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Learn about, and Select from some of the Best Wines

and Wineries that California has to Offer



This Month's Winery Selection


There are over 4,500 wine growers in California; a testament to the size and importance of the wine industry in the Golden State. The California wine industry is estimated to have over $50 billion dollar economic impact on its own state and over $100 billion dollar impact on the United States. The wine industry in California is easily the most profitable of any other area in the Unites States and its wine's are recognized as some of the best quality wines around the world.

 
    
Our Top Selection this month


Frog's Leap
2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley


Save $5 - $34.99

Deep, intense black fruit, bright acidity and long gorgeous flavors are a hallmark of this wine and a reason to celebrate the intense effort and sacrifice it took to make it... (read more)

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Francis Ford Coppola
2008 Merlot
Diamond


Save 5% - $16.95

3% Merlot, 135 Petite Sirah 2% Syrah, 2% Petit Verdot. The objective is to create a wine that has structure and complexity, but that is soft, smooth... (read more)

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Ridge
2007 Monte Bello
Santa Cruz Mountains


Save $20 - $124.99

Fantastic flavors that include Cassis, violets, blackberry. Wet stone, espresso, notes of sweet oak... (read more)


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Mount Vedeer
2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley


Save $15 - $24.99

Deep ruby aromas of ripe black currant, dark cherry, and lilac interlace with black pepper, bay leaves, coffee, and toasted oak... (read more)

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Some of California's Most Popular Wine Varietals
(click on any wine varietal to read more or buy wine)

 

There are over 4,500 wine growers in California; a testament to the size and importance of the wine industry in the Golden State. The California wine industry is estimated to have over $50 billion dollar economic impact on its own state and over $100 billion dollar impact on the United States. The wine industry in California is easily the most profitable of any other area in the Unites States and its wine's are recognized as some of the best quality wines around the world.

Due to different growing conditions within the state, the California wine producing areas are separated into five major regions: North Coast, Sierra Foothills, Central Coast, Central Valley, and Southern California. Each of these regions can be divided even further into sub-regions called appellations (which are often counties) that many people who are not even familiar with wine will easily recognize by name such as Napa, Sonoma, and San Joaquin Valley. When a wine label contains a specific appellation, it means that at least 75 percent of the grapes used within the wine were grown within that specific region. Wine labels can also contain two or three appellations to classify the different grapes used within the wine if the percentages are specifically noted as well.

The climate range in California varies from region to region which allows for superb production of many different types of perfectly grown grapes which results in many different varietals. Elements of the weather, such as the cool offshore breezes that cool the Sonoma County vineyards, are extremely important in the distinct growing condition needs for specific wine grapes.

The most important varietals produced in the California wine region are chardonnay and cabernet, though many other varietals from the region are massively popular such a pinot noir. The California wine region has a reputation for producing a high-quality wine to be enjoyed in a relaxed setting among friends, just the way its biggest fans would want it.



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