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Blogs  :  Exploring Wine with Tim Fish

Could Harvest Be Just Six Weeks Away in California?

Early signs of veraison point to an unusual start for crush in 2014

Posted: June 18, 2014  By Tim Fish

Take your vacation soon, California winemakers. Early signs of veraison are already upon us. Veraison—when grapes begin ripening, turn softer and change color—rarely starts this early. It usually doesn't get going until the Fourth of July.

Veraison is significant for many reasons, but it's a big indicator of when harvest could begin: about six weeks later is the general rule. A lot depends on the region, grape variety, how a vineyard is farmed and, of course, the weather, but it boggles the mind that harvest could begin before Aug. 1, and not just for sparkling wine.

Dining & Travel  :  Monterey

Discovering the Monterey Coast

Beauty, adventure, great food and wine await

Posted: June 15, 2014  By Tim Fish

June 15, 2014 Issue  :  Tasting Reports

Summertime Perfect

U.S. sparkling wines are refreshing, well-priced choices for warm-weather sipping

Posted: June 15, 2014  By Tim Fish

June 15, 2014 Issue  :  Features

Discovering the Monterey Coast

Beauty, adventure, great food and wine await

Posted: June 15, 2014  By Tim Fish

Blogs  :  Exploring Wine with Tim Fish

Wines That Sizzle All Summer Long

When the temperatures rise, put down the red and the white and think pink

Posted: June 11, 2014  By Tim Fish

I've been reviewing a lot of 2013 rosés from California in recent weeks. The vintage offers a fine opportunity for winemakers who know what they're doing. I'm stocking up, and I've put together a list. Here a few of my highlights.

Blogs  :  Exploring Wine with Tim Fish

Reflecting on 20 Years of Zinfandels

Comparing the latest vintages to a retrospective tasting of the 2004s and 1994s

Posted: June 4, 2014  By Tim Fish

I've been thinking about California Zinfandel a lot lately, its past and the future. For the June 30 issue of Wine Spectator, I sized up the 2011s and 2012s for my annual Zin report and also revisited the 1994 and 2004 vintages in a retrospective tasting.

Blogs  :  Exploring Wine with Tim Fish

Discovering the Monterey Coast

Good food and wine abound in this strikingly beautiful part of California

Posted: May 28, 2014  By Tim Fish

The Coast of California rambles 840 miles along the Pacific and somewhere about half way is the Monterey Peninsula and Big Sur. You might find a more beautiful place, but you'd have to look hard.

It wasn't just the scenery that drew me to the Monterey Coast a few weeks back. There's an active food-and-wine scene to go along with all that outdoor adventure.

Blogs  :  Exploring Wine with Tim Fish

Value Wines for a Season of Grilling

Try this mixed case as Memorial Day weekend kicks off a summer of great meals

Posted: May 21, 2014  By Tim Fish

Last week's heat wave in Sonoma put me in the grilling mood. It was, in part, a survival tactic, since there's no AC in our kitchen and I wilt easily. But now that Memorial Day weekend is upon us, Americans are dusting off their grills and smokers, gathering the charcoal and researching new summer recipes the family isn't sick to death of.

Summer wine drinking deserves the same level of devotion. It takes prep work to find the right combination of qualities in a warm-weather wine: a style or variety you like, refreshing, good with grilled foods and, of course, a good value doesn't hurt. The last point is key for those do a lot of entertaining in the summer.

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

10 California Rosés to Brighten Your Day

New reviews of intriguing pink wines from the 2013 vintage

Posted: May 19, 2014  By Tim Fish

Blogs  :  Exploring Wine with Tim Fish

Bubbly: It’s a Summertime Thing

Who needs New Year's Eve? U.S. sparkling wines are ideal for warm-weather

Posted: May 14, 2014  By Tim Fish

It's a shame that so many Americans put off drinking sparkling wine until New Year's Eve. I crave it most in the summer when the days are sunny and I want something refreshing to drink. It also complements the lighter menus of summer like salads, seafood and chicken.

Here I highlight a handful of my favorite new sparkling wines: two of the top wines, two values and one superb rosé.

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