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January 2019

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Another new year had dawned with high expectations as we start 2019 with a tasty collection of new Zinfandels and Sauvignon Blancs, and, if there is much to look forward to in the months ahead, we cannot bid farewell to 2018 without offering our thoughts on what has been a heady time for West Coast wines with our annual Year in Review musings and Best Wines of the Year awards.

Simply put, we know of no red wine that consistently delivers so much to like for the price, and, although good values abound, so too do compelling versions that clearly demonstrate that top-tier Zin deserves mention among the world's most satisfying wines.

Regular CGCW readers know that Sauvignon Blanc ranks among our favorite white wine values, but they also know that there are involving, genuinely complex versions, including a good many reviewed in this issue, that deserve attention for far more than affordability.

All in all, we have no complaints with the way in which 2018 unfolded, and, instead, we find much to be thankful for as we head into another year with our excitement and appreciation for local wines undimmed.

It is time again to reward our top picks of 2018 with special mention, and Steve and Charlie each get the chance to vote for the wines that belong in the past year's esteemed company of most collectable offerings.

Most all of us are subject to a bit of a fiscal hangover once the holidays have ended, but our latest installment of Best Buys includes affordable Sparklers, Cabernet Sauvignons and Syrah that provide reasons aplenty to continue to celebrate.




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