This appendix attempts to focus more precisely on the role of Zinfandel in specific California regions and counties in recent years. I suggest that the reader also consult the statistical charts that accompany the following summaries.
The Lodi area of San Joaquin County has been an important winegrowing district since the turn of the twentieth century. In 1986 the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (BATF) created the Lodi American Viticultural Area (AVA), which includes a piece of southern Sacramento County, just to the north. Statistics for the Lodi area in this study also include those Sacramento County grapes.
Zinfandel has always been important in the area's statistics. In 2002 San Joaquin County led the state in Zinfandel acres, as it did half a century ago. It also led in total wine grape acreage. It was second in Cabernet Sauvignon production and third in Chardonnay. In that same year Zinfandel accounted for 29 percent of the county's wine crop.
Statistics for the Lodi area make it clear that dry table wine is the major thrust of the area's winegrowing efforts. The Lodi AVA is cooled by maritime air that comes through from the San Francisco Bay Area, which makes the production of good table wine grapes possible.