• Includes California’s Central Valley and the Sierra Foothills AVA. One notable region in this area is the Lodi AVA. The Lodi appellation is noted for its classic Mediterranean climate and its distinctive sandy soils that provide the perfect environment for the production of world-class wines.
  • Lies east of San Francisco Bay and runs south through the Sacramento and San Joaquin valleys to Bakersfield.

     The 8 AVA’s of the Central Valley:

Clarksburg, Diablo Grande, Dunnigan Hills, Lodi, Madera, Merritt Island, River Junction and Salado Creek.

Mary Ewing-Mulligan:

American author, wine educator and Master of Wine he first American woman to achieve this accreditation.She has been the director of the school International Wine Center since 1984, and is executive director of the U.S. programs for the Wine & Spirit Education Trust. She is also a freelance journalist of wine articles to various publications, and the co-author of several wine books in the For Dummiesseries. Just tasted a great Pinot Noir from Santa Monica, hints of cherry and bright acidity!!!!!