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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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  • Meiomi Pinot Noir  Front Label
    Meiomi Pinot Noir
    Pinot Noir from California
      4.1 281 Ratings
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    • Bonanza by Chuck Wagner California Cabernet Sauvignon Lot 4  Front Label
      Bonanza by Chuck Wagner California Cabernet Sauvignon Lot 4
      Cabernet Sauvignon from California
        4.3 22 Ratings
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      • Dark Horse Double Down Red Blend Front Label
        Dark Horse Double Down Red Blend
        Other Red Blends from California
        • TP90
        • WE88
        3.7 553 Ratings
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      • Cupcake Vineyards Black Forest Decadent Red  Front Label
        Cupcake Vineyards Black Forest Decadent Red
        Other Red Blends from California
          3.9 67 Ratings
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        • Two Vines California Cabernet Sauvignon Front Label
          Two Vines California Cabernet Sauvignon
          Cabernet Sauvignon from California
            3.7 111 Ratings
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            7 99
            7 99
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          • Dark Horse Big Red Blend  Front Label
            Dark Horse Big Red Blend
            Other Red Blends from California
            • TP90
            3.6 629 Ratings
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          • Menage a Trois Sweet Collection Dolce Red Blend  Front Label
            Menage a Trois Sweet Collection Dolce Red Blend
            Other Red Blends from California
              4.3 16 Ratings
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            • Troublemaker Red Blend  Front Label
              Troublemaker Red Blend
              Other Red Blends from Central Coast, California
              • WE90
              3.8 529 Ratings
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            • Smoking Loon Red Loon Red Wine Blend  Front Label
              Smoking Loon Red Loon Red Wine Blend
              Other Red Blends from California
                3.5 90 Ratings
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              • promisQous Red Blend  Front Label
                promisQous Red Blend
                Other Red Blends from California
                  3.9 51 Ratings
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                  Currently Unavailable $12.99
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                  12 99
                  12 99
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                • Bear Flag Eureka Red Front Label
                  Bear Flag Eureka Red
                  Other Red Blends from California
                    3.8 18 Ratings
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                    Currently Unavailable $27.99
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                    27 99
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                  • Marietta Old Vine Red Lot 72  Front Label
                    Marietta Old Vine Red Lot 72
                    Other Red Blends from Sonoma County, California
                    • JS92
                    2.7 10 Ratings
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                    Currently Unavailable $16.99
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                    16 99
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