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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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  • Bonny Doon Cardinal Zin 2003 Front Label
    Bonny Doon Cardinal Zin 2003
    Zinfandel from Central Coast, California
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    • Bonny Doon Le Cigare Volant 2003 Front Label
      Bonny Doon Le Cigare Volant 2003
      Rhone Red Blends from Central Coast, California
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    • Bonny Doon Le Pousseur Syrah 2003 Front Label
      Bonny Doon Le Pousseur Syrah 2003
      Syrah/Shiraz from Central Coast, California
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      • Bonny Doon Ca' del Solo Big House Red 2003 Front Label
        Bonny Doon Ca' del Solo Big House Red 2003
        Other Red Blends from Central Coast, California
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        • Peachy Canyon Incredible Red Zinfandel 2003
          Zinfandel from California
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          • Dog House Checker's Cab 2003 Front Label
            Dog House Checker's Cab 2003
            Cabernet Sauvignon from California
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            • TwoTone Farm Cabernet Sauvignon 2003 Front Label
              TwoTone Farm Cabernet Sauvignon 2003
              Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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              • TwoTone Farm Merlot 2003 Front Label
                TwoTone Farm Merlot 2003
                Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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                • Bonny Doon Clos de Gilroy Grenache 2003 Front Label
                  Bonny Doon Clos de Gilroy Grenache 2003
                  Grenache from Central Coast, California
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                  • Pepi Sangiovese 2003 Front Label
                    Pepi Sangiovese 2003
                    Sangiovese from Napa Valley, California
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                    • Dog House Maxie's Merlot 2003 Front Label
                      Dog House Maxie's Merlot 2003
                      Merlot from California
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                      • Mia's Playground Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2003
                        Cabernet Sauvignon from Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California
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                        • RH Phillips Merlot 2003 Front Label
                          RH Phillips Merlot 2003
                          Merlot from California
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                          • Bonny Doon Ca del Solo Sangiovese 2003 Front Label
                            Bonny Doon Ca del Solo Sangiovese 2003
                            Sangiovese from Central Coast, California
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                            • Bond Vecina (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2003  Front Label
                              Bond Vecina (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2003
                              Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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                              • Twin Fin Merlot 2003 Front Label
                                Twin Fin Merlot 2003
                                Merlot from California
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                                • Twin Fin Pinot Noir 2003 Front Label
                                  Twin Fin Pinot Noir 2003
                                  Pinot Noir from California
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