Throughout California's wine regions, everyone is celebrating California Wine Month right now. You may be thinking that in California, it's always wine month, but September is when the harvests happen. They're an extra incentive to celebrate.

There are close to 100 wine events and festivals happening during the celebration, and wine lovers can explore wine, pick and crush grapes, attend VIP tours, participate in tastings and sip wine while enjoying concerts in vineyards.

I can't be in California this month for any of the festivities, but I can join in spirit by drinking some California wines. So I thought for this weekends what-to-drink post, I'd do a roundup of some of my favorite California wines I've suggested over the years.

  1. Noble Vineyards 337 Cabernet — This is one of my favorite go-to wines. If you were to tell me that you were grilling burgers this weekend and asked me to recommend a good wine, this is what I'd recommend. Every time.
  2. Dry Creek Vineyards Dry Chenin Blanc — Putting together a cheese tray? This is the wine I’d probably suggest to go with it.
  3. Rodney Strong Vineyards Charlottes Home Sauvignon Blanc — This is such a favorite of mine that when I chose to leave a special wine for the owners of the home we vacationed in this summer, this is what I left.
  4. Jekel Vineyards Riesling — If you're looking for a wine that's a compromise when you like dry wine and you're sharing a bottle with someone who likes it more on the sweet side, this dry Riesling is a nice choice.
  5. DeLoach Pinot Noir Rose — Everyone is drinking pink these days. Dry, fresh, fruity and lightly sweet, this rose is nice for this time of summer when the heat is still hanging on.
  6. Anything from Bonterra — The organic and biodynamic wines from Bonterra are always on my radar. One of the first sustainable bottles I ever bought and enjoyed immensely was their Zinfandel. My first taste of Viogner was from Bonterra, and that bottle made me a fan of the varietal as a whole.
Do you have a favorite California wine from a sustainable vineyard? I’m always looking for new wines to add to my favorites.

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Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.