San Joaquin County Wine

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The Central Valley wine region of California is located east of the San Francisco Bay area, running south through the Sacramento and San Joaquin valleys to Bakersfield. It is within these valleys, and the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta where they meet in between, where viticulture takes place. 
 
The hot, dry conditions of the region are prone to high yields, which is how this region became the center of California’s bulk wine production. But within some of the Valley’s subregions, a growing number of high quality wines are also in production. 
 
Central Vallley is divided into the following subregions:
Diablo County
Fresno County
Lodi
Madera
River Junction
Tracy Hills
Yolo County
 
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  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • Barbera

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

  • Zinfandel

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

Subregions of San Joaquin County

  • Lodi

    The Lodi wine region lies in the northern portion of California’s Central Valley, which include...

Popular Wineries in San Joaquin County View all

  • V M V

    Growing premium grapes for over 90 years has been the family passion. Our Lodi Appellation soils ...

  • Tantalus Vineyards

    Tantalus' wine making team consists of two dedicated and talented people. Senior winemaking co...

  • Irish Monkey

    Most everyone asks, "Why Irish Monkey?" Winemaker Bob Lynch began monkeying around with the fruit...

  • Michael~David Winery

    Rising from the resurgent Lodi Appellation, Michael~David Winery produces some of the finest awar...

  • Lobo Loco Wines

    At Lobo Loco Wines we are committed to sustainable farming practices. Our grapes are grown and ou...

  • Berghold Estate Winery

    Berghold Vineyards and Winery is an architecturally unique 5,000 case boutique family estate wine...

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  • E & J Gallo David Stone Cabernet Sauvignon

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    (Past tasting 20 Apr 2013) Mild fruits and berries. Somehow did not feel as strong as I expected. Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Oak Ridge Winery Zinfandel Ancient Vines Reserve 2012

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    Tons of jammy fruit, light acididty and light tannins. A bit medicinal on the finish. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Michael David Vineyards Seven Deadly Zins Lodi 2011

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    Lots of dark fruit on the nose. Taste of dark and red fruit (not jammy) with good acidity and a briary finish. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • McManis Family Vineyards Zinfandel 2013

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    Light powdered sugar aromas of cherry, violets and strawberry. Big bold and ripe flavors of cherry, cranberry and baking spices. Tart and fresh, this is a great sipper that is easy drinking and easy on the wallet. It has the bold acidity and flavor of a zinfandel without being overly powerful. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Volar Lodi Zinfandel 2012

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    Had this yesterday and found it - surprise! quite good. Not near the fruit that I noted last time and definitely more Sirah. Great with a fresh potato and vegetable soup. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Earthquake Zinfandel 2012

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    Big, fruity and bold Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Manifesto Zinfandel 2011

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    No written review

    Wine review by jasond7


  • Rock Face Zinfandel 2012

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    Smokey and coarse on the nose with weedy aromas and raw wood, along with a big hit of fish sauce obscuring the spicy, red berry fruit. Noticeably sweet on entry, then the acids kick in and keep this fresh in the mouth, with a fine, glycerine rich slippery texture. there are some pleasant red cherry and raspberry flavors here but they are rather ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Joel Gott Zinfandel California 2010

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    Spicy with a candied note of green herb and sweet american oak notes on the nose along with some hickory smoky, ginger and light notes of jammy black cherry fruit. A bit lacking in fruit and moderately structured with some late arriving black berry and black cherry fruit supported by well integrated toasty oak notes and some wood tannins. rather... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Gnarly Head Old Vine Zinfandel 2012

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    Sweet on the nose with strong notes of vanilla, ginger, toasted coconut and cherry cola. Smooth and supple in the mouth, though the acids do stick out a bit here on the palate. There are some attractive briary and balsamic flavors on the palate, along with light raspberry fruit, then this picks up a bit wood spice on the backend before wrapping... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


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