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September 2018

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September's edition of CGCW covers an especially wide range of varieties, and, as is usual for the month, gives much of the stage over to aromatic white wines that are rarely regarded as stars even though they are long on character, immensely appealing and deserve their time in the spotlight. New Barberas and Pinot Noirs round out the issue and fill the bill in satisfying the need for something tasty and red.

At the very top of the white wine roster in many minds, Riesling yields delicious, wonderfully well-balanced offerings in styles ranging from very dry to very sweet and works as well with food as it does as a stand-alone refresher.

Good Chenin Blanc should not be underestimated, and, while there are not many, it turns out that with only a brief bit of searching, good ones are not all that hard to find.

There may be far fewer California bottlings than there was once in the past, but thanks to a stubborn few makers, Gewürztraminer has happily not disappeared from the local scene.

A marvelous mate to seafoods of all kinds, this recent transplant from Spain is thriving in many of the state's growing regions and has the look of a variety that is here to stay.

Light and refreshing with subtle, minerally highlights at its best, Grüner Veltliner may be little more than a local hope at the moment, but its tiny handful of makers are on a mission to make it better known.

Rarely complex, but a likeable wine when well-made, Pinot Blanc will be well-received by those who favor rounded white wines of temperate acidity.

Another new crop of Pinot awaits in this issue, and September's bevy of outstanding renditions testifies that the variety is still on a winning streak.

Too often dismissed as a rustic red of limited interest, Barbera is undergoing a revival that shows it to be a wine with a serious side when attentively grown and made.

Sauvignon Blanc heads up this month's shopping list of Best Buys and is joined by Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah that discerning wine drinkers with an eye to fine value will not want to miss.

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