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Tainted Cork Woes

Corks are better than they used to be, but they'll never be perfect

Posted: January 17, 2014  By James Laube

Wine Spectator senior editor James Laube reports his latest findings on the percentage of corked and tainted California wines that were tasted in Wine Spectator's tasting room in 2013. Cork taint frequency was up just a tick last year to a 4.26 percent failure rate.

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

10 Striking Napa Cabernets

New reviews of Cabernet Sauvignon from the 2009 and 2010 vintages

Posted: January 13, 2014  By James Laube

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

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