California wines are amongst the best of the United States wines and even ranked better than some of the European wines. California makes up at a whopping 90% of the U.S. overall wine production. The California region would account to the fourth largest production of wine.
The history of Californian Wine dates back to around 18th Century when the Spanish missionaries implanted vineyards in the region to make wine for the Catholic Mass. Fast forward to modern times, California has now more than 1,200 wineries all over the state, such as E&J Gallo Winery. Other well-known wineries are Napa Valley and Sonoma Valley.
Now what makes Californian wine different from other wines? Californian wine are more enriched with fruit flavors and less dry compare to European wines. The warm weather in California allows the wineries to grow more ripe fruits, which results to a better tasting grape. Some of the most popular grape varieties from California are the Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot, Pinot Noir, and more.
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