There are over 100 grape varieties grown in California, from Zinfandel to Chardonnay to Pinot Noir to Mondeuse to Cabernet Sauvignon. It’s no surprise that with such geological and climatic diversity, California is home to such an array of cultivars. Whether they arrived by way of immigration, mavericks packing cuttings in suitcases, or modern-day producers rearing new clones in nurseries, these varieties have developed their own distinct identities in California.

Here you will find comprehensive profiles on these grape varieties: how and where they are grown, what happens at the winery, what to expect from the finished wines, and an inspiring menu of food pairings compiled by leading California sommeliers and restaurateurs.