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Tasting Wine Spectator's Top 10 Wines of 2012

A showcase of the global cream of the crop with an accent on Rhône varieties

Posted: October 29, 2013  By Tim Fish

News & Features  :  News & Features

Featured Winemakers: Frédéric Drouhin and Véronique Drouhin-Boss

Maison Joseph Drouhin shows the staying power of grand cru Burgundy—and family-run companies

Posted: October 29, 2013  By Tim Fish

Blogs  :  Exploring Wine with Tim Fish

12 California Merlots for $20 or Less

Good quality comes at a fair price if you shop wisely

Posted: October 23, 2013  By Tim Fish

Snidely debating what wine is "in" and what wine is "out" is a favorite pastime of industry insiders. First, Merlot was in, and then it was out. In and out, in and out-you get whiplash after a while. How much of that trickles down to consumers is hard to say. I'm not sure they care.

The 2010 vintage in California certainly didn't show Merlot at its best, and it's too early to call the 2011s, which are just being released. For my annual Merlot report, I tasted more than 180 wines, and I offer my take in the Nov. 30 issue. Despite the challenges of recent vintages, there is a solid selection of California Merlots on the market that sell for $20 or less. These are wines that can compete with values from Argentina, Portugal and Washington state.

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

12 Bold California Zinfandels

New reviews from the challenging 2011 vintage

Posted: October 21, 2013  By Tim Fish

Blogs  :  Exploring Wine with Tim Fish

Are You a Consumer, Collector or Absolutist?

When it comes to wine lovers, everyone has a style

Posted: October 16, 2013  By Tim Fish

I was a newspaper reporter for 20 years and one of my biggest challenges was figuring out what readers wanted to read and what I thought they needed to read. Neither is simple, although the Net makes the first easier. The number of clicks a story gets can give you an idea of what readers want to read. Deciding what they need to read is trickier. There’s a thin line between helping your readers learn more and blatant demagoguery, especially when it comes to areas in which a level of expertise is required like wine or food, or art, gardening and sports for that matter.

Figuring out what wine lovers want and need to read is sort of like agreeing on the best baseball team as the World Series approaches. We all come at it from different angles, and even after the trophy is taken home, the argument lives on.

The "World Values" story in the Oct. 15 issue of Wine Spectator makes the coin flip easy. My colleague Kim Marcus highlights 100 great value wines from around the world, grouped by region. Here are some of my favorites from the story, broken down by region, because you can find great values everywhere.

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

10 Vintage California Bubblies

New reviews of exceptional sparkling wines from the Golden State

Posted: October 14, 2013  By Tim Fish

Blogs  :  Exploring Wine with Tim Fish

Buddy, Can You Spare 10 Bucks for a Good Wine?

It’s a big fun world of wine when it comes to finding values

Posted: October 9, 2013  By Tim Fish

In my family there's a long line of cheapskates, balanced only by those few individuals who plowed through cash like so many dead leaves. Both sides of that genetic coin taunt my mind when it comes to buying wine. "I want a good Châteauneuf-du-Pape" goes up against, "No, they've gotten too damn expensive!"

The "World Values" story in the Oct. 15 issue of Wine Spectator makes the coin flip easy. My colleague Kim Marcus highlights 100 great value wines from around the world, grouped by region. Here are some of my favorites from the story, broken down by region, because you can find great values everywhere.

News & Features  :  News

Sonoma Loses Two Prominent Vintners: Robert Hunter Jr. and Dale Goode

Hunter was a banker-turned–sparkling winemaker; Goode a pioneering grower in Alexander Valley

Posted: October 7, 2013  By Tim Fish

News & Features  :  Travel Tips

Travel Tip: New Vail Hotels

A new generation of hotels arrives at this Colorado resort town

Posted: October 7, 2013  By Tim Fish

News & Features  :  News

Viansa Winery the Latest Buy in Vintage Wine Estates Spree

Comes on the heels of company’s August purchase of Clos Pegase

Posted: October 4, 2013  By Tim Fish

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