Cabernet sauvignon, chardonnay, pinot noir, merlot, sauvignon blanc, zinfandel—California is not lacking in varieties. Indeed, it is home to over 100 types of grapes. The state is a wine-growing gem that has a label for every taste and every occasion.

In addition to the climate, soil diversity has a lot to do with a grape’s expression. From sand and clay to granite, volcanic ash, sea-bed and river gravel, each soil imparts a minerality all its own. The wide range of terroirs means there is an ideal site to grow almost every variety and create complex varieties and unique and vivid blends. 

Something for everyone

Louis M. Martini Winery: cabs like none other

The Louis M. Martini estate in Napa Valley began producing wine in 1906. Italian-born Louis M. Martini chose the northern coast, mainly for cabernet sauvignon. In the years that followed Prohibition, he established a heritage of know-how and passion that lives on to this day.

Talbott Vineyards: Burgundy inspiration

Talbott Vineyards produces chardonnay and pinot noir. On a business trip to Europe in the 1980s, the winemaker stumbled upon inspiration in the Burgundian traditions. With two Monterey County vineyards—Sleepy Hollow Vineyard and Diamond T Vineyard—Talbott has created a range of exceptional wines for every palate and pinot noir aficionados in particular!

Franciscan Estate: all in the details

Franciscan Estate was founded in 1973 by two Napa Valley pioneers: Justin Meyer and Raymond Duncan, who have always relied on grapes from some of California’s best vineyards. In the cellars, the products are developed slowly and with the utmost care to yield unique full-bodied wines.

The Napa Valley brings a rich texture, bursting with candied pear and vanilla sugar flavors, while the Monterey region brings bright acidity to this wine with subtle notes of pineapple and lemon zest. A light minerality and floral notes add complexity to the palate.

Orin Swift Wines: a story behind every bottle

Award-winning winemaker David Phinney founded Orin Swift Cellars in 1998; Orin is his father's middle name and Swift is his mother's maiden name. The winery is known as much for its artistic expression on the bottle label as for its bold, yet refined style of each product. Dave and his team create wine blends from a range of top California sites, primarily from Napa Valley.

This blend of Grenache, Petite Sirah and Syrah combines the specific characteristics of each grape. It offers a depth and complexity that could not be achieved otherwise to become so much more than the varieties would have been on their own.

Delicate and brawny, nuanced and audacious, this wine is a magnificent blend of five Bordeaux varieties. The fruits from all over the valley, from Atlas Peak to the gravel-rich soil of St. Helena and Rutherford, each bring their own unique element.

Clos Du Bois: champions of chardonnay

Since their very first vintage, wine makers at Clos Du Bois have adhered to their philosophy of merging the elegant taste of French wines and the roundness of fruity California grapes. Russian River Valley Calcaire Chardonnay from Sonoma County is a limited production that embodies the peak of the Clos Du Bois wine-making tradition.

Ravenswood Winery: passion for zinfandel

Founded in 1976 by Joel Peterson, Ravenswood Winery was among the first to focus its efforts on zinfandel.

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