The Golden State is an aspirational place that fills the mind with images of sunshine, dramatic landscapes, diversity and quality of food and wine, a relaxed and positive attitude to life, a state of opportunity and a strong spirit of innovation. California is the world in one place and it can be experienced in the wines made across its length and breadth. From Sonoma to Santa Barbara, Lodi to Livermore, Napa Valley and beyond.
Duckhorn Wines with winemaker Renee Ary
A tasting and interview with Duckhorns Winemaker Renee Ary and a lookback through this iconic winery's history
A Conversation about the journey Of California wine in the UK with two of its main Importers, James Hocking & Rory Benham.
Shane talks to Rory and James about their journey into wine and the where, when and how California wines have become such a serious contender on the UK retail shelves and restaurant wine lists.
Santa Cruz Mountains AVA: fortune, struggle, and myriad microclimates
This article looks at the history of the Santa Cruz region and how it came to receive AVA status and world recognition. It also examines the regions topography and climate.
wine-searcher news article: California's Grand Cru Vineyards Emerge
An informal Grand Cru is emerging in California, and it is at once as dead-serious and casual as the ambition and culture that defines the Golden State's mysterious and magnetic modus operandi.
California Stars - My Full Circle Journey & Perspective On The Wines Of California
Shane McHugh, Wine Buyer and Head Sommelier for the Goodman Group, shares his story about how he fell into, and in love with, the world of wine and particularly California wines. He looks back at the wine 'Stars' and personalities he has met along the way and that continue to fuel his passion for this wonderful region.
Californian wine: a rich mosaic of climate, geography, varieties and more - article by Joshua Dunning
Joshua takes readers on an introductory tour through California, starting with an interesting insight into California’s early founding and popularity before looking at its main wine-growing regions - examining climate, history and geography.
California Wine Education Program
The California Wine Institute has launched Capstone - a state-of-the-art California Wine Education Program across international markets.
Cook with California
In April 2021 the California Wine Institute launched Cook with California - a food and wine pairing competition open to all those in the on-trade with an interest in California wine.
The California List
In November 2021 we will launch The California List. Judged by Stephen Brooks, Jancis Robinson MW, Ronan Sayburn MS, Sarah Knowles MW & Mark Andrew MW. This list will educate and inform you on the California Producers that our judges consider the most vital in the UK today.
The California Sessions
In June 2020 we launched a series of Importer-led online wine workshops targeted towards the Sommelier community.
A show celebrating California and its iconic lifestyle, brought to you by the California Wine Institute.
Essential California At Home
In March 2021 we were delighted to host our annual Essential California tasting in an all-new ‘at home’ format.
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