California has no shortage of sun- kissed vineyards and praiseworthy wine. Images of Napa and Sonoma instinctively come to mind, yet the Golden State is actually a treasure chest of esteemed vineyards rooted in less obvious areas. Among these underdog regions are the Sierra Foothills, Lodi and Contra Costa.
Julie Albin is a US-based wine and spirits journalist, educator and consultant, and former editor-in-chief of Drink Me magazine.
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