Considered a lesser red grape in California for years, Pinot Noir shot to fame after the 2004 movie “Sideways.” Today it’s grown throughout the state, where it works best in cooler-climate areas. California Pinot Noir can be made in a range of styles. While many producers work to produce the grape in a more restrained, Burgundian style, Californian Pinot Noir is generally the fullest-bodied version of the style in the world, budding with luscious fruit and new oak.

Rediscover this classic grape variety with VinePair’s illustrated guide below.

An Illustrated Guide to Pinot Noir from California