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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...

  • 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...

  • Chardonnay

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

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