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California Red Wine

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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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  • Sine Qua Non Eleven Confessions Subir Syrah & Pajarito Grenache (6 bottles in OWC) 2016  Gift Product Image
    Sine Qua Non Eleven Confessions Subir Syrah & Pajarito Grenache (6 bottles in OWC) 2016
    Rhone Red Blends from Sta. Rita Hills, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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  • Favia Rompecabezas Red 2016  Front Label
    Favia Rompecabezas Red 2016
    Rhone Red Blends from Amador, Sierra Foothills, California
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  • Ampelos Cellars Syrache 2016  Front Label
    Ampelos Cellars Syrache 2016
    Rhone Red Blends from Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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  • Saxum G2 Vineyard 2016  Front Label
    Saxum G2 Vineyard 2016
    Rhone Red Blends from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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  • Villa Creek James Berry Vineyard High Road 2016  Front Label
    Villa Creek James Berry Vineyard High Road 2016
    Rhone Red Blends from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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  • Cochon Whole Hog 2016  Front Label
    Cochon Whole Hog 2016
    Rhone Red Blends from California
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    • Sarah's Vineyard Madonne GSM 2016  Front Label
      Sarah's Vineyard Madonne GSM 2016
      Rhone Red Blends from Santa Clara Valley, San Francisco Bay, Central Coast, California
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      • Torrin The Banshee Red Blend 2016 Front Label
        Torrin The Banshee Red Blend 2016
        Rhone Red Blends from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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      • Enkidu E Cuvee JM 2016 Front Label
        Enkidu E Cuvee JM 2016
        Rhone Red Blends from Sonoma County, California
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      • Booker Vineyard Vertigo 2016 Front Label
        Booker Vineyard Vertigo 2016
        Rhone Red Blends from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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      • Saxum Terry Hoage Vineyard 2016 Front Label
        Saxum Terry Hoage Vineyard 2016
        Rhone Red Blends from Willow Creek District, Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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      • Preston Vineyards L. Preston 2016  Front Label
        Preston Vineyards L. Preston 2016
        Rhone Red Blends from Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California
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        • Ojai Sebastiano Syrah Grenache 2016  Front Label
          Ojai Sebastiano Syrah Grenache 2016
          Rhone Red Blends from Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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        • Vinum Cellars Red Dirt Red GSM 2016 Front Label
          Vinum Cellars Red Dirt Red GSM 2016
          Rhone Red Blends from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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          • Epiphany Gypsy 2016 Front Label
            Epiphany Gypsy 2016
            Rhone Red Blends from Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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          • Piedrasassi Harrison Clarke Vineyard Mourvedre 2016 Front Label
            Piedrasassi Harrison Clarke Vineyard Mourvedre 2016
            Rhone Red Blends from Ballard Canyon, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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          • Tensley All Blocks Estate Blend 2016 Front Label
            Tensley All Blocks Estate Blend 2016
            Rhone Red Blends from California
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          • Bonterra The Butler Biodynamic Single Vineyard Red 2016  Front Label
            Bonterra The Butler Biodynamic Single Vineyard Red 2016
            Rhone Red Blends from Mendocino, California
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          • Piedrasassi Harrison Clarke Vineyard Mourvedre/Syrah  2016  Front Label
            Piedrasassi Harrison Clarke Vineyard Mourvedre/Syrah 2016
            Rhone Red Blends from Ballard Canyon, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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            • Keplinger Lithic 2016  Front Label
              Keplinger Lithic 2016
              Rhone Red Blends from Amador, Sierra Foothills, California
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            • Linne Calodo Sticks and Stones Red 2016 Front Label
              Linne Calodo Sticks and Stones Red 2016
              Rhone Red Blends from Willow Creek District, Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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            • Relic Wine Cellars Ritual 2016  Front Label
              Relic Wine Cellars Ritual 2016
              Rhone Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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            • Linne Calodo Rising Tides 2016  Front Label
              Linne Calodo Rising Tides 2016
              Rhone Red Blends from Willow Creek District, Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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            • Paul Lato Space Cadet Syrah/Grenache 2016  Front Label
              Paul Lato Space Cadet Syrah/Grenache 2016
              Rhone Red Blends from Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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            • Herman Story Casual Encounters 2016 Front Label
              Herman Story Casual Encounters 2016
              Rhone Red Blends from California
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