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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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  • Valley of the Moon Blend 1941 2015  Front Label
    Valley of the Moon Blend 1941 2015
    Other Red Blends from Sonoma County, California
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  • Merryvale Forward Kidd Red Wine 2015  Front Label
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  • Jax Vineyards Y3 Taureau Red 2015 Front Label
    Jax Vineyards Y3 Taureau Red 2015
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  • Banshee Mordecai Proprietary Red 2015 Front Label
    Banshee Mordecai Proprietary Red 2015
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  • Sean Thackrey Orion Red Blend 2015 Front Label
    Sean Thackrey Orion Red Blend 2015
    Other Red Blends from St. Helena, Napa Valley, California
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  • Conundrum Red Blend 2015 Front Label
    Conundrum Red Blend 2015
    Other Red Blends from California
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  • Hey Mambo Sultry Red 2015 Front Label
    Hey Mambo Sultry Red 2015
    Other Red Blends from California
    • WW88
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  • Hearst Ranch Randolph 2015 Front Label
    Hearst Ranch Randolph 2015
    Other Red Blends from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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  • Bogle Essential Red 2015 Front Label
    Bogle Essential Red 2015
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  • Paraduxx Proprietary Red 2015 Front Label
    Paraduxx Proprietary Red 2015
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    • WS91
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  • Elyse Nero Misto 2015 Front Label
    Elyse Nero Misto 2015
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  • Hill Family Estate Origin 2015 Front Label
    Hill Family Estate Origin 2015
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  • Cosentino The Dark 2015 Front Label
    Cosentino The Dark 2015
    Other Red Blends from Lodi, California
    • WW89
    3.8 13 Ratings
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  • Big Basin Homestead Red Blend 2015  Front Label
    Big Basin Homestead Red Blend 2015
    Other Red Blends from Central Coast, California
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  • Carol Shelton Karma Reserve Red 2015 Front Label
    Carol Shelton Karma Reserve Red 2015
    Other Red Blends from Sonoma County, California
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  • Shannon Ridge Wrangler Red 2015 Front Label
    Shannon Ridge Wrangler Red 2015
    Other Red Blends from Lake County, North Coast, California
    • WW90
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  • Smith & Hook Proprietary Red Blend 2015  Front Label
    Smith & Hook Proprietary Red Blend 2015
    Other Red Blends from Central Coast, California
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  • Aaron Wines Trespasser 2015  Front Label
    Aaron Wines Trespasser 2015
    Other Red Blends from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
    • WW92
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  • Kendall-Jackson Vintner's Reserve Red Wine Blend 2015 Front Label
    Kendall-Jackson Vintner's Reserve Red Wine Blend 2015
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  • Vigilance Cimarron 2015 Front Label
    Vigilance Cimarron 2015
    Other Red Blends from Lake County, North Coast, California
    • WW91
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  • The Prisoner Wine Company Derange 2015 Front Label
    The Prisoner Wine Company Derange 2015
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  • Field Recordings Fiction Red Blend 2015 Front Label
    Field Recordings Fiction Red Blend 2015
    Other Red Blends from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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  • Union Sacre Le Clandestin 2015 Front Label
    Union Sacre Le Clandestin 2015
    Other Red Blends from Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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  • Paraduxx Proprietary Red (375ML half-bottle) 2015 Front Label
    Paraduxx Proprietary Red (375ML half-bottle) 2015
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  • Aaron Wines Sand & Stone 2015  Front Label
    Aaron Wines Sand & Stone 2015
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    • WW91
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