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is known more for its production of raisins than fine wine grapes, but it nonetheless is home to a winery with fierce pride and a wealth of talent. Fresno State, the local university has a viticulture and enology program, second only to the University of California Davis. While the program, often gets second billing compared to Davis, it has something UC Davis lacks – a commercial winery.

Not only does Fresno State have a winery, it has an award winning winery (with close to one hundred awards since it was bonded in 1997). Among the awards the winery has received are "Best Syrah of California " at the 1999 California State Fair for the winery’s 1998 California Syrah and the "Best of Class - Italian Varietals" at the 2002 Los Angeles County Fair for the 2000 President's Reserve Primitivo.

Grapes used in the production of the award winning wines are sourced from around the Central Valley, and some grapes including Zinfandel and Carignan are grown in the university’s vineyard. While, Fresno County Read more »

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  • Zinfandel

    Parentage of the grape: Crljenak to Austria to America. In the 1970s, claims surfaced that the Italian Primitivo is l...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Viognier

    This special and exciting variety has taken California by storm and young plantings already demonstrate that this out...

  • Barbera

    History of the grape: Barbera is a native to the Piedmont, where it has been growing for centuries, and is now the fo...

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  • If it's ovine, it's been sheared, but it's pretty dang big for ... ... some prosaic immigrant from Fresno in a Saroyan story who is convinced that raisins will make him wealthy.  And "winegrower" has made it into the dictionary, even apparently across the pond, so I guess that you now grow wine grapes and get to call yourself a "winegrower."Q:... Read More

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  • "D, not everything winds up on the internet, at least not via the usual ... certainly not a Riverside or Fresno or Santa Cruz).How was the snowcap that you could see? It is still May, Mark, and I've been snowed on in the Sierras in June, even within the past couple decade Read More

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  • Today I received the e-mail solicitation from Under the Wire.  I was in ... an MS degree in enology from Fresno State.More importantly, though, he has viticulture in his genes.  He made mention of working in vineyards with grandfather several times, and he pointed to the portrait on the wall of an, obviously, Italian gentleman.  Trowbridge is ... Read More

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  • Copper Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon Fresno County 2008


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    Wine review by alanb1108

  • Fresno State Winery Sjc Viognier 2007


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  • Copper Ridge Merlot Fresno County NV


    I absolutely hate Copper Ridge Merlot and would rather go with nothing than try to choke down a glass of this. Awful! Read More

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  • Copper Ridge Merlot Fresno County NV


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  • Copper Ridge Merlot Fresno County NV


    Tastes like shit, but it will get you fucked up on the cheap!!!! Cheers! Read More

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  • Uncorked is an opportunity to taste and experience wine from throughout ... ... Glen EllenEngelmann Cellars, FresnoEsterlina Vineyards, HealdsburgEtude Wines, NapaFrey Vineyards, Redwood ValleyHanna Winery, HealdsburgHarvest Moon Winery, Santa RosaHook & Ladder Winery, Santa RosaHowell Mountain Vineyards, RutherfordIronstone, LodiMartin Ray, S... Read More

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  • Fresno State Winery California Syrah 2005


    Nose of herbs and fruit. Nice, rich fruit but all the same a bit restrained which is unusual and appealing at this price point. Slightly chalky on the palate. A finish that starts with mint and fades to blackberry & barrel flavors. Read More

    Wine review by jasonswineblog

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