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Wine Star: Jean-Michel Cazes

The man who transformed Château Lynch Bages gives a history lesson with his classic 2000 Bordeaux

Posted: October 20, 2014  By Tim Fish

News & Features  :  News

How Much Will Napa's Earthquake Cost?

With harvest winding down, vintners are getting a better idea of what August's quake inflicted

Posted: October 15, 2014  By Tim Fish

Blogs  :  Exploring Wine with Tim Fish

Not Just Another Silicon Valley Wine Wannabe

Sir Peter Michael builds a lasting legacy in Sonoma’s Knights Valley

Posted: October 15, 2014  By Tim Fish

One of the occasional benefits of writing about wine is the opportunity to interview someone who's famous for something other than wine. Take actor and vintner Dan Aykroyd for example. He was so down to earth I could have chatted about Saturday Night Live for hours. The same with John Lasseter of Pixar and his classic animated movies. I was more interested in asking film director Francis Ford Coppola about The Conversation than his Godfather films. But my job was to talk wine, so I stayed focused during the interviews.

I had a similar experience with Sir Peter Michael, who I profile in the Nov. 15 issue and who is also being honored as the winner of this year's Wine Spectator Distinguished Service Award.

News & Features  :  News

California Vintner Sir Peter Michael Receives Distinguished Service Award

The native Londoner and early Silicon Valley entrepreneur has produced outstanding wines for 24 years

Posted: October 14, 2014  By Tim Fish

News & Features  :  Wine Tips

Wine Tip: The Right Way to Do a Wine Tasting

Senior editors Harvey Steiman and Tim Fish with tips on how to approach a a diverse walkaround tasting

Posted: October 6, 2014  By Harvey Steiman, Tim Fish

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.

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