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March 31, 2014 Issue  :  People

A Mind of His Own

Brian Loring does things his way and makes the wines he loves to drink

Posted: March 31, 2014  By Tim Fish

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

9 Racy Sonoma Zinfandels

New reviews of top red wines from the 2010, 2011 and 2012 vintages

Posted: March 24, 2014  By Tim Fish

Blogs  :  Exploring Wine with Tim Fish

California Wine Doesn’t Need Saving

It’s déjà vu all over again as the wines of the Golden State are once again the whipping boy

Posted: March 19, 2014  By Tim Fish

Here we go again. Every 10 or 20 years, the “Old World Wine Intelligentsia” tries to convince us that California wines are lousy.

Surely we’re not falling for this again, right? We’re bigger people after all these years, more secure about the quality of the wines. There’s no need for California to justify its place in the wine world.

Blogs  :  Exploring Wine with Tim Fish

A Zinfandel Star on the Rise

The low profile of Miraflores belies the high quality of its wines

Posted: March 12, 2014  By Tim Fish

Secluded high in the mountains of the Sierra Foothills, Miraflores Winery has gone quietly about the business of making great Zinfandel for a decade now.

Foothills wineries often have trouble getting the attention they deserve in the California wine industry, and none are more deserving of a higher profile than Miraflores. Of the nine Zinfandels I've reviewed, seven received outstanding ratings.

News & Features  :  Wine Tips

Wine Tip: Brian Loring Makes Pinot on His Own Terms

By staying true to his tastes, Loring has become one of the top Pinot producers in California

Posted: March 3, 2014  By Tim Fish

Feb. 28, 2014 Issue  :  Features

Sonoma Coast, Albariño, Lake County

Posted: February 28, 2014  By Tim Fish

Feb. 28, 2014 Issue  :  Features

Cowboy Philosopher

Pinot Pioneer Rollin Soles looks to the future at his own winery, Roco

Posted: February 28, 2014  By Tim Fish

Blogs  :  Exploring Wine with Tim Fish

Is Wine Your Obsession?

Compulsively collecting is a stage that many of us go through

Posted: February 27, 2014  By Tim Fish

When I first started drinking wine--meaning good wine--I was in my late twenties. It didn't take long to become obsessed, or as obsessed as anyone can be on a newspaper reporter's salary.

Given my discretionary income, I wasn't your average wine collector, but whenever I read a great review the scheming would begin. Buying a case was out of the question, but a bottle or two was possible, if I could even track it down.

Blogs  :  Exploring Wine with Tim Fish

California Is Finally All Wet

Big weekend storm gives hope to winemakers, particularly in Northern California

Posted: February 12, 2014  By Tim Fish

The first major storm in more than a year swept through Northern California over the weekend, and the sound heard in the skies wasn't thunder, but a sigh of collective relief.

Napa Valley and Sonoma County averaged about 8 inches in a few days, with some areas gaining as much as 12 to 15 inches. Central California wasn't as blessed, receiving no more than an inch or so.

The drought is far from over even in Northern California—rainfall levels are still below the previous record drought year of 1977—but you won't hear any complaints right now.

News & Features  :  News

Williams Selyem Winemaker Bob Cabral Stepping Down

The 2014 harvest will be his last at the iconic Russian River winery as he explores other projects

Posted: February 10, 2014  By Tim Fish

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