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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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  • Ampelos Cellars Syrache 2011 Front Label
    Ampelos Cellars Syrache 2011
    Rhone Red Blends from Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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    • Tablas Creek Esprit de Tablas Rouge (375ML half-bottle) 2011 Front Label
      Tablas Creek Esprit de Tablas Rouge (375ML half-bottle) 2011
      Rhone Red Blends from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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      • Pax The Vicar 2011 Front Label
        Pax The Vicar 2011
        Rhone Red Blends from North Coast, California
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        • Tablas Creek Patelin de Tablas Rouge 2011 Front Label
          Tablas Creek Patelin de Tablas Rouge 2011
          Rhone Red Blends from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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          • Tablas Creek Cotes de Tablas Rouge 2011 Front Label
            Tablas Creek Cotes de Tablas Rouge 2011
            Rhone Red Blends from Central Coast, California
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            • Terry Hoage The Pick Cuvee 2011 Front Label
              Terry Hoage The Pick Cuvee 2011
              Rhone Red Blends from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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            • Tablas Creek Esprit de Tablas Rouge 2011 Front Label
              Tablas Creek Esprit de Tablas Rouge 2011
              Rhone Red Blends from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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            • Terry Hoage The 46 Grenache - Syrah 2011 Front Label
              Terry Hoage The 46 Grenache - Syrah 2011
              Rhone Red Blends from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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            • Terry Hoage 5 Blocks Cuvee 2011 Front Label
              Terry Hoage 5 Blocks Cuvee 2011
              Rhone Red Blends from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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            • Big Basin Grizzly Red Blend 2011 Front Label
              Big Basin Grizzly Red Blend 2011
              Rhone Red Blends from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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            • Tablas Creek Esprit de Tablas Rouge (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2011 Front Label
              Tablas Creek Esprit de Tablas Rouge (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2011
              Rhone Red Blends from Central Coast, California
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