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The United States is now the fourth largest producer of wine worldwide, with an abundance of grapevines planted in many wine regions, though Californian accounts for almost 90% of the countries output. In the late 1800s, the root louse phylloxera decimated many of the vineyards in Europe. It originated in the soils of North America where the vines are naturally resistant and was transferred to Europe on vine cuttings. In this case North America was both the cause of the problem, and the solution, in the form of resistant rootstock for grafting.

It wasn’t until 1973, when Stag’s Leap Cabernet Sauvignon and a Chardonnay from Château Montelana were judged to be the best in the world at the famous Paris Wine Show that the quality of the Californian wine industry was truly confirmed in the eyes of Europe.

Most all varieties are planted these days in the United States, from Syrah to Tempranillo, Pinot Noir to Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Viognier and every blend in between. Key varieties are Californian Cabernet, Pinot Noir, Zinfandel and Chardonnay. Cooler climates such as Oregon and Washington produce brilliant Pinot Noir. Even states previously considered too hot and arid for wine, like Arizona are being planted, with great results.
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  1. Lapis Luna Zinfandel 2018
    Rich, dark and enticing, the aromatics deliver savory black pepper, blended with dark floral aroma. Dark and decadent blueberry and blackberry cobbler flavours with a lively acid line. ... Learn More
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  2. Lapis Luna Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Crimson in the glass with aromas of dark chocolate, cherry and a hint of roasted coffee. Rich and full textured on the palate with profound dark fruit. The finish brings succulent tannins and is long reaching, sticking with you until ... Learn More
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  3. Robert Hall Chardonnay 2018
    Multiple Gold Medal winner from California's Paso Robles appellation – one of the world’s most exciting wine regions. 100% barrel fermented in French and American oak barrels and aged for 6 months on lees. Delicious apple and peach aromas with a suggestion ... Learn More
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  4. Robert Hall Chardonnay 2017
    4x Gold Medal winner from California's Paso Robles appellation – one of the world’s most exciting wine regions. 100% barrel fermented in French and American oak barrels and aged for 6 months on lees. Delicious apple and peach aromas with a suggestion ... Learn More
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  5. Robert Hall Zinfandel 2016
    A new release from California's Paso Robles appellation – one of the world’s most exciting wine regions. Medium to full bodied wine with smoky aromatics of blackberries, dried herbs and coffee. Aged for 14 months in 100% new oak with a rich ... Learn More
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    Sam Kim
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  6. Robert Hall Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
    A full bodied, flavourful wine from California's Paso Robles appellation – one of the world’s most exciting wine regions. A core of dark fruit and blackcurrant aromas, with cedar spice and cocoa. Aged for 18 months in French & Eastern European oak ... Learn More
  7. Seghesio Sonoma Zinfandel 2018
    Wine Spectator: 90/100 "Generous, with fresh fruit, accented by cherry jam, dried sage and white pepper flavors, lingering on a sleek finish." With a bouquet of cedar, spice, and sun-ripened blackberries, this wine makes a strong first impression. Bold and richly ... Learn More
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  8. VIRTUAL TASTING PACK - CALI CABERNET

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    Join our Master of Wine, Alistair Cooper, live from the UK, who will be hosting our series of online, interactive tastings so wine lovers across NZ ... Learn More

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  9. Merkin Vineyards Shinola Red 2017
    This wine is Maynard James Keenan’s take on a Chianti Classico. Bright, lifted aromas of strawberry & cherry, and a beautiful medium body supported with bright acid and well structured tannins. Proof that these varietals are right at home in ... Learn More
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  10. Merkin Vineyards Chupacabra Red Blend 2017
    The highly sought after cult wine from Arizona, USA, family owned & operated by Maynard Keenan. A 'shape-shifting' blend, custom made based on the vintage. Expect an immediately enticing aroma of wood smoke, leather and spice with hints of red fruit ... Learn More
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  11. Benevolent Neglect Syrah 2016
    A classic cool climate Syrah from one of the most well regarded Syrah vineyards in Sonoma, Las Madres. The wine is fermented with 40% whole cluster and sees a very small amount of new Hungarian oak. The wine opens with elegant ... Learn More
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  12. CALIFORNIAN BLUE MOON 6 PACK

    Pick up this stunning Californian mixed pack- only while stocks last! Delivering a "once in a blue moon" moment in every bottle. "Best Buy"- Wine Enthusiast

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  13. Caduceus Cellars Nagual De La Naga 2015
    70% Sangiovese, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Sagrantino, 10% Aglianico. Arizona’s expression of a Super Tuscan. Rich and complex yet alive with harmony and balance. Benefiting from decanting in its youth, there is a constant evolution as the wine opens up to the air. ... Learn More
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  14. Caduceus Cellars Anubis 2015
    50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Cabernet Franc, 20% Petite Sirah from Cochise County, Southern Arizona. "We consider this wine to be the beefiest beef friendly wine in our line up. Anubis is the gate keeper and this wine is the gateway for those in ... Learn More
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