2016 Winners: BEST OF Wine

Wine Club

Macchia

Fans of Macchia Winery are encouraged to join Club Red—the winery’s exclusive wine club. Members enjoy quarterly shipments (two bottles each time) as well as ample discounts. Each shipment includes a favored zinfandel from the label, as well as another specialty handpicked by the winemaker—a Petite Sirah, Graciano, or an Italian varietal, occasionally including member exclusives. Acampo, MacchiaWines.com

Wine Tasting

Oak Farm Vineyards

With three open tasting rooms, it’s no wonder San Joaquinians clamor for a seat at this historic vineyard. In addition to the main area, two private rooms boast little luxuries, and staff pours Northern Mediterranean wines made from grapes grown on-site. From cabernet sauvignon, malbec, petite sirah, petite bourdeaux, and sangiovese to barbera, zinfandel, sauvignon blanc, and albarino, there’s a full range of flavors to enjoy. Lodi, OakFarmVineyards.com

Wine Bar

Mile Wine Company

This industrial-chic eatery is the place to be any night of the week! With food, beer, and wine constantly served, patrons keep entertained while they sip with live music and other events. Take advantage of wine tasting on Tuesdays, bingo on Wednesdays, happy hour Monday-Thursday (3-6 PM), and more. Stockton, MileWineCompany.com

Winery

Michael David Winery

Six generations have grown wine grapes on the Phillips family’s 750-acre estate for nearly a century. Over time sustainable farming practices have become an important part of their process, as well as producing quality wines with eye-catching labels. Stop by to indulge in red, white, and reserve wines, visit the on-site store, or sit for a tasting. Lodi,  MichaelDavidWinery.com

Zinfandel

Macchia’s 2014 Zinfandel “Mischievous”

The complex taste of Macchia’s old vine zin is accomplished by expertly combining grapes from five of the region’s oldest vineyards. A touch of petite sirah adds structure while the oak barrels in which it’s aged creates a soft vanilla finish. Acampo, MacchiaWines.com

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