Californian Red Wine

stonehedge_reserve_cabernet_sauvignonCalifornia is the largest and most important wine region in the United States. With the location of many vineyards throughout California being situated in mountains and valleys, it offers winegrowers a great choice of terroir; this is the condition for grape-growing on a particular site including the area’s climate, soil composition and altitude.

Californian red wines became renowned after the Paris Judgement in 1976 and the first vines were planted there in the 18th century. In the 1970’s everything began to change for the better and the Californian wine industry brought enthusiastic passion to other US states.

The cooler regions closer to the coast are better suited to Pinot Noir which is the red wine grape of Burgundy; an historic wine region in eastern France. The essence of Pinot Noir is the aroma it provides, which resembles strawberry and cherry.

Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon is a popular Californian red wine that is found in our stores all over the world. Those that enjoy a glass of this will know that it’s two strongest features is the dark tones and strong flavour, often complimenting meats, pasta and some seafood dishes.


A deep red that is strong in flavour. The Merlot variety goes well with red meat and pasta, and the range of options and types undoubtedly leave you with a plentiful choice.


A wine that is similar in nature to Pinot Noir but has a wider variety of red tones, this wine is perfect for those distinct tasting foods and spicy foods such as Mexican food.

Pinot Noir

The tone of this wine is less than many of the other Californian red wines, but still maintains an excellent flavour. Enjoyed as a lighter alternative to Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, it is often seen accompanying beef, fish and pasta.

Red Zinfandel

Many of the vineyards in California produce types of Red Zinfandel at huge scales, and many of the restaurants across the USA will supply this type of wine as standard on their menu. It is a very popular wine for it’s taste, price and flexibility.