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January 2017

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The turning of the year is a time for reflection as well as one in which optimism about what is to come always runs high, and, after a year that was as successful for California wines across the board as any we can recall, 2017 appears to be starting out on a most positive note. In addition to our report on exciting new releases of Zinfandel, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay, we also offer our thoughts on what 2016 has meant and pause to honor the past year's very best wines as well as naming our annual "Winery of the Year."

Zinfandels from many of the variety's most capable, well-known makers are featured in January, but there are some eye-opening surprises from less-familiar names as well. Zin's fervent fans will find lots to like in our latest look at their favorite grape, and new pleasures aplenty await those who are not yet versed in the ways of good Zinfandel.

Routinely overlooked in fine-wine discussions, Sauvignon Blanc can be far more than a lively, food-friendly refresher, and, led by such names as Dragonette, Grgich Hills and Joseph Phelps, this month's collection demonstrates just how good it can be.

Wine lovers seem unable to get enough good Chardonnay, and, in all truth, neither can we. Our brief survey of newly arrived offerings once again confirms that there are reasons why it remains the state's most popular white wine.

To say that 2016 was a good year for California wines is an understatement, and, while we anticipate great things in 2017, we look back over the last twelve months with great satisfaction. There were many high points, and Charles and Stephen take a moment to acknowledge those wines that were the most memorable of all.

There is no need to forego good wine even if budgets have been a bit bruised by holiday spending, and the month's Best Buy picks in Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Riesling are sure to start the new year out right.

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