California’s Fresh Whites

An array of distinctive white grapes is bringing new flavors to the Golden State, with plantings on the rise
Aug 31, 2013

Grüner Veltliner, Albariño and Verdelho were virtually unknown in California 20 years ago, but now they are part of a growing collection of white wine choices coming from the Golden State. While Chardonnay remains the most popular and most widely planted white grape, other white varieties—led by Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris—are gaining ground and bringing diversity to our wineglasses. Moreover, California whites have become the cool new thing to plant, grow and drink. Wine Spectator's MaryAnn Worobiec explains.

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