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Whether you want to make a single grape varietal wine or a blend, RJS Craft Winemaking kits are made with the finest juices and concentrates to make your favourite wine styles. Use our wine selector to learn more about wines you love and possibly discover new wines that might be your next favourite.
California Style Blend
California is the leading wine producing region in the United States with nearly 90 percent of all production. California has been making wine since the 18th century when Spanish missionaries first planted vineyards to make wine for mass. Because California is a geologically diverse region with a variety of climates and terroirs, a wide range of wine grapes can be grown including French, Italian and Spanish varieties. The leading red grapes are Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Syrah and Zinfandel.
The favourite wine style for many Californian winemakers is a simple New World wine style. These wines differ from European or “Old World” wines in that they tend to be more fruit dominant. The reliably warm weather allows many wineries to use very ripe grapes in their wines, which makes them more fruit forward, with riper fruit flavours, rather than the earthy or mineralic style of wine from Europe. It also creates the opportunity for slightly sweeter wines with higher alcohol levels.
Fruity California style red blends pair well with many classic bar type foods. Turn on the music, dim the lights and create a pub like atmosphere in your own home. The fruit in these wines can handle the sweetness in a sauce or marinade. Barbequed ribs or sweet and sticky chicken wings are simply perfect pairings.