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April 30, 2015 Issue  :  Columns

Economics of Terroir

Posted: April 30, 2015  By James Laube

March 31, 2015 Issue  :  News

Kosta Browne Changes Hands

Posted: March 31, 2015  By James Laube

March 31, 2015 Issue  :  Columns

South Africa Seeks Its Way

Posted: March 31, 2015  By James Laube

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

Silver Oak's Return to Form

Winemaker Dan Baron and the team at this longtime Napa Cabernet estate have made big changes at the winery, and they show in the 2010 vintage

Posted: March 30, 2015  By James Laube

It's not often that a venerable 40-year-old winery suddenly makes one of its best wines, perhaps in decades. But that may be the case with Silver Oak and its 2010 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

Beringer Vineyards Brings Back a Beringer

Mark Beringer has been named the new head winemaker at the Napa icon

Posted: March 26, 2015  By James Laube

Anytime Beringer Vineyards puts a new winemaker in charge, it's news, because it doesn't happen very often. Laurie Hook is stepping back as chief winemaker at Beringer, where she has been a guiding force for more than two decades, and chief winemaker since 2000. She will remain with the winery as winemaker emeritus.

Her successor, Mark Beringer, is coming home.

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

A Chardonnay Convert

Longtime Zinfandel advocate Pete Seghesio charts a new wine path

Posted: March 19, 2015  By James Laube

There was a time not so long ago when Pete Seghesio bled Zinfandel. His family owned Seghesio Family Vineyards, one of California' top Zinfandel wineries, and he stood not only as the family spokesman but as one of the industry's strongest advocates for that often underappreciated wine.

In an about-face few could foresee, Seghesio, long a Chardonnay antagonist, learned to love California's premier white wine.

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

Popularity and Prosperity vs. Quality of Life in Wine Country

Napa Wrestles with growth and land use

Posted: March 11, 2015  By James Laube

Once again, Napa County is being forced (rightfully) to reassess its state of affairs as relates to competing interests for land use: prosperity vs. well-being.

Jan. 31 - Feb. 28, 2015 Issue  :  Columns

The Curse of Bottle Variation

Posted: February 28, 2015  By James Laube

Collecting  :  Collecting News

Premiere Napa Valley Sale Brings in a Record $6 Million

Napa Valley Vintners' barrel tasting and auction sees strong demand for 2013 Cabernets

Posted: February 23, 2015  By James Laube

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

The Great Exchange

A strong dollar in the 1980s turned Bordeaux first-growths into steals for U.S. wine drinkers

Posted: February 20, 2015  By James Laube

There was a time when currency exchange rates created a bonanza for American wine drinkers. My first real exposure to the benefits of a strong dollar occurred in the mid-1980s, when the dollar bought the equivalent of 10 French francs. The fanciest of French wines became bargains for American wine drinkers.

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