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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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  • Opaque Petit Verdot 2017  Front Label
    Opaque Petit Verdot 2017
    Petit Verdot from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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  • OVIS Petit Verdot 2016  Front Label
    OVIS Petit Verdot 2016
    Petit Verdot from Red Hills, Lake County, North Coast, California
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    Decades 5 Petit Verdot 2016
    Petit Verdot from Napa Valley, California
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  • Jeff Runquist R Petit Verdot 2019  Front Label
    Jeff Runquist R Petit Verdot 2019
    Petit Verdot from California
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    • Scarlett McGah Family Vineyard Petit Verdot 2017  Front Label
      Scarlett McGah Family Vineyard Petit Verdot 2017
      Petit Verdot from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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      • Michael David Winery Inkblot Petit Verdot 2019  Front Label
        Michael David Winery Inkblot Petit Verdot 2019
        Petit Verdot from Lodi, California
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        • Decades 5 Petit Verdot 2010 Front Label
          Decades 5 Petit Verdot 2010
          Petit Verdot from Napa Valley, California
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          • McManis Family Vineyards Petit Verdot 2016 Front Label
            McManis Family Vineyards Petit Verdot 2016
            Petit Verdot from California
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            • Michael David Winery Inkblot Petit Verdot 2014 Front Label
              Michael David Winery Inkblot Petit Verdot 2014
              Petit Verdot from Lodi, California
              • WE93
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            • Scarlett McGah Family Vineyard Petit Verdot 2014 Front Label
              Scarlett McGah Family Vineyard Petit Verdot 2014
              Petit Verdot from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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              • McManis Family Vineyards Petit Verdot 2017 Front Label
                McManis Family Vineyards Petit Verdot 2017
                Petit Verdot from California
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                • McManis Family Vineyards Petit Verdot 2015 Front Label
                  McManis Family Vineyards Petit Verdot 2015
                  Petit Verdot from California
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                  • Michael David Winery Inkblot Petit Verdot 2017  Front Label
                    Michael David Winery Inkblot Petit Verdot 2017
                    Petit Verdot from Lodi, California
                    • WE92
                    • WW91
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                  • Murphy-Goode Petit Verdot 2000 Front Label
                    Murphy-Goode Petit Verdot 2000
                    Petit Verdot from Sonoma County, California
                    • W&S90
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                  • Jeff Runquist R Petit Verdot 2013 Front Label
                    Jeff Runquist R Petit Verdot 2013
                    Petit Verdot from California
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                    • Michael David Winery Inkblot Petit Verdot 2016 Front Label
                      Michael David Winery Inkblot Petit Verdot 2016
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                      • Michael David Winery Inkblot Petit Verdot 2013 Front Label
                        Michael David Winery Inkblot Petit Verdot 2013
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                      • Matchbook Petit Verdot 2020  Front Label
                        Matchbook Petit Verdot 2020
                        Petit Verdot from Dunnigan Hills, Yolo County, California
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                        • Jeff Runquist R Petit Verdot 2018  Front Label
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                          • Michael David Winery Inkblot Petit Verdot 2015 Front Label
                            Michael David Winery Inkblot Petit Verdot 2015
                            Petit Verdot from Lodi, California
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                            • Jeff Runquist R Petit Verdot 2016  Front Label
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                              • Opaque Petit Verdot 2016  Front Label
                                Opaque Petit Verdot 2016
                                Petit Verdot from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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                              • Michael David Winery Inkblot Petit Verdot 2018  Front Label
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                                • Baron Herzog Petit Verdot (OU Kosher) 2014  Front Label
                                  Baron Herzog Petit Verdot (OU Kosher) 2014
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