Jon Bonné is senior contributing editor for PUNCH, the former wine editor of The San Francisco Chronicle and author of The New California Wine and The New Wine Rules. He is currently working on his next book, The New French Wine. He lives in New York City.
If we refuse to accept that red wines can be both powerful and made without artifice, we cede the entire concept of diversity in wine.
Proof it’s possible to find charming expressions of the region’s native grapes, without undue manipulation and around $30.
Jon Bonné checks in on California cabernet—from Napa to the Santa Cruz Mountains—and selects the bottles that best represent its present.