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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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  • Margerum M5 Red 2019  Front Label
    Margerum M5 Red 2019
    Rhone Red Blends from Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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  • Epoch Ingenuity Red Blend 2017  Front Label
    Epoch Ingenuity Red Blend 2017
    Rhone Red Blends from Willow Creek District, Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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  • Tenshen Red 2019  Front Label
    Tenshen Red 2019
    Rhone Red Blends from Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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  • Epoch Authenticity Red 2017  Front Label
    Epoch Authenticity Red 2017
    Rhone Red Blends from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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  • Epoch Veracity Red Blend 2017  Front Label
    Epoch Veracity Red Blend 2017
    Rhone Red Blends from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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  • Fess Parker The Big Easy 2018  Front Label
    Fess Parker The Big Easy 2018
    Rhone Red Blends from Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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  • Law Estate Wines Sagacious 2018  Front Label
    Law Estate Wines Sagacious 2018
    Rhone Red Blends from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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  • Denner The Ditch Digger 2018  Front Label
    Denner The Ditch Digger 2018
    Rhone Red Blends from Willow Creek District, Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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  • Jada Vineyard Hells Kitchen 2018  Front Label
    Jada Vineyard Hells Kitchen 2018
    Rhone Red Blends from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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  • Tablas Creek Patelin de Tablas Rouge 2019  Front Label
    Tablas Creek Patelin de Tablas Rouge 2019
    Rhone Red Blends from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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  • Complicated Red Blend 2018  Front Label
    Complicated Red Blend 2018
    Rhone Red Blends from Monterey, Central Coast, California
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  • Tablas Creek Cotes de Tablas Rouge 2019  Front Label
    Tablas Creek Cotes de Tablas Rouge 2019
    Rhone Red Blends from Adelaida District, Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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  • Le P'tit Paysan Le P'tit Pape 2017  Front Label
    Le P'tit Paysan Le P'tit Pape 2017
    Rhone Red Blends from Central Coast, California
    • WE93
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  • Hearst Ranch Three Sisters Cuvee Red 2017  Front Label
    Hearst Ranch Three Sisters Cuvee Red 2017
    Rhone Red Blends from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
    • WE90
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  • Keplinger Lithic 2019  Front Label
    Keplinger Lithic 2019
    Rhone Red Blends from Amador, Sierra Foothills, California
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  • Donelan Cuvee Moriah 2015  Front Label
    Donelan Cuvee Moriah 2015
    Rhone Red Blends from Bennett Valley, Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County, California
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  • CRU GSM Red Blend 2019  Front Label
    CRU GSM Red Blend 2019
    Rhone Red Blends from California
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    • Neyers Sage Canyon Red 2019  Front Label
      Neyers Sage Canyon Red 2019
      Rhone Red Blends from California
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    • L'Aventure Cote A Cote 2018  Front Label
      L'Aventure Cote A Cote 2018
      Rhone Red Blends from Willow Creek District, Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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    • Tablas Creek Esprit de Tablas Rouge 2018  Front Label
      Tablas Creek Esprit de Tablas Rouge 2018
      Rhone Red Blends from Adelaida District, Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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    • Law Estate Wines Beguiling 2018  Front Label
      Law Estate Wines Beguiling 2018
      Rhone Red Blends from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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    • Hahn Founder's GSM 2019  Front Label
      Hahn Founder's GSM 2019
      Rhone Red Blends from California
      • WE90
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