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May 2015

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In this Issue, we look at two red varieties that have been marching in different directions. Zinfandel's popularity took off in the seventies and remains one of the important staples in the California wine scene. Barbera, on the other hand, started the seventies as a grape of some importance and more or less disappeared from view and is only lately staging a comeback of significance. 

Long past the days when it was only a "spaghetti red", Zinfandel continues to proves its versatility with dishes that range far and wide from everyday red-sauced pastas to savory pork and lamb roasts.

Benefitting greatly from the superb vintages of 2012 and 2013, Chardonnay's glowing star has never shown brighter.

It is too early to claim that Barbera is back, but its fortunes are certainly on the upswing thanks to a growing number of very fine, well-balanced wines coming out of the Sierra Foothills.

You will find great bargains in the classic reds, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, as well as superb versions of the white Rhône grapes in this edition of Best Buys.

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