Just Joshin Red Blend 2010
Other Red Blends from California
- red wine
- Big & Bold
- 13.8% abv
Like a flip of the card, a cut of the deck, or a twist of fate, something whimsical this way comes. This California Red Table Wine shows off our best and most interesting lots of 2010 vino, and the blend is bold but with nuance, a collaboration definitely way more fun than its components if bottled alone. We made this wine to prove Cabernet-based blends can pair well with food, and we appraised it for the good times and wherever they may lead. We gave it higher acidity so you can easily pair it with a wider range of cuisines, and we priced it low so you can have glorious times over and over again. Enjoy!
Blend: 72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Zinfandel, 7% Cabernet Franc, 3% Merlot
Just Joshin Winery
Stein Family Wines makes great wines: all of their brands --Stein Family, Just Joshin, Vaquero -- have won plenty of awards, received great scores, and been given good mention in the media, but that is not what makes them different from all other wine options. Stein Family Wines donates five percent of every sale they make, and those donations go directly to the children of vineyard workers in the form of college scholarships and support funding. Yes, others give a percentage of their profits, but we guarantee the kids see the money whether they're profitable or not.
Why? Because they don't want to make a future for our kids on the backs of others'. It's really that simple. They want kids to see that we can create a future for them, and that part of doing so must be rooted in the community; there is no longer-term sustainability without that. Stein Family Wines' goal is to change the wine business one bottle, one glass, one customer at a time. Why? Because fair is fair.
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About Other California
California has nearly 100 American Viticulture Areas (AVAs) and accounts for almost 90% of wine production in the United States. In our section of Other California, we include wines from smaller AVAs as well as wines from the California AVA. Here are a few smaller AVAs you may see on the label:
Livermore Valley AVA, located right outside of San Francisco and home to wineries such as Wente.
Lodi County AVA, an AVA further east of San Francisco and known for its excellent, old-vine Zinfandels.
San Francisco Bay AVA, a sprawling AVA that covers Contra Costa, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties, to name a few.
Wine that holds only the California AVA is typically a wine that includes grapes from a number of different AVAs, which leads to the general labeling of the wine as California. This does not denote the quality of the wine, only the diversity of where the grapes originate.
It's not rare to see a wine's country of origin listed as "California." A country into itself in the wine world, California makes enough varieties and styles to match many European wine countries. It produces a diverse range of wines that span the quality spectrum.
The most famous of the California wine regions is Napa Valley, and these wines are certainly outstanding – but it's not as broad and diverse as its larger neighbor, Sonoma County. Down south, Santa Barbara's Santa Maria Valley is well-known for its Rhône blends, as well as cool-climate varieties like Pinot and Chardonnay. The Central Coast, the largest California AVA, has many different microclimates that lead to a wide range of wines with many sub-AVAs.
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.