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Find California wine and winery information by name and region. California wine has gained world recognition for many fine wines due to the wealth and variety of soil conditions and micro climates that exist here. Careful planning is advised when planning to visit and explore our world famous wine regions. California is a very large state. One and two week vacations are oftentimes best restricted to one or two of our famous wine regions.

CALIFORNIA WINE COUNTRY NEWS: California Wineries offer Cost Effective Winter Getaways: Take in the beauty of Paso Robles this winter and spring where warm sunny days give way to cool, crisp nights. With so many exciting events happening, visitors can enjoy premier wine and art festivals, authentic horse derbies, vintage sidecar shows, and so much more. Additionally, a multitude of events showcase this vast wine region where visitors can enjoy tastings of superb Zinfandels, Rhônes and many other varietals. The Paso Robles Wine Region is nestled in the coastal mountain range of central California mid-way between Los Angeles and San Francisco and just 30 minutes from the San Luis Obispo Regional Airport, Hearst Castle and Central Coast beaches. Learn more about the Paso Robles wine region from the San Francisco Chronicle.

About Zinfandel Wines: Zinfandel is a red grape varietal, planted in over 10 percent of California vineyards. DNA fingerprinting has revealed that it is genetically identical to the Croatian grape, Primativo, traditionally grown in Puglia, known as the “heel of the boot” of Italy, introduced there in the 18th century. Learn More.

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From fun hands-on winery activities and cool festivals to hot travel packages, there are many reasons to escape to California wine country this spring and summer.

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Sustainable winegrowing is a set of best practices that guide California's growers and vintners in producing wine in an environmentally friendly and socially responsible manner that benefits families, employees, communities and wildlife, and the soils, air and water that make great wines possible. The California wine community has the most widely adopted green winemaking and winegrowing program in the world and one of the few that measures and reports statewide performance. The program has earned the state's top environmental award.

Wine Storage Tips: Sadly, many great wine collections have been damaged because of instability in temperature and moisture. High temperature (>65ºF) causes the wine to age prematurely, thus losing its flavor and balance. When chilled too cold, the wine also loses its flavor and aromas. Keep the wines away from sunlight and heat exposure; store them in cellars, wine fridge, and or temperature controlled rooms. Wide fluctuation in temperature will damage the wine and the cork. Ideal range of temperature for storing red wine is 50-55ºF or 10-16ºC. White wines can be stored at lower ranges at 45ºF.

California Wine Regions

Paso Robles Wine Country is centrally located between San Francisco and Los Angeles along California's Central Coast. As California's fastest growing wine region and one of the largest geographic appellations, the 24 square mile territory encompasses more than 26,000 vineyard acres and nearly 200 wineries. Several Paso Robles wines have taken top honors in national and international rankings, and the wine critic Robert M. Parker Jr. wrote in the October issue of Food & Wine magazine, “I believe the region already shows some of the most striking potential in all of California. Follow A Great Paso Robles Winery Blog

The San Luis Obispo wine growing region is located half way between San Francisco and Los Angeles on the central California coast. San Luis Obispo County is served by San Francisco and Los Angeles International Airports with local airports in San Luis Obispo and Santa Maria. There are 26,400 acres of wine grapes planted in San Luis Obispo County. The number one wine grape variety in San Luis Obispo County is Cabernet Sauvignon with 8,600 acres. Merlot is second with 4,000 acres. There are about 110 wineries in the County. In Santa Barbara County, Chardonnay is the predominant grape with 8,000 acres, and Pinot Noir follows with 2,900 acres. There are almost 90 wineries.

The Santa Barbara wine growing region is located above Los Angeles on the central California coast and is served by Los Angeles International Airport with a regional airport in Santa Barbara. Find a good showing of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay and some crisply textured Sauvignon and Riesling.

The San Diego wine growing region is located on the southern California coast and is served by San Diego International Airport. San Diego may be California's smallest wine growing region but is blessed with the multiple micro climates and rich soils that produce very fine Chardonnays, Cabernets and Zinfandels.

The Mendocino County Wine Region includes Lake County and is located above San Francisco on the northern California Coast and served by San Francisco and Oakland International Airports. Find delicately spiced Gewiurztraminer and lightly leafy Sauvignon to big, meaty Cabernets and Zinfandels.

The famed Napa County wine region is located above San Franciso in the northern California coastal region and is served by San Francisco and Oakland International Airports. Some of the very best Chardonnays, Cabernets and Merlots are made in the Napa Valley.

The Sonoma County wine region is located above San Francisco on the northern California coast and is served by San Francisco and Oakland International Airports. Find some of the best Chardonnays, Pinot Noir and sparkling wine that California has to offer.

The Carneros wine region borders the Napa and Sonoma regions with a distinct micro climate and soil conditions for exquisite Pinot Noirs, Chardonnays and sparkling wine.

The Sierra Foothill wine region of the central California valley is generally east of San Francisco and includes the El Dorado, Placer, Nevada and Amador County wine growing regions. Find award winning Zinfandels, delicate Rieslings, Sauvignons and dark Cabernets.

Sierra Vintners is part of the Sierra Foothills AVA (American Viticultural Area), which was established in 1987 on the western edge of the Sierra Nevada. The Sierra Foothills AVA is roughly 160 miles long, stretching from Yuba County in the north to Mariposa County in the south.

The Livermore wine region lies east of San Francisco Bay in the central California valley. Historically famous for Bordeaux - style white blends, you may now find a wide variety and some wonderful sparkling wine.

The Santa Clara wine region is located in the central California area and is served by San Francisco International airport and local airports in San Jose and Monterey. Find succulent Montebello Cabernets and award winning Lytton Springs Zinfandel from Sonoma grapes.

The Santa Cruz wine region is located below San Francisco on the central California coast and is served San Francisco International Airports and local airports in Monterey and San Jose. Find wonderful Pinot Noirs in this cooler coastal region and some genuine original wines from Marsanne, Roussanne, Syrah, Grenache and Mourvedre vines.

The Monterey wine growing region is located below San Francisco on the central California coast and is served by San Francisco International Airports and local airports in Monterey and San Jose. Find fine wines from cool climate grapes such as Pinot Noir, Riesling and Chenin Blanc.

 

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