11 Exciting Off-the-Radar California Reds

Try something new with Golden State Sangiovese, Montepulciano, Carignan and more, all at $30 or less

11 Exciting Off-the-Radar California Reds
Winemaker Martha Stoumen's Carignan comes from the 70-year-old, dry-farmed Venturi Vineyard in Mendocino County. (Courtesy of Chad Kirkland Photography)
Sep 21, 2020

California grows dozens of red grapes besides its famed Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Pinot Noir. This week’s list highlights several of these alternative varieties, with many grown in the Golden State's lesser-known corners and produced with low-intervention methods to highlight their unique character and terroir. And while most of these reds are made in small volumes, they are generally great values for their quality.

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