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March 31, 2015 Issue  :  Tasting Reports

California Rhônes Come On Strong

Posted: March 31, 2015  By Tim Fish, MaryAnn Worobiec

Blogs  :  Exploring Wine with Tim Fish

Are the 2012 Zins Rock Stars?

A snapshot of the vintage as the annual report approaches

Posted: March 4, 2015  By Tim Fish

My expectations for the 2012 California Zinfandels were high from the beginning. Winemakers were giddy, even beyond the typical "best vintage ever" BS you hear after harvest every year. The question is how have those early reactions played out? Therein lies my story.

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

10 Dynamic Dry Creek Zinfandels

New Reviews of 2012 reds from Sonoma County

Posted: March 2, 2015  By Tim Fish

Blogs  :  Exploring Wine with Tim Fish

Belt-Tightening Wines for Tax Time

No need to bite the bullet when values abound

Posted: February 25, 2015  By Tim Fish

Yes, friends, it's tax time. Those of you expecting a refund have no doubt already filed and perhaps have received a check by now, and the rest of us, quite candidly, hate your stinking guts.

With all the hardworking Americans writing big fat checks to the government, there may not be a lot of cash left for the necessities … you know, like wine. Not to worry. I've put together a case of terrific wines that cost $25 or less and also have good availability. That's a rare combo these days.

Blogs  :  Exploring Wine with Tim Fish

50 Years in Wine and a Cellar to Prove It

Winemaker Richard Arrowood stages a remarkable retrospective of his wines through the years

Posted: February 18, 2015  By Tim Fish

WineSpectator.com members: Read senior editor Tim Fish's scores and tasting notes for a vertical of Richard Arrowood's Sonoma Cabernets from Chateau St. Jean and Arrowood going back to 1975.

Blogs  :  Exploring Wine with Tim Fish

Sonoma’s Dining Shifts into High Gear

New restaurants in Healdsburg and Sonoma Valley are resetting the bar

Posted: February 11, 2015  By Tim Fish

The Sonoma County dining scene isn't like any place else. Chefs were doing farm to table back in the 1980s, long before it was de rigueur, and somehow over the years they've managed to keep it real. The chefs here hangout with farmers and the winemakers are connected to the land and the kitchen. Here are four new restaurants Sonoma diners are excited about.

Blogs  :  Exploring Wine with Tim Fish

Praying for Rain in California

With a storm in the forecast, can wine country catch up from the driest January on record?

Posted: February 4, 2015  By Tim Fish

Wait a minute. What's that clear, soggy stuff falling from the sky?

Winemakers and grapegrowers might ask that question on Thursday when the first major rainstorm since Christmas is expected to hit Northern California.

News & Features  :  News

Kendall-Jackson Owners Buy California Pinot Powerhouse Siduri

Adam Lee will continue as winemaker; Jackson Family Wines sees potential in single-vineyard Pinot Noir

Posted: January 29, 2015  By Tim Fish

Blogs  :  Exploring Wine with Tim Fish

A House of Zinfandel Reborn

Brothers Jake and Scot Bilbro revitalize Sonoma’s Limerick Lane

Posted: January 28, 2015  By Tim Fish

When Jake and Scot Bilbro took over Limerick Lane winery and vineyard in 2011, it seemed an ideal match. The estate has a rich history of producing outstanding Zinfandel, and the brothers Bilbro grew up in the Sonoma County wine business with their dad, Chris Bilbro, at Marietta Cellars.

Blogs  :  Exploring Wine with Tim Fish

A Wish List for 2015

No one can predict the future, but here are my anticipated highlights of the year ahead

Posted: January 14, 2015  By Tim Fish

Here are a few of the things I'm looking forward to in 2015, including eating more foie gras and drinking more Merlot and Zindandel.

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