California's other white wines

A lineup of California white wines made from lesser-known varieties

From Arinto to Vermentino, with Carricante, Picpoul, Ribolla Gialla and many other varieties in between, the California white-wine scene has become deliciously interesting lately.

Variety is the spice of life, so they say, yet most consumers tend to stick to the tried and true when it comes to their wine consumption. Wine producers and grape growers whose livelihoods depend upon selling their yearly efforts can hardly be blamed for following their lead when it comes to what they plant and make. In the last 20 years, however, an appreciation for more diversity among white wine grapes in particular has been growing...