California Dreaming

California Dreaming

There has never been a better time to enjoy the wine bounty that comes from our own backyard, in California.

On every retail shelf, restaurant table and patio in America, California is the go-to favorite among wine lovers of all palates and knowledge. Diversity, a calling card among the wine-producing state famous for everything from Cabernet and Chardonnay to Petite Sirah and Viognier, is paired with value, availability, and incredible food-pairing possibility. In short, California has it all.

The seeds of American wine consumption—now booming—began over 40 years ago here.Because of the adventurous vision of famed pioneers like Jess Jackson, Robert Mondavi and Ernest and Julio Gallo, an enjoyment that was once considered an elite luxury for the lucky few became an everyday lifestyle choice. Today, domestic and international wine is an inextricable part of the American pursuit of good living.

This essential guide to the wine, food and travel of California celebrates the vast riches of the state, top to bottom, region by region, with a laser-focused eye and an insider’s savvy. Writing specifically for the modern, progressive wine lover, our editors on the ground and in the know present the most current perspective on not only the wine history, trends and best bottles to buy now, but also on the exciting lifestyle that makes California coveted around the world. Insider tips from the stars and stalwarts of each region make this a one-of-a-kind reference.

We raise our glass to the top editors and writers in the field who help bring this edition to you with their years of experience and priceless insight: Wine Enthusiast California Editors Steve Heimoff and Virginie Boone; Wine Enthusiast Lifestyle and Entertaining Editors Mike DeSimone and Jeff Jenssen; Risa Wyatt, Brandon Hernández and Nils Bernstein.

We hope you enjoy this tour through one of the world’s most scenic, dynamic and diverse wine destinations in the world.


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Published on February 6, 2014