12 Best California Buys
White & Rosé
2008 Franciscan Sauvignon Blanc ($15)
Some of the juice for this grapefruity white was given between six and 12 hours of contact with the grape skins. This technique helps amplify the wine’s herbal-lemongrass aromas.
2008 Bonny Doon Vineyard Vin Gris de Cigare ($15)
This dry, wild-strawberry-scented rosé from Randall Grahm, one of California’s most iconoclastic producers, is especially good when slightly chilled.
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2008 Rodney Strong Charlotte’s Home Sauvignon Blanc ($15)
This crisp, melony Sauvignon started as a single-vineyard wine back in 1971. The wine’s production has grown since then, but the grapes still come from estate vineyards, and the quality remains excellent.