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News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

12 Standout California Reds

New reviews of Rhône-style offerings from Santa Barbara and Paso Robles

Posted: December 16, 2013  By James Laube

Dec. 15, 2013 Issue  :  Columns

Gridiron Vintner's Drive for Respect

Posted: December 15, 2013  By James Laube

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

The Curtain Is Dropping on California's 2011 Vintage

A difficult vintage has resulted in tough reds with drying tannins, and careless vintners ended up with musty, moldy-tasting wines

Posted: December 13, 2013  By James Laube

With the exception of the 2011 California Cabernets, which are trickling in, most of the 2011 wines from California have passed through our tasting room.

For some vintners, 2011 was the worst harvest in decades. For many, 2011 was the most difficult in a career. It's impossible to put a happy face on a year marked by uniformly cold temperatures, hard rain at harvest, crops at 50 percent of hope and minimal financial returns.

Yet for all the headaches and ordinary wines from 2011, there are plenty of lessons. One is that modern viticultural practices could salvage what was in most ways a nightmarish vintage.

Nov. 30, 2013 Issue  :  Columns

Another Front in the TCA War

Posted: November 30, 2013  By James Laube

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

9 Knockout California Reds

New reviews of Syrah and Grenache blends from Paso Robles

Posted: November 25, 2013  By James Laube

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

Priced Out

Rising prices have become an inevitability when it comes to fine wine

Posted: November 25, 2013  By James Laube

One of the hard truths about wine is that eventually you'll get priced out. That is, the wines you gravitate to and find so comfortably affordable will cost more.

These are often wines your special go-to wines, the wines you "discovered," and didn't want anyone else to find out about. Barring your own dramatic shifts in good fortune, they will eventually extend beyond your financial reach. The main reason is that quality wines will almost always reach a broader audience, which inevitably leads to higher prices.

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

A Restrained View of California Wine

Jon Bonné's 'The New California Wine' offers rewarding vignettes, but minimizes much of what California's established vintners have accomplished

Posted: November 18, 2013  By James Laube

Jon Bonné insists he doesn’t dislike all California wine, but he’s hardly enamored with much of it. He makes that point clear in his new book, The New California Wine, A Guide to the Producers and Wines Behind a Revolution in Taste (Ten Speed Press, $35).

Nov. 15, 2013 Issue  :  Features

A New Fall Classic

Hall of Fame pitcher Tom Seaver crafts a powerful Cabernet from Napa's Diamond Mountain

Posted: November 15, 2013  By James Laube

Nov. 15, 2013 Issue  :  Columns

The Critical Role of Tannins

Posted: November 15, 2013  By James Laube

Nov. 15, 2013 Issue  :  Features

At Age 10, 2003 Cabernets Show Year’s Difficulties

Twenty wines shine in a recent tasting, but the vintage comes up short overall

Posted: November 15, 2013  By James Laube

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