single Vineyard Red 2013
    Other Red Blends from Mendocino, California
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    Parador Napa Valley Red Wine 2013
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  • Gregory Graham Cinder Cone Reserve Red 2013  Front Label
    Gregory Graham Cinder Cone Reserve Red 2013
    Other Red Blends from Red Hills, Lake County, North Coast, California
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  • Stephen Vincent Crimson Red Blend 2013 Front Label
    Stephen Vincent Crimson Red Blend 2013
    Other Red Blends from Monterey, Central Coast, California
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  • Paraduxx Proprietary Red (375ML half-bottle) 2013 Front Label
    Paraduxx Proprietary Red (375ML half-bottle) 2013
    Other Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    Herman Story Bolt Cutter 2013
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    Other Red Blends from Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California
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  • Tank Garage Winery All or Nothing Red Wine 2013 Front Label
    Tank Garage Winery All or Nothing Red Wine 2013
    Other Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    Ridge Lytton Springs (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2013
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  • Mi Sueno Winery El Llano Red Blend 2013 Front Label
    Mi Sueno Winery El Llano Red Blend 2013
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    The Prisoner Wine Company The Prisoner (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2013
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  • Valley of the Moon Blend 41 2013 Front Label
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    DAOU Vineyards Estate Mayote 2013
    Other Red Blends from Adelaida District, Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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    The Prisoner Wine Company The Prisoner (3 Liter Bottle) 2013
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    Hearst Ranch Randolph 2013
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  • Flora Springs Red Wine 2013 Front Label
    Flora Springs Red Wine 2013
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  • Justin Savant 2013 Front Label
    Justin Savant 2013
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    Ridge Lytton Springs (375ML half-bottle) 2013
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