California Wines

California wine is wine made in the U.S. state of California. Nearly three-quarters the size of France, California accounts for nearly 90 percent of American wine production. The production in California alone is one third larger than that of Australia. If California were a separate country, it would be the world's fourth-largest wine producer.The state's viticultural history dates back to the 18th century when Spanish missionaries planted the first vineyards to produce wine for Mass.Today there are more than 1,200 wineries in the state, ranging from small boutique wineries to large corporations like E & J Gallo Winery with distribution across the globe.
Posts about California Wines
    • Minibar Launches in Dallas: The App Bringing Alcohol Your Way in a Zap

      I usually do not wax poetic about another wine, spirits or beer related app. I was recently introduced to Minibar, an experience that could easily be the most ingenious and dangerous app ever introducing to wine, spirits and beer loving consumers. Minibar launched in Dallas on December 9th and the folks there gave me a $20 credit to try the experience.

      Dallas Wine Chick- 2 readers -
    • January Wine Favorites: Top Three that Knocked My Socks Off

      Last week’s tasting acutely illustrated the expression that you have to kiss frogs to find a prince. We tried 12 wines. I’m going to cover three. White 2013 Stepping Stone by Cornerstone North Coast White Rocks – this wine begs for a pairing with Asian food but is delicious on its own. You’ll taste jasmine flowers, honeydew, peach and other tropical notes.

      Dallas Wine Chickin Cabernet Franc Pinot Noir- 4 readers -
    • Charleston: A Place for Food, Wine and Getting Carded

      I recently went on a girl’s trip to Charleston, SC, a Southern city that I had not visited in probably 30 years. It was all about good wine, great food and girlfriends. One thing I noticed during our stay there is that the dining scene – especially established restaurants with well thought through food and wine programs – innately seemed to do the right thing when it comes to consumers.

      Dallas Wine Chick- 4 readers -
  • Wine Review: Mumm Napa Brut Prestige Napa Valley NV

    … at the lower end of the market. Spanish Cava, Italian Prosecco, and German Sekt are reasonable alternatives but they usually lack the quality of genuine Champagne. The best sparkling wine houses in California have traditionally kept their prices high, competing with the French for the high end celebration market, feeding the conventional wisdom…

    Dwight Furrow/ Edible Arts- 4 readers -
  • Some Wines You Might Want to Try in 2015

    … it a try. Grenache Widely planted in Spain and the Rhone region of France Grenache is just starting to make a name in California. It's fruity, soft, and easy drinking--what I'd call kind of a "pinot noir lite" being light in both flavors and prices. Grenache and Grenache blends make nice summer wines. For winter fare think of port roasts and stews…

    Bob Hunnicutt/ Bob on Sonomain Syrah- 3 readers -
  • Budget Wine: Fetzer Valley Oaks Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

    …, in a Cabernet, is a sign of under-ripe grapes. The medium- bodied palate adds vanilla and cocoa notes but the lack of fruit intensity is not sufficient to balance the tart, sour acidity on the finish. The absence of tannins leaves a wine with little structure. A drinkable everyday wine that doesn’t give a lot of pleasure. But finding pleasure…

    Dwight Furrow/ Edible Artsin Cabernet Sauvignon- 7 readers -
  • Vintage Ad Archive: Drinking In The Holidays!

    …, and Champagne (or, ahem, “American Champagne”), also have long histories of tying themselves to the holidays in all kinds of ads. California Wines, 1942 Great Western, 1935 Virginia Dare, 1955 Schlitz, 1951 Blatz, 1945 Guinness, 1935 Budweiser, 1950 Schlitz, 1965 Renault, 1946 Carling’s Red Cap, 1947 Budweiser, 1950 Likewise port, brandy, and other…

    Patrick A. Reed/ The Alcohol Professor- 7 readers -
  • 2014: Top Ten Wines Over $15

    … down into 1 Sparkling Wine, 1 White, 5 Reds and 5 Fortified Wines. If you look at the Honorable Mentions, you'll find wines from Italy, Portugal, France, Alsace, New York, Uruguay, and Spain. I have plenty of other recommendations for wines at this price point on my blog. There are top notch wines from countries all over the world, made from…

    Richard Auffrey/ The Passionate Foodiein Syrah- 5 readers -
  • Budget Wine: Drytown Cellars Red on Red NV Amador County

    … Chocoholics will like this. A seam of chocolaty essence wanders through the nose and palate melding nicely with blueberry and spice, though with a whiff of alcohol that is occasionally distracting. Medium body and lively in the mouth with good balance, a burst of mid-palate acidity makes this a versatile food wine. The tannins are dry but soft…

    Dwight Furrow/ Edible Artsin Cabernet Sauvignon- 2 readers -
  • My favorite wine books

    …, and the writing certainly leaves something to be desired. Notes on a Cellar-Book, George Saintsbury, 1934. Wines, Julian Street, 1948 The Complete Wine Book, Frank Schoonmaker and Tom Marvel, 1934 Also their American Wines, 1941 Hugh Jonhson’s Story of Wine, 1989 The Romance of Wine, H. Warner Allen, 1932 All of Harry Waugh’s Wine…

    STEVE HEIMOFF- 2 readers -
  • It’s the Holidays: Live a Little

    … I recently sampled two high-end wines that deserved their own write up. First, let me say in the spirit of full disclosure, I am not on the Cornerstone Cellars payroll. I just really like the style and structure of their wines – up and down the value chain. They are consistently well made, represent the terroir where they are grown and vary from…

    Dallas Wine Chickin Cabernet Sauvignon Cabernet Franc- 1 readers -
  • November Wine Round Up: California, Spain & Italy

    … For our November #winewednesday, we tried six wines and today I’m reviewing five of them – these came from Spain, Italy and California. Whites: Matanzas Creek Winery sent a three pack of wines – two whites and one red. Matanzas Creek has estate-wines that are certified to be sustainable from two different organizations. 2013 Matanzas Creek…

    Dallas Wine Chickin Sauvignon Blanc Merlot Chardonnay- 2 readers -
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