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Aug. 31, 2014 Issue  :  Features

La Toque

Wine pairing reaches new heights in Napa

Posted: August 31, 2014  By James Laube

Aug. 31, 2014 Issue  :  Columns

A Vision for Wine in China

Posted: August 31, 2014  By James Laube

July 31, 2014 Issue  :  Features

Patience and Low Yields Key to Quality at Kongsgaard

Posted: July 31, 2014  By James Laube

July 31, 2014 Issue  :  Features

Napa's Fortunate Son

How John Kongsgaard forged his own path to world-class Chardonnay

Posted: July 31, 2014  By James Laube

July 31, 2014 Issue  :  Columns

French Paradox Redux

Posted: July 31, 2014  By James Laube

July 31, 2014 Issue  :  Tasting Reports

California Chardonnay's Big Easy

In a growing season lauded for a lack of drama, 2012 rolls out a large crop of vibrant, fruit-filled wines

Posted: July 31, 2014  By James Laube

News & Features  :  News

Napa’s Quixote Winery Sold to Chinese-Owned Firm For Approximately $29 Million

Sale of Stags Leap property the latest in a series of recent Asian acquisitions

Posted: July 22, 2014  By James Laube

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

An All-Star Game from a Past Life

As tonight's All-Stars play ball, I'm reminded of my press box debut at the 1967 All-Star Game

Posted: July 15, 2014  By James Laube

I thought I'd been offered a plum assignment, covering the 1967 Major League Baseball All-Star Game, held for the first time in my hometown of Anaheim, Calif., in its new stadium. I was a cub reporter for the Anaheim Bulletin and contributed little to our coverage. All the newspapers' front-line baseball writers were on hand and my editor, Doug Miles, sent as many of us to the game as wanted, likely me just for the experience. Only later did I find out why not all the staffers cared to go.

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

An Early Look at 2011 Napa Cabernets

A mixed vintage is off the pace, but stars can be found

Posted: July 15, 2014  By James Laube

To best appreciate how far viticultural and winemaking practices have come in the past decade, one need look no further than the 2011 Napa Valley Cabernets.

By most accounts this was the most damning vintage in perhaps 15 years. An altogether cool, damp year ended with heavy storms, and by some estimates as much as 50 percent of the grapes were of little or no use. I've talked with vintners who made about one-fourth of what they might have in a better year. Severe thinning led to a quarter-ton or less per acre. Thinning proved a winning strategy if only to salvage what might otherwise have been a dismal year. But based on nearly 200 reviews, the quality of the 2011 Napa Cabernets ranges from fair to, on a few occasions, outstanding.

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

Taking Twist-Offs on the High Seas

Alternative closures minimize the chance of a faulty wine

Posted: July 2, 2014  By James Laube

When I travel with wine, I prefer bottles with twist-off seals. That shouldn't come as a surprise to any regular readers of this blog or my magazine column. I'm convinced of the validity of twisties, and hauling around a case of them gives me a chance to test my own belief.

I recently spent a week on the Pacific on a fishing boat half-way down the Baja California coast, and the captain and the owners of the Sojourn, out of San Diego, all but encouraged anglers to BYOW, since that was one item they didn't stock (the meals, by the way, were excellent).

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