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March 31, 2014 Issue  :  Tasting Reports

Rough Ride for California Rhônes

In 2011, cool weather ruled, yet wines surpass expectations

Posted: March 31, 2014  By James Laube

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When Wine Becomes Work and Play

A quiet dinner with friends ends with a trip to the garage to bottle some homemade wine

Posted: March 19, 2014  By James Laube

Garage wine. I can't think of many vintners that haven't made it.

I thought of this Friday night after dining with some young friends and their 3-month-old daughter.

The proud new parents did it all: They shopped, cooked, popped, poured, served and cleaned, making it both a fun and breezy evening, where we covered a variety of topics. And afterward, there was homemade wine to be bottled.

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Sweet on Lemon

Littorai's Ted Lemon hosts a blind tasting of 45 of his wines from California, Burgundy and beyond

Posted: March 6, 2014  By James Laube

One reason people like Ted Lemon's wines so much is that they like Ted Lemon. And his wines are a lot like him.

He is one of the most agreeable and thoughtful winemakers in California. He's a hero, too, these days, for many young winemakers. They aspire to what he's accomplished since arriving in California in the early 1980s from Burgundy, where he worked and learned his trade.

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

11 Appealing Sonoma Chardonnays

New reviews of California whites from the 2011 vintage

Posted: March 3, 2014  By James Laube

Feb. 28, 2014 Issue  :  Features

Tannat, Torrontés, Pinotage

Posted: February 28, 2014  By James Laube

Feb. 28, 2014 Issue  :  Columns

A Vineyard Blooms on Catalina

Posted: February 28, 2014  By James Laube

Feb. 28, 2014 Issue  :  Retrospective/Vertical

Shafer Hillside Select

The evolution of a classic Napa Cabernet

Posted: February 28, 2014  By James Laube

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Big Gains for Napa Valley Vintners at Premiere Napa Valley

But what does the record-setting auction mean for nearly priced-out consumers?

Posted: February 26, 2014  By James Laube

If you need a perspective on Premiere Napa Valley, the Napa Valley Vintners' trade-only tasting and auction, consider the sports world: Sports fans are keenly aware of what a team's popularity brings. It usually means the team is improved, and that usually translates to higher ticket prices.

This past weekend, the Premiere Napa Valley auction shattered its previous record, with $5.9 million in winning bids, or $283 per bottle. The top lot, 5 cases of 2012 Scarecrow Cabernet, sold for $260,000.

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Napa Vintner All in for Cold Weather

Mike Drash finds a new home in Minnesota

Posted: February 25, 2014  By James Laube

Mike Drash brought about his own climate change.

The 45-year-old vintner, who's been making wine in California, including Napa Valley, for two decades, has relocated with his family to Kasota, Minn., where he signed on as winemaker at Chankaska Creek Winery, a growing 5,300-case operation; the nearest big city is Des Moines, Iowa, to the south.

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Tasting with the Master

Michael Broadbent's vast catalog of wine writing offers much to learn

Posted: February 21, 2014  By James Laube

Michael Broadbent, 86, is one of wine's foremost authorities. In honor of his service to the wine auction industry at Christie's, he was the recipient of Wine Spectator's Distinguished Service Award in 1991. A prolific author of more than a dozen books, he is a scholar with a preoccupation for ancient wines, mostly French, but also German, Vintage Port, Champagne and Madeira. His two reference works, The Great Vintage Wine Book (Knopf, 1980), and its successor, The New Great Vintage Wine Book (Knopf, 1991), should be in any wine lover's library.

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