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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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  • Zinfandel

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

  • Petite Sirah

    History of the grape: Petite Syrah is often confused with its parent grape, Syrah, but it has been identified as a se...

  • 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...

  • Malbec

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

  • 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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  • 5k Rose NV


    I love this Rose because of the fresh strawberry flavors and the dry clean finish. I paired this wine with Christmas ham and it was fantastic. Price is a good value. Company donates 5% to charity. Read More

    Wine review by rootstock18

  • David Stone Merlot California 2004


    Love all of David Stones' wines. The price is so reasonable. However, I have not been able to find his wine at Walgreens for over a month now. Are they no longer contracted?? with them. HELP!! Read More

    Wine review by dennisktexas

  • Noble Vines Cabernet Sauvignon 337 2014


    yeh, noble wine as written. Read More

    Wine review by ApelsecS

  • Zin-Phomaniac Zinfandel Lodi 2015


    No written review

    Wine review by Pecos4

  • Zin-Phomaniac Zinfandel Lodi 2015


    Dusty black tea, raspberry and blueberry aromas. Chewy red fruit and baking spice flavors, tart and full of mixed berry with more of the dried black tea leaf flavor coming through with strawberry and cinnamon on the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Silk Oak Cabernet Sauvignon 2013


    No written review

    Wine review by Cranky Don

  • Tortoise Creek Wines Zinfandel "The Chelonian" Lodi 2015


    Fruity floral boutique and fantastic value for money. Great wine to drink anytime Read More

    Wine review by icbang

  • David Akiyoshi Reserve Chardonnay 2015


    Another recent Naked Wines selection. A gold silver in the glass. Opens with raisin, rose petal, and cream; on to vanilla and oak; then orange rind, lime, and cream butter. Medium acidity, lightly oaked - not nearly as oaked as it smells, with a mesquite smoke bite. Smooth, full, and lush in the mouth growing more acidic and smokey as it opens i... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner

  • Michael David Winery 'Sixth Sense' Syrah Lodi Appellation 2013


    As someone who steers away from heavy tannic Cabs, this bottle was quite the delight. It poured into a lovely Ruby red color in the glass. It is similar in body to a classic Merlot, but much more complex in flavor.Gorgeous fruit with notes of chocolate, wood, and a touch of spice. This wine was a surprising delight from the usual syrahs I have t... Read More

    Wine review by Exquisitelyoaked

  • Jacqueline Bahue Cabernet Franc Lodi 2012


    Best wine ever had. Read More

    Wine review by jazzdreams

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