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Blogs  :  Exploring Wine with Tim Fish

Think Bubbly When Beating the Holiday Heat

With the western U.S. broiling, uncork sparkling wine for July 4th

Posted: July 3, 2013  By Tim Fish

I usually smoke ribs or a brisket or chicken on Independence Day, but that's not going to happen this year. Thanks to the heat, I'll be outside as little as possible. As Woody Allen said, "I don't tan. I stroke." This year I'll grill salmon or something else that's easy and light.

As for the wine, it's bubbly for me. Not only will it go well with the heat and salmon, but also the Fourth is a day of celebration after all, right?

June 30, 2013 Issue  :  Features

Zinfandel's Renaissance

A group of dedicated young winemakers is ready to take California’s quintessential wine from cult status to the big time

Posted: June 30, 2013  By Tim Fish

June 30, 2013 Issue  :  Features

Zinfandel Stars

Fifteen California producers with a track record for quality

Posted: June 30, 2013  By Tim Fish

June 30, 2013 Issue  :  Tasting Reports

A Challenging Year

The 2010 vintage delivers mixed quality, but the best Zinfandels still shine

Posted: June 30, 2013  By Tim Fish

Blogs  :  Exploring Wine with Tim Fish

Wine and Hot Dogs: Let the Fireworks Begin

Time to have fun pairing wine with the traditional Fourth of July spread

Posted: June 26, 2013  By Tim Fish

Nail biting over the wine to drink with Thanksgiving dinner pales next to the challenge of pairing wine with a classic Fourth of July barbecue. That's one reason so many Americans reach for a beer.

I'm something of an anarchist when it comes to food and wine. There's too much fuss put into finding the seamless match in my view. Seamlessness is boring. I prefer a wine that offers a playful contrast and enhances the food or brings out something new.

And face it, if you can't be playful and have fun with food and wine on July 4, then you don't deserve to watch the fireworks.

News & Features  :  Travel Tips

Travel Tip: Mendocino Wineries

A guide to the region's highlights

Posted: June 24, 2013  By Tim Fish

Blogs  :  Exploring Wine with Tim Fish

Value Reds Built for Millennials

A new generation of California blends will make you forget the days of Hearty Burgundy

Posted: June 19, 2013  By Tim Fish

It's good to see that Americans are beginning to ignore one of the long-standing "rules" of California wine—that it has to be varietally specific: Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, etc.

Blends have been a no-no, particularly when it comes to value wines, but America is now more confident and comfortable with wine, and we no longer have to live down the days we swilled cheap "Hearty Burgundy" and generic jugs of "Chablis."

Millennials, the industry is learning, are open-minded about blends, and that changing mindset has lead to a new generation of value-oriented California red blends.

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

9 Winning California Merlots

New reviews of Golden State reds that raise the bar on quality

Posted: June 17, 2013  By Tim Fish

June 15, 2013 Issue  :  Features

A Wine and Food Tour of Mendocino

Known for its laid-back atmosphere, this Northern California county offers an authentic experience

Posted: June 15, 2013  By Tim Fish

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

12 Rosés, Sunglasses Not Included

New reviews of California pinks that issue you a passport to summer

Posted: June 3, 2013  By Tim Fish

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