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Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

Only Dead Men Can Write Obituaries

Do you have to have made wine to write about it?

Posted: August 8, 2014  By James Laube

When discussing older vintages, we all have limitations, especially when it comes to experience. Where and when your wine experiences begin are vital markers, since initial impressions are often lasting ones.

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

Golden State Oldies

Napa's Cabernets of yesteryear are experiencing a revival

Posted: August 7, 2014  By James Laube

There's a spirit of revival in California with older wines, with some vintners, many of them young, taking a keen interest in wines of yesteryear.

It's a healthy sign. "What's past is prologue" has merit in just about every aspect of life. Much of this new attention in California is directed toward Napa Valley Cabernets from the 1970s, and to a lesser extent the 1960s, because of the wines' reputations for longevity.

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

A Rumble in the Vineyards

Napa experienced a minor 3.2-magnitude earthquake this morning

Posted: August 5, 2014  By James Laube

Wine Spectator senior editor James Laube awoke to a 3.2-magnitude earthquake in Napa this morning.

July 31, 2014 Issue  :  Features

Patience and Low Yields Key to Quality at Kongsgaard

Posted: July 31, 2014  By James Laube

July 31, 2014 Issue  :  Features

Napa's Fortunate Son

How John Kongsgaard forged his own path to world-class Chardonnay

Posted: July 31, 2014  By James Laube

July 31, 2014 Issue  :  Columns

French Paradox Redux

Posted: July 31, 2014  By James Laube

July 31, 2014 Issue  :  Tasting Reports

California Chardonnay's Big Easy

In a growing season lauded for a lack of drama, 2012 rolls out a large crop of vibrant, fruit-filled wines

Posted: July 31, 2014  By James Laube

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

What Will the Future Hold for Quixote?

Carl Doumani has sold his Napa winery to Chinese interests

Posted: July 23, 2014  By James Laube

The decision about what wine to make is often as basic as what you like to drink and what you can sell. Winemakers figure if they make a wine they can't sell, they can drink it themselves. Up to a point.

Carl Doumani always liked Petite Syrah (his spelling), a drop in Napa Valley's bigger sea of Cabernet. When he bought the original Stags' Leap Winery property in 1971, it came with blocks of old-vine Petite that suited Doumani just fine. And true to his contrarian nature, he hung his white hat on Chenin Blanc, another old-time favorite that was losing steam. Selling those two wines amounted to paddling upstream as Cabernet and Chardonnay become the marquee wines of Napa, and favorites of American wine drinkers.

News & Features  :  News

Napa’s Quixote Winery Sold to Chinese-Owned Firm For Approximately $29 Million

Sale of Stags Leap property the latest in a series of recent Asian acquisitions

Posted: July 22, 2014  By James Laube

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

An All-Star Game from a Past Life

As tonight's All-Stars play ball, I'm reminded of my press box debut at the 1967 All-Star Game

Posted: July 15, 2014  By James Laube

I thought I'd been offered a plum assignment, covering the 1967 Major League Baseball All-Star Game, held for the first time in my hometown of Anaheim, Calif., in its new stadium. I was a cub reporter for the Anaheim Bulletin and contributed little to our coverage. All the newspapers' front-line baseball writers were on hand and my editor, Doug Miles, sent as many of us to the game as wanted, likely me just for the experience. Only later did I find out why not all the staffers cared to go.

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