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News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

11 Bright California Sparklers

New reviews of festive bubblies from the Golden State

Posted: September 16, 2013  By Tim Fish

News & Features  :  Travel Tips

Travel Tip: Portland Restaurants

A thriving food and wine scene abounds with bohemian charm

Posted: September 16, 2013  By Tim Fish

Blogs  :  Exploring Wine with Tim Fish

No Rest for the Weary Winemaker

Harvest 2013 is running early in California

Posted: September 11, 2013  By Tim Fish

There’s a dusty book someplace that lists the California harvests that ran earlier than 2013, but I can’t recall many in the 24 years I’ve lived here. Consider this. Hanzell Vineyards, known for great Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, finished its harvest in Sonoma Valley a week before Labor Day.

That’s on the outskirts of the norm but it does show how fast things are moving. The growing season rain early all year and there’s been plenty of sun throughout summer. Warm temperatures to start the month moved things along even faster.

Collecting  :  Collecting News

Sonoma Wine Country Weekend Raises Record $2.5 Million

County and valley combine efforts and take in $1.4 million at live auction

Posted: September 3, 2013  By Tim Fish

Blogs  :  Exploring Wine with Tim Fish

Building a Better Burger for Labor Day Reds

What's in your glass and on your bun this weekend?

Posted: August 28, 2013  By Tim Fish

Wine Spectator associate editor Tim Fish offers wine pairing advice for Labor Day weekend burgers, with 9 wine recommendations, and a plea for a great burger recipe.

News & Features  :  News

Napa's Clos Pegase Sold

Vintage Wine Estates, backed by Leslie Rudd, plans to boost production; art collection not included in sale

Posted: August 21, 2013  By Tim Fish

Blogs  :  Exploring Wine with Tim Fish

Middle America Gets Wine Friendly

A new Gallup poll reflects a change in attitude among Americans

Posted: August 7, 2013  By Tim Fish

Americans now say they like wine just as much as they do beer, which is a huge preference shift in the past 20 years. That was the main takeaway from a new poll by Gallup.

While you shouldn't read too much into the results—Americans continue to spend a lot more money on beer and spirits—it says a great deal about this country's increasingly friendly attitude toward wine.

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

9 Zesty Zinfandels

New reviews of California Zins from the difficult 2011 vintage

Posted: August 5, 2013  By Tim Fish

Blogs  :  Exploring Wine with Tim Fish

California Merlot: the Good News and the Bad

While the 2009 vintage shines, consumers must shop carefully for 2010s and 2011s

Posted: July 31, 2013  By Tim Fish

Back in school, there was always a smartass who'd taped a sign to a kid's back. California Merlot has been wearing one of those signs for years now, and it reads "Kick Me." The 1990s boom years are long gone, even though Merlot is still popular with consumers looking for an easygoing red for $10 to $20. There are a few high-end Merlot producers like Duckhorn, Lewis and Pahlmeyer that can charge a premium, but many wineries with $25 to $50 bottles can't give them away.

But if the 2009 vintage proved anything, it's way too soon to write off California Merlot.

July 31, 2013 Issue  :  News

Grand Tour Makes Three-City Circuit

San Francisco, Las Vegas and Chicago host Wine Spectator’s 12th annual event

Posted: July 31, 2013  By Tim Fish

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