TGIF, amirite? Before you get home from the office tonight, swing by your favorite local wine shop and stock up on one (or all) of these editor-approved Best Buys from California. Your night just got better.
Greystone 2013 Chardonnay (California); $14, 89 points. This versatile Chardonnay is nicely balanced between fresh fruit flavors, crisp acidity and relatively light body. —J.G
flipflop 2012 Chardonnay (California); $7, 86 points. Herbal and appley aromas lead to soft apple and melon flavors in this lively, creamy wine. —J.G.
J. Lohr 2013 Flume Crossing Sauvignon Blanc (Arroyo Seco); $14, 90 points. This very approachable and likable wine is very herb-tinged, yet finds a nice symbiosis with the riper nectarine and melon notes. —M.K.
Vinum 2013 Chenin Blanc (Clarksburg); $13, 88 points. Clean, crisp, dry and tangy—think fresh-cut apples with a whiff of honey—this wine is appealing because of its freshness and acidity.—J.G
CK Mondavi 2012 Wildcreek Canyon Cabernet Sauvignon (California); $7, 86 points. The flavors and body (smooth, ripe plums with a bit of black olive) are textbook Cabernet Sauvignon—but on the light side. —J.G.
Perry Creek 2012 ZinMan Zinfandel (El Dorado); $11, 86 points. This tastes full-bodied and extra ripe, one of those monster Zins that need wood-fired meat to match its intensity. —J.G.
Ironstone 2012 Petite Sirah (Lodi); $12, 87 points. A very smooth and easygoing selection from a usually tannic grape variety. —J.G.