The California Grapevine


The California Grapevine is an independent, discriminating buying guide focusing on premium California wine. Published monthly, each issue contains wine reviews, book reviews, summaries, and commentary.

Our comprehensive tasting notes are the result of weekly double blind tastings held in San Diego, California. Notes include information about each wine including vintage, suggested retail price, color, aroma/bouquet, body, flavors, tannin/acid levels, finish, aftertaste, alcohol content, production quantity, varietal composition, release date, group score and editor’s score. In addition, true rankings for each flight are given.

Commentary on matters of interest to the wine aficionado by internationally acclaimed wine journalist Dan Berger appears in every other issue, alternating, along with wine related book reviews by noted wine judge, wine competition director and California Grapevine panelist Bob Foster.

Our subscribers also receive a compilation of the results of the major wine competitions summarizing the 100 top performing wines of the year.


The California Grapevine is the oldest continuously published private wine newsletter in the United States. Over the years we have gained a reputation for credibility and honesty from both consumers and wine makers alike.

Thank you for visiting us. We invite you to peruse our site while sipping a glass of fine California wine,  joining with us as we celebrate our 42nd year of publication.

Nick Ponomareff,

Editor & Publisher

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