unexpected wines

Unexpected Wines from California

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We all know they can make wine in California. Napa, Sonoma, Paso. That’s old news. But did you know there are still some relatively undiscovered regions with world-class wines at bargain prices. Yes, I said it. You can still get a bargain from California.

Vino Noceto
2008 Normale Sangiovese
This cult vineyard in Amador County specializes in Italian chic. The Normale is one of six Sangioveses the winery produces. With its red fruit, good balance and lingering wild strawberry on the finish, it makes a nice wine for $17.

Tamas Estates
2009 Pinot Grigio
This is a super juicy little wine from Livermore (somewhere between the SF Bay and Modesto). It’s simple but it’s fruit flavors are pretty and delicate and at under $10, it’s hard to beat.

McGrail Vineyards
2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve
More from Livermore, this Cab specialty producer makes four different bottlings from the grape. Although this is not their least expensive, at $36 the Reserve just might be the best buy with its beautiful balance and great length.

Paul Dolan
2008 Chardonnay
Everybody knows California produces big, lush, Chards with great balance and full fruit flavors. But did you know that if you head to Mendocino where the growing climate is not dissimilar to Carneros, you can get one of these wines for under $20? Yum.

Old Creek Ranch Winery
2009 Loureiro
Ever wonder where in California you could find a vineyard producing Loureiro, an obscure, Portuguese white grape? Why in Ventura, of course, where for right around $20, you can experience the wine’s floral aromas and flavors and racy acidity.


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