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Today, California makes 80% of US wine (currently 4th worldwide for wine production). The lion’s share is dedicated to just eight grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot, Zinfandel, Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, and... Read More
Today, California makes 80% of US wine (currently 4th worldwide for wine production). The lion’s share is dedicated to just eight grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot, Zinfandel, Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, and Sauvignon Blanc.
The combination of warmth, bright sun and cooling influences from ocean and altitude mean that winemakers are able to deliver a diverse range of premium styles of red and white wines. From rich, powerful Cabernet Sauvignons to elegant, lively Pinot Noirs and crisp, aromatic Sauvignon Blancs to Chardonnays to please every palate, the Golden State seems to have no limit on what it can offer.
This diverse and highly favorable climate permit wines to be grown throughout the state's 147 designated AVAs. Trying to learn them all can be a bit overwhelming, but be sure not miss Sonoma County, the Sierra Foothills, and don't forget the world-famous and America’s most celebrated wine region, Napa Valley.
Jump to curated selections to start shopping:
Hand-selected picks by our California wine buyer Lee Madueno.
Forlorn Hope Napa Valley Semillon Nacre 2014
is backordered and will ship as soon as it is back in stock.
From our California wine buyer, Lee: "This has gotta be year in year out one of California's best white wines. Matthew Rorick of Forlorn Hope looked to Australia’s Hunter Valley for inspiration as they, for a long time now, have been making dry semillions that are incredibly complex and that can age for decades. That this wine is capable of these things is immediately apparent. Even though this was released over six years after it was made it is incredibly racy and energetic. Sea spray, lemon peel, and subtle tomato leaf waft out of the glass, with a palate of vibrant green apple, refreshing acidity and a mineral backbone. Nacre means mother of pearl which is fitting because this pairs beautifully with oysters. Outstanding!"
A California take on Hunter Valley Semillon. Aged 5 years in bottle.