California – Cabernet and beyond

The youngest Master of Wine assesses some California wines deemed respectively 'collectable' and 'covetable' in London, in less than perfect circumstances. See also Elaine's two-part survey of California's new ways with the Mission grape published on Monday and Tuesday.

California’s golden beaches, rolling waves, glamorous film studios, clear blue skies and rugged countryside seemed a world away on a drizzly morning in Vauxhall, south London. But, as I entered the striking new US Embassy, I found myself surrounded by something else that is quintessentially Californian – premium wine. This was the chosen location to showcase bottles described respectively as Covetable...

Owl box in Napa Valley vineyard just north of St Helena