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Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

A Pinot with a View—of Marcassin

A look at Fred and Carol Schrader's new Boars' View Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir and Chardonnay

Posted: October 10, 2014  By James Laube

Fred and Carol Schrader's new label could easily have been called Boars' View of Marcassin, because that's the story behind its name.

The Schraders' Boars' View looks out at Marcassin (which is French for young wild boar), the adjacent vineyard and winery owned by Helen Turley and John Wetlaufer in the Fort Ross-Seaview appellation of Sonoma Coast. It's in a remote, tree-shrouded area, a few miles inland from the Pacific, but clearly warm enough to fully ripen grapes.

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

Fine-Tune Your Palate

Next week's Wine Spectator Wine Experience is the place to be

Posted: October 8, 2014  By James Laube

Think of it as a one-night tour of the wine world, with many of its superstar wines and their makers under one roof.

Think of it as a crash-course refresher on those iconic wines from those celebrated regions from the Old World and a glimpse of what lies ahead from the New World.

It's all on stage at next week's New York Wine Experience, where more than 260 of the world's greatest wines will be on display at the Grand Tastings.

News & Features  :  Retrospective / Vertical

2004 California Cabernet Retrospective: Easy Sailing

A steady growing season and a late burst of heat put 2004 wines in the sweet spot

Posted: October 8, 2014  By James Laube

News & Features  :  News

Harvey Posert Jr., the Man Behind Robert Mondavi’s Message, Dies at 84

Public relations expert helped Mondavi and other California vintners promote wine's virtues

Posted: October 3, 2014  By James Laube

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

An Exciting New Santa Barbara Red

Tensley and TGIC Importers team up for a unique blend

Posted: October 1, 2014  By James Laube

Joey Tensley and Alex Guarachi have teamed up to make an exciting new red wine from Santa Barbara that is exactly what wine lovers are looking for: an outstanding wine that's affordable and available.

They have collaborated on a wine called Tenshen, a $25 red with 3,500 cases made. The first vintage, 2013, exhibits a fresh, lively array of flavors, extending from ripe, juicy plum and black cherry to subtler dried herb, tar and rose petal.

Sept. 30, 2014 Issue  :  Columns

"Dim Somms"

Posted: September 30, 2014  By James Laube

Sept. 30, 2014 Issue  :  Tasting Reports

Tannic Times for California Pinot Noir

A big crop in 2012 yields uneven results

Posted: September 30, 2014  By James Laube

News & Features  :  News

Winemaker Manfred Krankl on Mend After Motorcycle Accident

Owner of Sine Qua Non expected to make full recovery from head injuries

Posted: September 24, 2014  By James Laube

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

California Harvest Heats Up

With rain on the horizon, winemakers in Napa and Sonoma are starting to bring in more grapes

Posted: September 23, 2014  By James Laube

With rain in the forecast for Northern California in the next few days, the harvest will accelerate in many quarters. No one expects the rain to cause much concern. But grapes close to full ripeness and susceptible to rain, such as Pinot Noir, will be best harvested sooner than later. No one wants to slosh through another year like 2011.

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

Grange’s Enduring Greatness

Consistency has been a strength for both the legendary Australian Shiraz and its label

Posted: September 12, 2014  By James Laube

Whenever I come face to face with a bottle of Penfolds Grange, as I did on two nights this week, several thoughts quickly come to mind.

I'm reminded of how fantastic this wine remains, and why it is still revered as one of Australia's greatest wines. I think too of its creator, Max Schubert, and the time we met in the 1980s, one of those special moments where I felt as if I were standing next to a legend, an original.

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