The J. Wilkes brand was established in 2001 by Jefferson Wilkes, a widely respected wine industry veteran who loved the community of Santa Maria and sailing the Pacific Coast. Since Jeff’s passing, the J. Wilkes brand has carried forth with a simple mission: to deliver wines of varietal character, at affordable prices, that highlight the virtues of the Santa Maria Valley appellation.
When one considers that Santa Maria Valley shares the same latitude (34 54N) as Charlottle, North Carolina and, also, the North coast of Morocco, one begins to wonder how it is that such a place can produce wines of such delicate aromatics and liveliness. The resaon is the East-West transverse valley that runs through Santa Maria Valley. This transverse valley acts as a funnel, channeling in cool maritime influences and depositing them throughout the wide valley that is Santa Maria. Ocean temperatures just off the coast of Santa Maria are typically about 15 degrees C (55 to 59 F). The transverse valley then allows these cold water winds to funnel into the Santa Maria Valley, cooling it substantially. This is therefore, this singular combination of elements that allows Santa Maria Valley to produce wines of such distinction and typicity.
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