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December 2017

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The holidays are the time for splurging on a special bottle or two, and, in this issue, we report on a bevy of outstanding Cabernet Sauvignons and sparkling wines from some the state's most esteemed producers that fill just that bill, but, as is always the case, there are also plenty of affordable, exceptionally tasty wines that are guaranteed to make the days brighter without breaking seasonally-strained budgets.

California long ago proved that it could produce sparkling wines that ranked with the best in the world, but, more significant still, is the extraordinary quality that is routinely found in versions that cost but half as much as their French cousins from Champagne.

There is no question but that the genuine article from France is lovely stuff and is welcome at our tables any time, but, as this month's quick look a handful of wines from well-regarded houses reminds, the pleasures of Champagne do come at a price.

Cabernet Sauvignon has long been the wine for which California is most renowned and, if local Pinot Noir has lately and very justifiably received its share of acclaim, Cabernet only seem to be getting better and better in recent vintages and its long reign as the state's premier red variety continues.

Merlot, Sangiovese and Zinfandel are varieties capable of making satisfying wines of great richness, interest and depth, and this month's update on Best Buys in the Market convincingly makes the case that there is a bounty of particularly priceworthy offerings awaiting the smart shopper.




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