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The Spanish arrived in 1769 and California was part of mexcico until 1848 when it was ceded to the United states and becoming a statof the union in 1850.Wine stated to be made in1782 at San Juan Capistrano by Fathers Pablde Murgartegui and Gergorio Amurrio. Mission grapes from vines brought to California by Don Jose Camacho on the san Antonio, which dogged at San Diego on the 16 th of May 1778, were used to make the wine. Only in 1833 Jean- Louis Vignes established Californian's commercial winery. He imported wines from Europe and in 1840 became also the first exporter of Californian wine.

Californian Vineyards

  • Alban Vineyards
  • American Canyon Wine Co
  • Andrew Murray Winery
  • Arrowood
  • Atlas Peak
  • Au Bon Climate
  • Avila Winery
  • Bacio Divino
  • Beaulieu Vineyard
  • Beringer
  • Beringer Stone
  • Bonny Doon
  • Bonterra
  • Byron
  • Calera Winery
  • Callaway
  • Camino Cellars
  • Carneros
  • Caymus
  • Chateau Soverain
  • Chateau St. Jean
  • Cline
  • Clos de Bois
  • Clos du Napa
  • Clos La Chance
  • Cold Heaven
  • Coldwater Creek
  • Conundrum
  • De Loach
  • Delia Viader
  • Delicate Family
  • Dominus Estate
  • Elyse
  • Ernest & Julio Gallo
  • Estancia
  • Far Niente
  • Fetzer
  • Franciscan Estate
  • Frog's Leap
  • Gloria Ferrer
  • Hanna Winery
  • Heitz Cellars
  • Hopland Range
  • J. Lohr
  • J. Lohr
  • Jordan Winery
  • Joseph Phelps
  • Joseph Swan Vineyards
  • Kent Rasmussen
  • Kistler
  • Long Meadow Ranch
  • Luna
  • MacMurray
  • Mandolin
  • Marilyn Merlot
  • Marimar Torres
  • Mondavi
  • Monterey
  • Morgan Winery
  • Mount Veeder Estate
  • Mumm
  • Napa
  • Newton Vineyard
  • Oakville Winery
  • Opus One
  • Painter Bridge
  • Papapietro Perry
  • Peachy Canyon Winery
  • Quady Winery
  • Quintessa Rutherford
  • Qupe Winery
  • Ramey
  • Ramsay
  • Ravenswood
  • Ridge Vineyards
  • Robert Biale
  • Rutherford Hill
  • Sanford Winery
  • Santa Cruz
  • Sebastian
  • Sena
  • Sequoia Grove
  • Simi Winery
  • Sine Quannon
  • St. Francis
  • Stag's Leap Winery
  • Stags Leap
  • Stephens
  • Sterling Vineyards
  • Stone Cellars
  • Sutter Home
  • Viader
  • Wente
  • Williams Hill

New Wineries:

Tom Rochioli - Healdsberg, Livermore Valley, Belvedere, Havens Wines, Montevina, Eos, Flat Rack

Hidden Falls, River Crest, mirassou, Firestone, Rancho Zabaco, Macmurray, Zaca Maco, Copperidge,

Rancho Zabaco, East Dell Estate, Blackstone Winery,

Califronian Grape varieties

  • Aleatico
  • Alicante Bouschet
  • Barbera No.5
  • Black Malvoisie
  • Burger
  • Cabernet Franc
  • Cabernet Sauvignon No.2
  • Carignan No.8
  • Charbono
  • Chevrier
  • Early Burgundy
  • Chenin Blanc
  • Emerald Riesling
  • Flora Red
  • Flora White
  • French Colombard
  • Gamay
  • Gray Riesling
  • Green Hungarian
  • Grenache No.4
  • Johannisberg Riesling
  • Malbec
  • Mataro
  • Merlot No.3
  • Muscat Blanc
  • Muscat Canelli
  • Palomino
  • Petite Syrah No. 10
  • Pinot Noir
  • Pinot Noir No.7
  • Rubired No.6
  • Ruby Cabernet
  • Ruby Cabernet No.9
  • Sauvignon Blanc
  • Semillon
  • St. Emilion
  • Syrah
  • Chardonnay
  • White Riesling
  • Fume Blanc
  • Zinfandel No.1

Wine regions of California

Benmore Valley - San Lucas - North Central Coast - Central Valley - Sierra Foothills - South central Coast - Southern - California

Medocino County

Potter Valley - Anderson Valley - Cole Ranch - Redwood Valley

Sonoma County

Sonoma Mountain - Dry Creek valley - Alexander Valley - Knight valley - Russina River Valley - Chalk Valley - Sonoma Country Green Valley - Sonoma Valley - Carneros

Napa County

Napa Valley - Carneros - Spring Mountain District - Mount Veeder - Rutherford - Oakville- Howell Mountain - Stags Leap District - Atlas Peak - Wild Horse Valley

North Central Coast

Livermore Valley - Santa Cruz Mountains - Pacheco Pass - Cienega valley - Lime Kiln Valley - Monterey - Paicines -San Yisdro - Santa Clara Valley - Mount Harlan - Carmel Valley - Chalán - Arroyo Seco

South Central Coast

York Mountain - Paso rRobles - Etna Valley - Santa Maria Valley - Sanat Ynez Valley - Arroyo Grande

WINE HISTORY Conundrum 2002/0 3

Conundrum Wine & Food
Conundrum "Wine & Food"

Conundrum was born from a core idea: why couldn't a wine mirror--in complexity and creativity--the dishes being invented by a new generation of chefs who had no allegiance to the traditions and rules of the past? For the first vintage, 1989.

After experimenting with eleven different white wine grapes Jon Bolta chose the three that he still considers the main wine ingerediants: Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and (for its intriguing floral/tropical character) Muscat Canelli. Then from his 'spice cabinet' he added small amounts of Semillon and Viognier to complete the combination and hopefully- solve.

The eponymous conundrum. The proportions vary slightly in each vintage but the goal is always the same: a highly styled wine that is excellent as an aperitif and pairs beautifully with the wide range in, global dishes we are eating as chefs continue to experiment.

Carneros Vineyard

Carneros Brut
Carneros Brut

Domaine Carneros was established in 1987, a joint venture between Champagne Taittinger and Kobrand Corporation - one of the foremost players in the U.S wine industry.   This impressive venture was a fulfilment of Claude Taittinger's dream after he visited the Carneros region and realised its potential to produce world class sparkling and still Pinot Noir wines.

All the wines from Domaine Carneros are made from 100% Carneros fruit.

When founding Domaine Carneros, the intent was to focus specifically on sparkling wines.  However the Pinot Noir fruit produced on the Domaine Carneros estate vineyard was of such high quality that a still wine was produced.  1992 saw the inaugural vintage of the highly acclaimed Famous Gate Pinot Noir.

The winery also houses an excellent visitor centre and runs a wine club in the U.S.A which offers exclusive food and wine events to members.

St. Francis - The Winery with 'The big red's'

The story of St Francis began in 1971 when Joe Martin turned from white-collar executive to grape grower with the acquistion of the 100-acre Behler ranch vineyard in Sonoma County in the historic town of Kenwood

Lloyd Canton joined Joe in 1972 as his partner and together they grew grapes and sold their fruit to local wineries until 1979 when they completed their own winery named after Saint Francis of Assisi .

St Francis wines are made only from Sonoma Valley fruit and are an exceptional expression of the complex relationship between soil, climate and site.

Over the years St Francis has established itself as a winery of distinction producing handcrafted wines of depth and elegance. The carefully selected vineyard locations, temperate growing season, proper varietal selections plus the knowledge and dedication of the vineyard and winery staff, under the supervision of Tom Mackey, ensures the required continuity of supply of St Francis wines.