September is always a time for new beginnings. The eternal student in us yearns to go back to school. Then it occurs to us we already have plenty of degrees. What we’re after is learning something new and tasting a left-of-center wine can do the trick. Our line-up includes a pinotage, a sangiovese and a chenin blanc. Taste away. Here’s to new beginnings.

Lang & Reed, 2016 Mendocino Chenin Blanc, 13.5%, $27. This is a pretty chenin blanc – bright, crisp and subtle. Floral aromas and tangy fruit. Nice length. Spot on.

Warwick Estate, 2014 Old Bush Vines Pinotage, Stellenbosch, South Africa, 13.5%, $20. A snappy red with bright acid and tangy flavors. Notes of currant, raspberry and cedar. Nice and dry. Striking.

Monte Volpe, 2013 Mendocino County Sangiovese, 14.5%, $19. A bright and lively sangiovese with juicy notes of cherry, a hint of cranberry and earth. This tangy wine, with crisp acidity, is well crafted.

Roger Roessler Wines Lennox, 2015 Pinot Noir, 14.7%, $54. A pinot with tangy cherry flavors and lightly spice with white pepper in the mix. Bight acid buoys the wine. Lovely.

Picket Fence, 2014 Russian River Valley, Sonoma County Pinot Noir, 13.5%, $14. This is a bottling that definitely over-delivers with red fruit – raspberry and cherry. Seamless texture. Bright acid. Easy drinking. Well crafted.