Major California Wine Regions and Their Specialties

By Ed McCarthy, Mary Ewing-Mulligan

Part of California Wine For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Here’s a quick look at the major California wine regions and their specialties. California wine country is gorgeous and welcomes more and more visitors each year:

Region Wine Specialty
Anderson Valley Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Riesling, Gewurztraminer, sparkling
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Carneros Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Merlot, sparkling wine
Monterey Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc
Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Syrah
Santa Barbara Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Syrah
Sonoma County Zinfandel, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay