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Napa Vintner George Vare Dies at 76

Man behind Geyser Peak and Luna Vineyards was a businessman and an innovator

Posted: April 17, 2013  By James Laube

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

Climate Change Will Turn Up the Heat on California's Water Wars

A new report on how climate change could affect the viability of California's vineyards puts water rights in the spotlight again

Posted: April 12, 2013  By James Laube

If you’ve never seen the movie Chinatown, now’s a perfect time, as water rights issues are as hot a topic today in the Golden State as they were during the "California Water Wars," which began at the turn of the 20th century and serve as the backdrop to the classic film.

A report on climate change published by the National Academies of Sciences earlier this month is bringing California's seemingly endless disputes over water rights sharply into focus, especially as it pertains to the wine industry. The international team of researchers that conducted the study made predictions about where vineyards will and won't be viable by the year 2050.

As the report pertains to California, the scientists predict that 70 percent of the area currently suitable for viticulture here will no longer be viable by the year 2050—that is, without the use of adaptive measures such as irrigation or misting vineyards to cool them off. Factoring in the areas of California that will become viable for quality grapegrowing as a result of climate change, the net loss of California vineyard land becomes 60 percent by 2050.

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

12 Go-To California Chardonnays

New reviews of outstanding Napa and Carneros Chardonnays from the 2011, 2010 and 2009 vintages

Posted: April 8, 2013  By James Laube

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

11 Trendsetting California Rhône-style Wines

New reviews of Rhône Valley-inspired wines from a host of exciting California vintners

Posted: April 1, 2013  By James Laube

March 31, 2013 Issue  :  Columns

A Rhône Ranger Rides Again

Posted: March 31, 2013  By James Laube

March 31, 2013 Issue  :  Tasting Reports

Four to Watch

Posted: March 31, 2013  By James Laube, MaryAnn Worobiec

March 31, 2013 Issue  :  Tasting Reports

California Rhônes’ Savory Allure

New grapes and styles set the tone in a cool 2010 harvest

Posted: March 31, 2013  By James Laube

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

Struggles Show for California's 2011 Vintage

Chardonnays and Pinots are lighter and short on flavor; Cabernet won’t be much better

Posted: March 27, 2013  By James Laube

The difficulties of the 2011 vintage for California Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are more evident with every tasting. The 2011 Cabernets are a year away, but you can expect much of the same: variability and a lesser year. It's something you should consider when buying the current Cabernet vintages on the market.

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

14 Elegant California Chardonnays

New reviews of 2010 bottlings worth stocking up on

Posted: March 25, 2013  By James Laube

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

At the Intersection of Wine and Baseball

It's that time of year again

Posted: March 15, 2013  By James Laube

There are quite a few parallels between two of my longtime favorite pastimes, wine and baseball. In fact, the analogies between the two fit like a glove.

The wine and baseball seasons each begin in the winter and end in the fall, with baseball club managers pruning rosters in spring training not long after vineyard managers have finished some pruning of their own. Ballplayers who get sheared find themselves back in the farm system.

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