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September 2019

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The September issue of CGCW casts a fairly wide net and is headed up by a collection of engaging aromatic white wines that are both delicious and particularly price-worthy, but, for those for whom red wine is a necessity, we include yet another installment of high-achieving Pinot Noirs and finish with a look at some of more notable names in 2016 Bordeaux.

Every year, and this one is no different, we are surprised that Riesling still has not caught on in the market to the extent we believe it should. There is an upside, however, to its lukewarm reception, and that is the remarkable quality to be had for the ridiculously low prices so many lovely examples command.

Pinot Grigio is stacked to ceiling in wine outlets everywhere, but those in search in a fresh and flowery, insistently fruity white wine are well-advised to give a well-made Chenin Blanc a try.

There are few white varieties as distinctive as spicy Gewürztraminer, and its ability to pair amicably with a wide range of foods make it one that most definitely deserves to be better known.

Albariño is an exceptionally food-worthy choice that is just the thing for washing down seafood ranging from oysters to sole to a basket of perfectly cooked fish and chips.

Potentially a rising start on the local winescape, Vermentino accounts for but a handful of bottlings just now but we both hope and expect to see more of this zesty variety in the near future.

New Pinots for review appear on our shelves at an astonishing rate, but we confess to no complaints. It has become an exciting addition to California's roster of unquestionably great red wines.

With an eye to finding a global context for California's noble Cabernets, we take a quick look at some of the classics from Bordeaux and can only conclude that extraordinary wines can be found on both sides of the Atlantic

Significant wines need not always come at significant prices, and this month's selection of Cabernet Sauvignons and Sauvignon Blancs serves as a ready reminder that very well-made examples of each lie within the reach of every budget.

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