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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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  • Ampelos Cellars Syrache 2015  Front Label
    Ampelos Cellars Syrache 2015
    Rhone Red Blends from Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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    • Hahn GSM 2015 Front Label
      Hahn GSM 2015
      Rhone Red Blends from Central Coast, California
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    • Skinner Smithereens Red 2015 Front Label
      Skinner Smithereens Red 2015
      Rhone Red Blends from El Dorado, Sierra Foothills, California
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      • Ventana Rubystone Red 2015 Front Label
        Ventana Rubystone Red 2015
        Rhone Red Blends from Arroyo Seco, Monterey, Central Coast, California
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        • Preston Vineyards L. Preston 2015  Front Label
          Preston Vineyards L. Preston 2015
          Rhone Red Blends from Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California
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          • Hearst Ranch Three Sisters Cuvee Red 2015 Front Label
            Hearst Ranch Three Sisters Cuvee Red 2015
            Rhone Red Blends from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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            • Adelaida Anna's Red 2015 Front Label
              Adelaida Anna's Red 2015
              Rhone Red Blends from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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              • Ojai Syrah Grenache 2015 Front Label
                Ojai Syrah Grenache 2015
                Rhone Red Blends from Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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              • Tablas Creek Cotes de Tablas Rouge 2015  Front Label
                Tablas Creek Cotes de Tablas Rouge 2015
                Rhone Red Blends from Adelaida District, Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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              • Terry Hoage 5 Blocks Cuvee 2015  Front Label
                Terry Hoage 5 Blocks Cuvee 2015
                Rhone Red Blends from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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                • Villa Creek James Berry Vineyard High Road 2015 Front Label
                  Villa Creek James Berry Vineyard High Road 2015
                  Rhone Red Blends from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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                • Tablas Creek Esprit de Tablas Rouge 2015 Front Label
                  Tablas Creek Esprit de Tablas Rouge 2015
                  Rhone Red Blends from Adelaida District, Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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                • Tablas Creek Patelin de Tablas Rouge 2015 Front Label
                  Tablas Creek Patelin de Tablas Rouge 2015
                  Rhone Red Blends from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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                • Tablas Creek Esprit de Tablas Rouge (375ML half-bottle) 2015 Front Label
                  Tablas Creek Esprit de Tablas Rouge (375ML half-bottle) 2015
                  Rhone Red Blends from Adelaida District, Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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                • Halter Ranch Vineyard Cotes de Paso 2015 Front Label
                  Halter Ranch Vineyard Cotes de Paso 2015
                  Rhone Red Blends from Adelaida District, Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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                  • Tablas Creek Esprit de Tablas Rouge (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2015 Front Label
                    Tablas Creek Esprit de Tablas Rouge (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2015
                    Rhone Red Blends from Adelaida District, Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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                  • Beckmen Cuvee Le Bec 2015 Front Label
                    Beckmen Cuvee Le Bec 2015
                    Rhone Red Blends from Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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