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Dec. 31, 2013 Issue  :  Columns

A Test of Terroir

Posted: December 31, 2013  By James Laube

News & Features  :  Wine Tips

Wine Tip: New Book Reviews

Wine Spectator editors weigh in on new titles

Posted: December 23, 2013  By Harvey Steiman, MaryAnn Worobiec, James Laube, James Molesworth

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

Sizing Up Bottle Sizes

Testing the Big Bottle Theory with five sizes of Chateau St. Jean Cinq Cépages 1995

Posted: December 19, 2013  By James Laube

Bottle size matters when it comes to wine, but maybe not as much as you might think. That's important to understand if you own larger-format bottles, or are considering buying some.

Conventional wisdom is that smaller bottles age faster than larger ones because smaller bottles have a smaller ratio of wine volume to oxygen, of which there is about the same amount in all bottle formats. That anecdotal thinking has been passed along for decades, becoming one of winedom's golden rules. Actually testing the theory is more difficult.

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).

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