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California Red Wine

Learn about California red wine, common tasting notes, where the region is and more ...

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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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  • Chacewater Winery Petite Sirah 2015  Front Label
    Chacewater Winery Petite Sirah 2015
    Petite Sirah from Red Hills, Lake County, North Coast, California
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    Petite Sirah from Clarksburg, Yolo County, California
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  • Shannon Ridge High Elevation Petite Sirah 2015 Front Label
    Shannon Ridge High Elevation Petite Sirah 2015
    Petite Sirah from Lake County, North Coast, California
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    The Crusher Petite Sirah 2015
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    The Fableist Petite Sirah 2015
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  • Ironstone Petite Sirah 2015 Front Label
    Ironstone Petite Sirah 2015
    Petite Sirah from Lodi, California
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    French Bar Petite Sirah 2015
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    Aaron Wines Petite Sirah 2015
    Petite Sirah from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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    Parducci True Grit Reserve Petite Sirah 2015
    Petite Sirah from Mendocino, California
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