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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

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

9 Rock-Solid Zinfandels from Sonoma

New reviews from the surprisingly good 2011 vintage

Posted: February 10, 2014  By Tim Fish

News & Features  :  News

Mendocino Wine Pioneer John Parducci Dies at 96

A champion of everyday wines, former Parducci Cellars patriarch's career spanned seven decades

Posted: February 6, 2014  By Tim Fish, Aaron Romano

Blogs  :  Exploring Wine with Tim Fish

Château Latour 1945 on a Tuesday Night?

You wish, pal, it’s time to tighten the fiscal belt

Posted: January 29, 2014  By Tim Fish

The only good thing about junk mail is how easy it is to throw out, or light a fire with. And yet here we are at the end of January, when every letter and slice of paper in the mailbox must be sifted through in case a Christmas bill or tax form is overlooked.

As tempting as it is to burn those, too, it won't get you very far. It's time to buck up, and if need be, take on some fiscal responsibility. As a wine lover, that is never a first choice, obviously. We all want to drink Château Latour 1945 on a Tuesday night. Well, I do anyway, but that's probably not going to happen, not even on a Friday or Saturday night.

The point is that fiscal responsibility as a wine lover may not be preferable, but it is possible. Case in point: the 10 wines detailed below. Each sells for $20 or less and earned an 88-point rating or higher on the Wine Spectator 100-point scale. That's a tough quality-to-price ratio to beat.

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

9 Tempting California Merlots

New reviews of Golden State reds that have plenty of appeal

Posted: January 27, 2014  By Tim Fish

News & Features  :  News

California Wineries Confront Historic Drought

With no rain in sight, reservoirs are empty and vintners fear a small crop even before the vines wake up

Posted: January 21, 2014  By James Laube, Tim Fish

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