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May 2021

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California's most renowned white wine and its most assertive red are teamed in the May issue of Connoisseurs' Guide. Over 130 new Chardonnays, including many from some of the state's premier producers are reviewed, and, adventurous wine drinkers on the hunt for something that will stand up to the richest, most boldly seasoned roasted or braised meats need look no further than the latest contingent of heady Petite Sirahs.

Local Chardonnay continues to shine and, if anything, seems to be getting better and better. May's lengthy list of new offerings made from California's preeminent white variety includes nearly three dozen multiple-star-winning collectibles as well as more than a few tasty, very affordable offerings that invite everyday drinking.

Though never a wine noted for delicacy or finesse, Petite Sirah can, in the hands of its most capable champions, surprise with its sheer richness and depth and is not always burdened with overwhelming tannins. This month we visit some of the best examples to be found.

Very good, yet affordable Cabernet Sauvignons may seem far and few between, but, as this edition of top values reminds, they are by no means impossible to find. Our picks of the bunch are joined by a collection of delicious Merlots that please equally for their quality and their easy-on-the-budget prices and a trio of outstanding Pinot Noirs that earn both two-star recommendation and emphatic Best Buy accolades.

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