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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...

  • Malbec

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

  • Zinfandel

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

  • 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...

  • Petite Sirah

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

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  • The Other Red Blend 2009

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    Delicious red blend, sexy label. Read More

    Wine review by leighvines


  • Gnarly Head Old Vine Zinfandel Lodi 2016

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    This one pours a rusty purple hued tone, with cranberry and blueberry tinges around the outside ring. Also has an oily film that is left on the inside of the wine glass. Aromas that are superbly fruit forward, with jammy sweet berries, vanilla, peppercorn heat, hints of caramel and notes of sweet oak aging. Flavors follow suit, with more swee... Read More

    Wine review by chriscage


  • Gnarly Head Old Vine Lodi Zinfandel 2014

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    The Gnarly Head (Lodi, CA) Zinfandel is typical of its Central Valley provenance; there is a soft vanilla-cherry nose with a hint of evergreen (cedar or cypress), and entry is slightly sweetish with a ton of blueberry or bilberry on the palate, a short finish but decent balance with little heat (despite the 15% alcohol by volume.) and touch of c... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Zin-Phomaniac Zinfandel Lodi 2015

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    As has been stated by an editorial review, dusty black tea and raspberry aromas. I also picked up a sharp citrus scent which followed through, in taste, on the first glass but mellowed thereafter. Flavor wise, leans more towards blackberry, plum, and a hint of dark cherry with the black tea leaf flavor in the background. I like peppery wines and... Read More

    Wine review by Mekare


  • Michael David Syrah 6th Sense 2014

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    Sweet and viscous on the tongue. Not the wine that I have followed for years. Not sure if it's just a flawed bottle or not. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Michael and David Phillips Petite Petit Petite Sirah Lodi 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by JPJP1989


  • 5k Rose NV

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    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

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    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

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    yeh, noble wine as written. Read More

    Wine review by ApelsecS


  • Zin-Phomaniac Zinfandel Lodi 2015

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    No written review

    Wine review by Pecos4


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