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San Joaquin Valley, within the county of the same name, is part of the larger Central Valley district in California. It extends from Stockton in the north to Bakersfield in the south, with the Sierra Nevada mountains in the east and the Pacific Coast Ranges in the west. The climate is typically hot and dry. Though there is limited rainfall, irrigation is sourced from a system of canals and two reservoirs.

Wine-making began in the region as California gained statehood, although it wasn’t recognized for quality production until the 1960s and 70s. Once advancements in warm-weather oenology caught on, wine-makers found ways to produce higher quality wines.

The region is known for concentrated red wines from Zinfandel, and whites from Chardonnay and Colombard.

– Description from Kate Statton

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  • Barbera

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

  • Cinsault

    History of the grape: Cinsau(l)t has been growing in Southern France for centuries. In the Rhone and Languedoc region...

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Zinfandel

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

  • Malbec

    History of the grape: Some believe Malbec is named after a Hungarian peasant who spread plantings along the French co...

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  • Old Moon Zinfandel Old Vine 2013


    Wonderful 7 dollar price point for such an enjoyable Zinfandel. Black plum and spicy notes with a hint of vanilla. Strong flavor of the Bing cherry we all love. Very much a fruit bomb with a lingering taste of the above composited.Go get some, you will not be disappointed. Read More

    Wine review by jamessulis

  • Gnarly Head Zinfandel Lodi Old Vine NV


    I agree. This, their cab, and their authentic red b,ends are all excellent and a great price. Read More

    Wine review by jabotica

  • David Akiyoshi Malbec Lodi California 2013


    A Naked Wines number. Deep opaque Ruby Purple in the Glass. Opens with jasmine, violets, acacia, then on to chocolate honey white pepper. and then tobacco, more pepper and green pepper. A bit of alcohol fire, but a smooth and balanced mouthful. Long finish of smoky blackberry and plum and peppery mint and thyme. Still young, but bound to get bet... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner

  • Maggio Family Vineyards Lodi Petite Sirah 2011


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    Wine review by jack pirtle

  • Double Dog Dare Cellars Chardonnay San Joaquin County 2009


    Crisp, Apple, Pear, Medium-bodied. California- A good, up-front, fruity wine with pears, lemons, and ripe apples. Personality dominates this pleasant, medium-bodied wine. In the mouth, it is round, with a pleasing texture. Perfect as a refreshing beverage by itself//TOTAL WINE AND MORE Read More

    Wine review by RDDEES

  • Michael-David Vineyards Syrah 6th Sense Central Valley Lodi United States California 2012


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    Wine review by Liandra160

  • Brazin Zinfandel Old Vine 2012


    Watery. Other wines are much better for this price. Read More

    Wine review by OriginalWilk

  • Frisk Grenache Rose Prickly


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    Wine review by Ennis1

  • Fields Family Wines Syrah 2012


    The wine is a lovely bright ruby color in the glass with nice clarity. The nose is classic Syrah, with a good bit of pepper, violet and that classic twang of tart cherry and fresh herbs. The taste is really quite nice, with a blast of tart cherry up front that quickly subsides to some rich, jammy flavors of blackberry and plum midpalate that j... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka

  • Mccay Cellars Viognier 2014


    The wine is a pale amber in the glass while the nose is a rather subdued combination of pear and violets. The taste is quite well developed, with lovely flavors of pear, violet and a good bit of minerality. It's not as crisp and shocking to the palate like some white wines can be, but rather has more subdued acidity and a full mouthfeel that m... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka

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