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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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  • The Prisoner Wine Company Saldo Zinfandel (375ML half-bottle) 2019  Front Label
    The Prisoner Wine Company Saldo Zinfandel (375ML half-bottle) 2019
    Zinfandel from California
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  • Seghesio Sonoma Zinfandel (375ML half-bottle) 2018  Front Label
    Seghesio Sonoma Zinfandel (375ML half-bottle) 2018
    Zinfandel from Sonoma County, California
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  • Carol Shelton Wild Thing Zinfandel (375ML half-bottle) 2017  Front Label
    Carol Shelton Wild Thing Zinfandel (375ML half-bottle) 2017
    Zinfandel from Mendocino, California
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    Carol Shelton Wild Thing Zinfandel (375ML half-bottle) 2014
    Zinfandel from Mendocino, California
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  • Frog's Leap Zinfandel (375ML half-bottle) 2016 Front Label
    Frog's Leap Zinfandel (375ML half-bottle) 2016
    Zinfandel from Napa Valley, California
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  • Peachy Canyon Westside Zinfandel (375ML half-bottle) 2014 Front Label
    Peachy Canyon Westside Zinfandel (375ML half-bottle) 2014
    Zinfandel from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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  • Seghesio Sonoma Zinfandel (375ML half-bottle) 2012 Front Label
    Seghesio Sonoma Zinfandel (375ML half-bottle) 2012
    Zinfandel from Sonoma County, California
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  • Grgich Hills Estate Zinfandel (375ML half-bottle) 2016 Front Label
    Grgich Hills Estate Zinfandel (375ML half-bottle) 2016
    Zinfandel from Napa Valley, California
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  • Grgich Hills Estate Zinfandel (375ML half-bottle) 2017  Front Label
    Grgich Hills Estate Zinfandel (375ML half-bottle) 2017
    Zinfandel from Napa Valley, California
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  • Grgich Hills Estate Zinfandel (375ML half-bottle) 2015  Front Label
    Grgich Hills Estate Zinfandel (375ML half-bottle) 2015
    Zinfandel from Napa Valley, California
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    Grgich Hills Estate Zinfandel (375ML half-bottle) 2018
    Zinfandel from Napa Valley, California
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    Grgich Hills Estate Zinfandel (375ML half-bottle) 2014
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    Frog's Leap Zinfandel (375ML half-bottle) 2017
    Zinfandel from Napa Valley, California
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    Frog's Leap Zinfandel (375ML half-bottle) 2015
    Zinfandel from Napa Valley, California
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  • Storybook Mountain Mayacamas Range Zinfandel (375ML half-bottle) 2013 Front Label
    Storybook Mountain Mayacamas Range Zinfandel (375ML half-bottle) 2013
    Zinfandel from Napa Valley, California
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    • WW90
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  • Carol Shelton Wild Thing Zinfandel (375ML half-bottle) 2015 Front Label
    Carol Shelton Wild Thing Zinfandel (375ML half-bottle) 2015
    Zinfandel from Mendocino, California
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  • Rombauer California Zinfandel (375ML half-bottle) 2016 Front Label
    Rombauer California Zinfandel (375ML half-bottle) 2016
    Zinfandel from California
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    Storybook Mountain Mayacamas Range Zinfandel (375ML half-bottle) 2015
    Zinfandel from Napa Valley, California
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    Rombauer California Zinfandel (375ML half-bottle) 2017
    Zinfandel from California
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  • Grgich Hills Estate Zinfandel (375ML half-bottle) 2013 Front Label
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    Zinfandel from Napa Valley, California
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