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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

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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

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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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The 2013 Bordeaux Barrels Diary: A Tough Vintage Passes the Test

In 2013, Bordeaux passed two tests: one of vintage, and one of faith

Posted: April 8, 2014  By James Molesworth

Thanks to Mother Nature, Bordeaux faced myriad problems in 2013. Cold, windy and wet weather during flowering. Mid-season hailstorms. Then steady disease pressure from botrytis that basically went rampant with season-ending rains that lasted from mid-September through October.

It was a stern test that, by all accounts, Bordeaux passed. Not with flying colors—the vintage is hardly anything special. It's likely in the range of 2007, if that. The best red wines will be charming, aromatic drinks in less than a decade (whites are excellent, as are the dessert wines, but Bordeaux remains defined by its reds). But had you thrown this weather at the Bordelais in the decades of the '60s, '70s and '80s, perhaps even the '90s, it would have been a washout. The fact that they passed the test and generally made a drinkable vintage out of a train wreck of a growing season is a testament to several things.

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The 2013 Bordeaux Barrels Diary: The Finish Line

A sweet end to my Bordeaux visits at Sauternes neighbors Châteaus de Fargues and d'Yquem

Posted: April 4, 2014  By James Molesworth

I spent my last day of 2013 Bordeaux barrel tasting visits at Château de Fargues and Château d'Yquem. Here are my notes.

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