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Oct. 31, 2014 Issue  :  News

Peter Michael Named Distinguished Service Award Winner

Posted: October 31, 2014  By Tim Fish

Oct. 31, 2014 Issue  :  News

Napa Recovers From 6.0 Earthquake

With harvest just days away, vintners assessed damage and began cleaning up

Posted: October 31, 2014  By Tim Fish, MaryAnn Worobiec, Augustus Weed

Blogs  :  Exploring Wine with Tim Fish

Discovering the New and the Classics

With more than 250 wines to taste at the Grand Tasting, everyone needs a game plan

Posted: October 1, 2014  By Tim Fish

I remember walking into my first Grand Tasting 16 years ago. I was just a young wine nerd and not yet on the Wine Spectator staff and I wanted more than anything to come off as poised and urbane, but at the sight of all those rare wines, my eyes shot out of my head like a cartoon character's.

The chance to taste 250 wines, with winemakers and owners right there at the table, can be overwhelming for the uninitiated. Overwhelming as in awesome, awesome as in stuttering to say something insightful as your wine is poured, insightful as in, "uhm … Hi."

Blogs  :  Exploring Wine with Tim Fish

Last of the Summer Wine

Hang on to those sunny days with these good-value reds

Posted: September 24, 2014  By Tim Fish

Summer ended officially this week but I’m in denial about it. The warm weather took its time getting here in the first place and now it’s heading south again already.

We’re not letting it go without a fight, are we? Damn straight. Repeat after me: Summer isn’t over. Summer isn’t over.

In defiance of fall, I’ve selected five of my favorite summer wines from reviews published in our Oct. 31, 2014 issue. All of the wines are Zinfandel or Zin-based reds, which are the ideal wines with sunny weather and summer food. I drink them with everything from pasta and chicken to grilled steak and smoked ribs.

Blogs  :  Exploring Wine with Tim Fish

Can a Napa Icon Be Saved?

The Trefethen family vows to restore the historic but quake-damaged McIntyre winery

Posted: September 17, 2014  By Tim Fish

Of all the dramatic visuals the morning after the Napa earthquake—the shattered wine cellars and landslides of fallen barrels—nothing for me was more startling than the live TV images of the historic McIntyre building, crippled and sagging on the grounds of Trefethen Vineyards in Yountville.

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

10 Flashy California Merlots

New reviews from the 2012 and 2011 vintages in Napa Valley and beyond

Posted: September 15, 2014  By Tim Fish

Blogs  :  Exploring Wine with Tim Fish

Tasting Room 101: A Guide for Beginners and Pros Alike

It's harvest in Northern California and with the earthquake behind us, it’s time to hit the wine roads

Posted: September 10, 2014  By Tim Fish

Wine Spectator senior editor Tim Fish offers tips for visiting winery tasting rooms, from etiquette to what to expect to pay to what and who to bring.

Blogs  :  Exploring Wine with Tim Fish

Taking a Bite—and a Sip—Out of Sonoma

Annual Taste of Sonoma was a moveable feast of food and wine

Posted: September 3, 2014  By Tim Fish

Wine Spectator senior editor Tim Fish attends the Taste of Sonoma wine and food festival.

Collecting  :  Collecting News

Sonoma Harvest Wine Auction Raises Record $4 Million

The annual Sonoma Wine Country Weekend supports local charities with three days of wine, food and fun

Posted: September 2, 2014  By Tim Fish

Aug. 31, 2014 Issue  :  Features

The Stonehouse

A world-class list at an intimate California resort

Posted: August 31, 2014  By Tim Fish

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