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Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

An Afternoon with Pax, Agharta and Jolie-Laide

Tasting the newest wines from Pax Mahle and his cellar master, Scott Schultz

Posted: June 5, 2014  By James Molesworth

On my first day of winery visits in California, I visited Pax Mahle and tasted through his lineup of recent Wind Gap wines. Following that, we tasted through his Pax and Agharta labels, and then I tasted the Jolie-Laide Wines made by Scott Schultz. Here are my notes on the wines I tasted.

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

The Evolution of Pax Mahle and His Wines

The Wind Gap, Agharta and Pax labels have broadened Mahle's range

Posted: June 4, 2014  By James Molesworth

With three developing labels, Pax Mahle needed some new digs. So he just recently moved his Wind Gap operation (6,000 cases annually and growing) into a gentrified section of old warehouses called the Barlow in Sebastopol, replete with Kosta Browne as neighbor and surrounded by busy hipster coffeeshops and breweries. Along with his 1,200-case Pax label and 1,000-case Agharta label, Mahle is busy.

"But it's still about how much [my wife] Pam and I can handle, without it consuming us," said Mahle, who wants to stay hands-on with all his projects.

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

Back to Cali

A return to California wine country to visit more wineries in Napa and Sonoma

Posted: June 2, 2014  By James Molesworth

I can't help but think of that song from my teenaged years every time I head back to California. Luckily, it's become a regular thing, making an annual visit to the Golden State. Not only getting to attend the Wine Spectator magnum parties in Sonoma and Napa that kick off the summer in wine country, but also getting to make a few stops at wineries.

News & Features  :  News

2014 Southern Hemisphere Harvest Report: South Africa

A first look at vintage quality down south, with eyewitness reports from growers and winemakers

Posted: May 23, 2014  By James Molesworth

News & Features  :  Wine Tips

Wine Tip: Fitness Tips From a Food and Wine Pro

In 2012, senior editor James Molesworth decided to get in shape without sacrificing the finer pleasures. Here's how

Posted: May 19, 2014  By James Molesworth

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

16 Distinctive Sherries

New reviews of Sherry in a range of styles, from dry finos to sweet olorosos

Posted: May 9, 2014  By James Molesworth

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

With Spring in Bloom, Is It Time to Think Pink?

When the weather warms, it's time open a bottle of Provencal rosé

Posted: May 7, 2014  By James Molesworth

There is perhaps no other wine so seasonal as rosé (maybe Port in winter). The sudden and quick flood of rosé that comes through the tasting room this time of year is the harbinger of sidewalk cafés filled with people knocking back the pink stuff as beads of condensation drip down the sides of overstuffed silver wine buckets.

April 30, 2014 Issue  :  Features

Facing Temptation, Staying Fit

Wine and restaurant industry professionals find ways to get in shape

Posted: April 30, 2014  By James Molesworth

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

Domaine des Baumard Under Screw Cap: 10 Years After

Florent Baumard rocks out with Stelvin

Posted: April 28, 2014  By James Molesworth

When Florent Baumard, the mild-mannered owner of Domaine des Baumard in France's Loire Valley, announced he was switching to bottling his entire production under screw cap, more than a few people noticed. It was a bold move, not only because of the domaine's high profile as one of the wine world's flagship estates for Chenin Blanc, but because it was still relatively early in the cork versus screw cap closure debate. But while it started as an experiment in the 2003 and 2004 vintages, it didn't take long for Baumard to commit.

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

20 Refreshing Provençal Rosés

New reviews of summertime pinks from France

Posted: April 18, 2014  By James Molesworth

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