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Aug. 31, 2013 Issue  :  Columns

Remembering André

Posted: August 31, 2013  By James Laube

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

Judge for Yourself

John Kongsgaard ages some of his Napa Chardonnays for as long as four years in oak

Posted: August 29, 2013  By James Laube

Oak is a divisive issues in wine. One way of looking at it is that if a little is good, then more is better. Not many people would actually subscribe to that theory, though.

Napa vintner John Kongsgaard has been experimenting with extended barrel aging for his Chardonnays for years, with increasingly impressive results. Not only were his two 2010s the cream of the crop in this year's roundup of California's best Chardonnays, but one wine he's been tinkering with spent four years in oak.

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

11 Outstanding Rutherford Cabernets

New reviews of top 2010 Cabernet Sauvignons from the Rutherford appellation of Napa Valley

Posted: August 26, 2013  By James Laube

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

10 Exciting Napa Cabernets Under $70

New reviews of outstanding 2010s at prices that won’t break the bank

Posted: August 19, 2013  By James Laube

News & Features  :  News

Caymus Pays $1 Million for Alleged Violations of Napa County Rules

Napa Valley winery accused of bottling too much wine on-site; will settle and move bottling operations

Posted: August 2, 2013  By James Laube

News & Features  :  Retrospective / Vertical

2003 California Cabernet Retrospective: At Age 10, Wines Show the Year's Difficulties

In a recent blind tasting, a dozen wines shine, but overall the vintage comes up short compared to the surrounding years

Posted: July 31, 2013  By James Laube

July 31, 2013 Issue  :  Columns

Power of the Place

Posted: July 31, 2013  By James Laube

July 31, 2013 Issue  :  Tasting Reports

Storm Clouds, Silver Lining

A rain-dampened 2011 vintage for California Chardonnay results in lighter-style wines

Posted: July 31, 2013  By James Laube

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

Terroir Is a Sticking Point in France's Cola Wars

The fine wine set's most controversial vocabulary word is crossing over into the mainstream

Posted: July 30, 2013  By James Laube

A lay person could be forgiven for thinking a group of vintners and enophiles talking shop were speaking another language. In many ways, they are—the American winespeak vernacular draws on words rooted in many foreign tongues, but predominantly French. But some of our idiomatic terms are occasionally adopted by the general populace.

"Vintage" might be the most prominent example. Collectibles of every ilk are now referred to by aficionados as "vintage," from cars to clothes. Sportscasters regularly call a veteran ballplayer's banner day a "vintage performance."

Thanks to a bubbling battle of Paris cola drinkers and the Wall Street Journal, terroir could be the unlikely next wine term to make the leap into the mainstream.

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

12 Noteworthy Napa Cabernets

New reviews of 2010 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignons, several under $100

Posted: July 8, 2013  By James Laube

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