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Is There a Solution to Bottle Variation?

Can closures be further improved? Would heat sensors prevent the sale of cooked bottles?

Posted: November 20, 2014  By James Laube

One of my peeves, and it's more than a pet, is wine bottle variation. Most wine drinkers are familiar with this unfortunate reality. One time you drink a wine and it's exciting, the next time something is slightly off. You know the saying: There are no great wines, only great bottles.

Nov. 15, 2014 Issue  :  Columns

The Quake of 2014

Posted: November 15, 2014  By James Laube

Nov. 15, 2014 Issue  :  Tasting Reports

Trying Times for Napa Cabernet

A cool, damp 2011 vintage yields few gems, with hillside sites performing best

Posted: November 15, 2014  By James Laube

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How Does Winning Wine of the Year Affect Future Vintage Prices?

Paloma Merlot won the honor in 2003, and in the subsequent decade has kept prices fair

Posted: November 14, 2014  By James Laube

There are plenty of ways to capitalize on winning Wine Spectator's Wine of the Year. Perhaps the most obvious is the opportunity for the winery or, as is more often the case, those who sell the wine, to hike the price—and the profit—in light of heightened demand. That's usually what happens.

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Oregon’s 2012s Are Just the Controversy the State Needs

A riper vintage challenges stylistic considerations

Posted: November 10, 2014  By James Laube

A controversy over the 2012 Oregon Pinot Noirs is the best thing that could happen to this exciting region.

Oregon isn't my beat, and I don't get to try as many wines as my colleague Harvey Steiman. But I've tasted enough of the 2012 Pinot Noirs to believe this is a monumental, game-changing vintage, one that is likely to give many Pinot lovers pause to take a closer look at these exciting wines.

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A Key Time to Assess Quality

A wine’s character starts to reveal itself after fermentation and before going into barrel

Posted: November 6, 2014  By James Laube

At this time of year, winemakers in the Northern Hemisphere are getting what some consider the most important look at their infant red wines.

The period between harvest and fermentation and then when the young reds go into barrel are two of the best times to assess the quality captured at harvest.

Oct. 31, 2014 Issue  :  Columns

Follow the Money

Posted: October 31, 2014  By James Laube

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Stylistic Considerations: To Buy or Not

The 2012 Sonoma Pinot Noirs will require patience

Posted: October 30, 2014  By James Laube

I've been tasting more 2012 Sonoma-grown Pinot Noirs of late, and the same pattern of quality and style emerges as I've discussed previously: These are fairly tannic, tight, backward wines that are not showy, or fruity, or generous, terms often applied to California Pinots (and California wines in general).

Oct. 15, 2014 Issue  :  Columns

Brothers of the Vine

Posted: October 15, 2014  By James Laube

Oct. 15, 2014 Issue  :  News

Napa's Quixote Winery Sold to Chinese-Owned Firm

Posted: October 15, 2014  By James Laube

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