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
  • 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

    … Diaries, 1960s-1970s-1980s The Wines of Bordeaux, Edmund Penning-Rowsell, 1969 ABC of America’s Wines, Mary Frost Mabon, 1942 Drink, Andre Simon, 1953 Gerald Asher’s Gourmet articles, reprinted in soft cover I came up on Bob Thompson’s “Pocket Encyclopedia of California Wines” and Olken, Singer & Roby’s “Connoisseurs’ Handbook…

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

    … year to year depending on nature. 2011 Cornerstone Cellars Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon – we tried this over a two day period and it really needs a chance for the layers to unravel. At first sip, it was big and powerful with notes of chassis, mocha and blackberry. On day two, it was elegant, nuanced and the floral and spice notes really…

    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 -
  • Budget Wine: Challis Lane Merlot California 2012

    We are all familiar with the type: reliable, competent, pleasant, polished, not a hair out of place, but unremarkable, with little to say, unoriginal, exceedingly ordinary in every way. There is much to be said in favor of such a person—they make a reliable co-worker, a good neighbor, an affable acquaintance. This Challis Lane Merlot reminds me of such a person.

    Dwight Furrow/ Edible Arts- 1 readers -
  • Budget Wine: Rosenblum Cellars Zinfandel Vintner’s Cuvee XXXV

    … This wine is like a waitperson who gives you a hearty greeting but can’t get anything right the rest of the evening. Once you get by the alcohol on the nose, it gives rich blackberry with lots of sweet oak and spice. Complex for the price. On the palate, it is very vibrant and juicy up front creating expectations that are quickly dashed…

    Dwight Furrow/ Edible Arts- 3 readers -
  • Wine tasting with Paso Robles Rhône Rangers

    … varietals provided me with a value lens to look at this wine region. It is also not surprising to me that Paso Robles Wine Country was named by Wine Enthusiasts as 2013 Wine Region of the Year. Tablas Creek Winery © Spaswinefood Tablas Creek Vineyard © Spaswinefood I invite you to join me in my travels in Paso Robles in search of the best in Spaswinefood. You can also visit my travel column at the Examiner. Sharon July 2014 Paso Robles, California © Spaswinefood Follow me on Twitter and Facebook …

    spaswinefoodin Syrah- 3 readers -
  • The Zin of Dusi Vineyards, Paso Robles

    … My visit to the Dusi Vineyards, Paso Robles Wine Country was like discovering the "secret book of Zin". Dusi Vineyards have had a long tradition of growing Zinfandel grapes for the California wine industry. Sylvester and Caterina Dusi, immigrants from Northern Italy, started their Paso Robles vineyard in 1920's. Their hard work…

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