tim fish

First  << 6789101112 >>  Last (94)

Blogs  :  Exploring Wine with Tim Fish

California Merlot: the Good News and the Bad

While the 2009 vintage shines, consumers must shop carefully for 2010s and 2011s

Posted: July 31, 2013  By Tim Fish

Back in school, there was always a smartass who'd taped a sign to a kid's back. California Merlot has been wearing one of those signs for years now, and it reads "Kick Me." The 1990s boom years are long gone, even though Merlot is still popular with consumers looking for an easygoing red for $10 to $20. There are a few high-end Merlot producers like Duckhorn, Lewis and Pahlmeyer that can charge a premium, but many wineries with $25 to $50 bottles can't give them away.

But if the 2009 vintage proved anything, it's way too soon to write off California Merlot.

July 31, 2013 Issue  :  News

Grand Tour Makes Three-City Circuit

San Francisco, Las Vegas and Chicago host Wine Spectator’s 12th annual event

Posted: July 31, 2013  By Tim Fish

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

17 Pinks from California

New reviews of intriguing rosés, most from the 2012 vintage

Posted: July 22, 2013  By Tim Fish

Blogs  :  Exploring Wine with Tim Fish

Are You a Food-and-Wine Pairing Heretic?

I confess that I sometimes take the rules in vain

Posted: July 17, 2013  By Tim Fish

It's blasphemy, I know, but I don't always drink the perfect wine with my food.

Forget perfect: Sometimes I don't even remotely drink the right wine. This isn't a radical idea for old wine hands, but I think it's worth restating for new wine lovers. The right wine with the right meal remains the ideal, but who lives in an ideal world?

Blogs  :  Exploring Wine with Tim Fish

Taking the Pulse of Vintage 2013

A heat wave has jump-started ripening in what was already an early growing season in California

Posted: July 10, 2013  By Tim Fish

There's one thing you can say about the recent growing seasons in Northern California: They haven't been boring. 2010 was chilly then blazing hot. 2009 and 2011 were soggy. Only 2012 was a dream.

As for 2013, it's too early to tell.

Because of warm weather in late winter and spring, the season began early, with budbreak starting March 1 and bloom unfolding in mid-May. Skies were mostly sunny as summer began, and the season was moving along at a good clip, and then an extended heat wave arrived (with temperatures hovering around 100° F) in late June and continued through the Fourth of July.

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.

First  << 6789101112 >>  Last (94)

MEMBER LOGIN

= members only

Keep me logged in      Forgot Password?

Free Email Newsletters

Sips & Tips | Wine & Healthy Living
Video Theater | Collecting & Auctions

» View samples
» Or sign up now!
» Manage my newsletter preferences

Classifieds

The marketplace for all your wine needs, including:

Wine Storage | Wine Clubs
Dining & Travel | Wine Auctions
Wine Shops | Wine Accessories