California wines are my passion. I moved there in 2000 knowing 2 things about wine: it came in white, pink, and red… and I liked Lambrusco because it was sweet and slightly fizzy. I had a lot to learn.
And there is no better place to learn about wine, grape varietals, terroir, and the ways a particular wine maker’s taste buds can shape how she or he crafts wine than California. I maintain this despite evidence that Chile, Australia, France, Italy, Spain, and most recently Arizona (seriously), all have a great deal to offer as well.
Perhaps I believe this because it was all in my back yard for twenty years, or perhaps it’s because the land and climate here is so varied and the history of grape-growing and wine-making are so complex, that whatever you encounter in other countries – California has something similar.