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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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  • Paul Dolan Vineyards Organically Grown Zinfandel 2019  Front Label
    Paul Dolan Vineyards Organically Grown Zinfandel 2019
    Zinfandel from Mendocino, California
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  • Criss Cross Old Vine Zinfandel 2019  Front Label
    Criss Cross Old Vine Zinfandel 2019
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    • Zin-Phomaniac Lodi Old Vine Zinfandel 2019  Front Label
      Zin-Phomaniac Lodi Old Vine Zinfandel 2019
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      • Frog's Leap Zinfandel 2019 Front Label
        Frog's Leap Zinfandel 2019
        Zinfandel from Napa Valley, California
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        • McManis Family Vineyards Zinfandel 2019  Front Label
          McManis Family Vineyards Zinfandel 2019
          Zinfandel from Lodi, California
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        • Oakville Winery Estate Zinfandel 2019  Front Label
          Oakville Winery Estate Zinfandel 2019
          Zinfandel from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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          • Old Soul Vineyards Zinfandel 2019  Front Label
            Old Soul Vineyards Zinfandel 2019
            Zinfandel from Lodi, California
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            • County Line Zinfandel 2019  Front Label
              County Line Zinfandel 2019
              Zinfandel from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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              • Bonterra Organically Grown Zinfandel 2019  Front Label
                Bonterra Organically Grown Zinfandel 2019
                Zinfandel from Mendocino, California
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