California Red Varieties
Barbera: Known for its deep color, low tannins and high levels of acidity. With notes of cherries, raspberries and aromas of fresh fruits.
Cabernet Sauvignon: Rich, intense wine that has aromas of deep berry fruits and flowers. Has a smooth lingering finish.
Merlot: Known for flavors of plums, black cherries, violets and orange. Having less tannins than a Cabernet, it is mellow but still complex.
Petit Syrah: A dark, well balanced wine with sturdy tannins and flavors of violets and rosemary.
Pinot Noir: With coloring that can vary from a cherry red to a more purple red, including typical flavors of vanilla, raspberry, strawberry and plum.
Riesling: a very aromatic grape variety that displays a flowery and low tannins. Flavors are reminiscent of sweet red berries, plums, tomatoes, cherries and occasionally have a notable earthy or woody flavor.
Sangiovese: A hefty red wine that is known as being fruity and fresh that only gets better with age.
Syrah: Medium to full-bodied red wine with medium-plus to high levels of tannins and flavors of blackberry, mint and black pepper notes.
Zinfandel: A deep red, spicy, peppery wine with a hint of fruity flavors of berries and dark cherries.
California White Varieties
Chardonnay: A cold, dry, fruity and easy to drink wine making it one of the most popular wines in North America.
Gewurztraminer: With color that can vary from being very pale to a rich golden color and notes often described as floral or perfumed.
Muscato: An easily recognizable grape that is often sweet and always fruity, with characteristics of grapefruit and musky aromas.
Pinot Grigio: A crisp, dry wine with an acidic bite and aromatic, fruity flavors that only improve with age.
Sauvignon Blanc: Light to medium-bodied, crisp and refreshing white wine with notable acidity and a wide range of flavors.