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Dec. 31, 2014 Issue  :  Features

How Antinori Changed Tuscany

Posted: December 31, 2014  By Tim Fish

Blogs  :  Exploring Wine with Tim Fish

13 Top California Bubblies for the Holidays

The Golden State offers quality and value for your seasonal celebration

Posted: December 17, 2014  By Tim Fish

The top sparkling wines from the Golden State are rich with bright California fruit, but layer it with lively acidity. Consumers will also find great value. Look for my complete American sparkling wine report next summer, but for now, here are the California bubblies that impressed me most in 2014.

Dec. 15, 2014 Issue  :  News

Napa Vintners Tally Earthquake Costs

Posted: December 15, 2014  By Tim Fish

Blogs  :  Exploring Wine with Tim Fish

My Favorite Wines of 2014

Plus a few winemaker friends pick their favorites of the year

Posted: December 10, 2014  By Tim Fish

There just aren't enough days in the year to drink all the good wine. Wine Spectator's Top 100 of 2014 is always my go-to list, but I also have personal favorites. They aren't necessarily the highest-rated, but these wines left an impression with me for all sorts of reasons—the mood I was in, the people I was with and the food I was eating. Some I tasted blind, others I didn't.

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

10 Top-Notch Sparkling Wines

New reviews of festive bubblies from California

Posted: December 8, 2014  By Tim Fish

Nov. 30, 2014 Issue  :  Tasting Reports

California Merlot Weathers the Storm

While the 2011s disappoint, the arriving 2012s mark a rich return to form

Posted: November 30, 2014  By Tim Fish

Blogs  :  Exploring Wine with Tim Fish

Chill Out About Thanksgiving Wine

Why do so many people make holiday wine so complicated?

Posted: November 19, 2014  By Tim Fish

Wine people overthink Thanksgiving. Just chill.

My advice is to put out a spread of wine, a bottle of this and that, so friends and family can experiment themselves as they eat. Below are a few of my current favorites worth seeking out.

Nov. 15, 2014 Issue  :  Features

Peter Michael's Quest

How an Englishman carved a great winery out of a California mountain

Posted: November 15, 2014  By Tim Fish

Blogs  :  Exploring Wine with Tim Fish

The Perfect $25 Bottle of Wine

Go on a quest to find your sweet spot

Posted: November 12, 2014  By Tim Fish

Twenty-five bucks is my sweet spot when it comes to buying wine. I don't expect miracles at $25. At that retail price, a bottle isn't a splurge, but it still has to deliver in the quality department.

These are bottles that wine geeks routinely open during the week and casual drinkers keep for the weekend. A sweet-spot wine, for me, should show balance and persistence, varietal correctness and good complexity. A sense of place and a distinctive personality are highly valued, but not a deal breaker if absent.

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

10 Knockout California Zinfandels

New reviews of outstanding wines from the bold 2012 vintage

Posted: November 3, 2014  By Tim Fish

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