California’s importance in the wine world is sadly not reflected in the U.K. market. Rare boutique wine commands high prices but there is value to be had. The Round Hill range of Chardonnay and Merlot offer delicious drinking and Rutherford Ranch from Rutherford produce excellent Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel. Ridge Vineyards are the established leader in the Santa Cruz Mountains with the sublime Lytton Springs, Geyserville and Santa Cruz Cabernet offering genuine value for money. From Paso Robles, Tablas Creek make wines of great interest from Rhone varietals.