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Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

It's the Humidity

Keeping corks healthy means keeping the humidity just right

Posted: May 6, 2014  By James Laube

When it comes to cellaring wine, I've never paid much attention to humidity. But I've always been curious about the topic.

The debate over the importance of humidity has long been taken up by wine folks. One school of thought is that high humidity keeps a cork damp so it won't dry out or crumble, possibly exposing the wine to oxygen. My fellow columnist Matt Kramer is skeptical of the role humidity plays in the cellar. My general distrust of corks includes the crumbling effect. Usually, older corks are susceptible to cracking and crumbling. But I find younger corks are just as big a pain. No one likes to fish crumbled cork out of their glass of wine, even if it hasn't been oxidized.

News & Features  :  News

Jewelry V. Wine: Cartier Sues Carter Cellars

Executives at the international jeweler believe the Napa winery's label looks too familiar

Posted: May 1, 2014  By James Laube

April 30, 2014 Issue  :  Features

California Faces Historic Drought

Posted: April 30, 2014  By James Laube, Tim Fish

April 30, 2014 Issue  :  Columns

Baja's Romance Amid Reality

Posted: April 30, 2014  By James Laube

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

10 Distinctive Carneros Chardonnays

New reviews of cool-climate whites from California’s 2012 vintage

Posted: April 14, 2014  By James Laube

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

10 Lively Napa Valley Chardonnays

New reviews of snappy white wines from California

Posted: April 7, 2014  By James Laube

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

The Economics of Terroir

Hudson Vineyard's eclectic mix of grapes earns well-deserved attention, but California Cabernet isn't going anywhere

Posted: March 31, 2014  By James Laube

Lee Hudson can grow pretty much anything he wants in his highly regarded Carneros vineyard, and he does. Albariño, Arneis, Greco, Ribolla Gialla, Riesling and Vermentino are all getting a chance there. But it's slow and go with those newbies, as they and other grapes are largely untested as marketable wines, at least on the scale many Napa wineries are accustomed to. Hudson expects they'll catch on. But for now, those plantings are more experimental than essential, underscoring the economics of terroir.

March 31, 2014 Issue  :  Columns

Sizing Up Bottle Sizes

Posted: March 31, 2014  By James Laube

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

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

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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