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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

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

Cyrus Blooms Again in Alexander Valley

After two years on hiatus, top Sonoma restaurant reboots in a new locale

Posted: October 29, 2014  By Tim Fish

Cyrus was Sonoma County's top restaurant when it closed two years ago. The timing was ironic, since Healdsburg's dining scene in 2012 was almost red hot, a fire that Cyrus helped ignite when it opened in 2005.

Partners Nick Peyton and Douglas Keane always said Cyrus was only on hiatus, and now the reboot is officially in the works. Sorry, reservations aren't being accepted yet. You'll have to wait until 2016. That's a long time, but considering what Keane, Peyton and their investors have in mind, it's just around the corner.

News & Features  :  News & Features

How Antinori Changed the Face of Tuscany

Super Tuscans Tignanello and Solaia redefined Italian wine

Posted: October 21, 2014  By Tim Fish

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