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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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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Barbera

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

  • 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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  • David Akiyoshi Reserve Chardonnay 2015

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    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

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    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

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    Best wine ever had. Read More

    Wine review by jazzdreams


  • Plungerhead Lodi Zinfandel 2014

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    A lttle sweet but pretty darn good for the price. Will buy again even if I hate the stopper. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • 100 Mile Chardonnay 2015

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    Nice acidic balance. Fresh fruit. Bright. Great price point. Unoaked Read More

    Wine review by connie7899


  • Earthquake Petite Sirah Lodi 2013

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    Inky black in the glass. Blackberries, spice, oak lead the way and follow nicely to the palate. This is a mouthful and deservedly so. Firm tannins, full throttled fruit and balanced acidity drive a lengthy aftertaste. 91 points - Drink or hold - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Earthquake Petite Sirah Lodi 2013

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    Wine review by doowaa73


  • Earthquake Petite Sirah Lodi 2013

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  • 100 Mile Merlot 2015

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    Seemingly mild on the attack. The spice kicks in after. Blackberry with a moderate finish. Read More

    Wine review by connie7899


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