Wine Spectator senior editor James Laube says that he's heard rumors of winemakers adjusting their winemaking styles to garner critical praise from wine reviewers, but he says the best winemakers trust their gut and make wines they themselves can be proud.
Wine Spectator senior editor James Laube recalls the "food wine" trend set into motion by Vichon winery in Napa, which occupied an Oakvill property purchased this week by Harlan.
Wine Spectator senior editor James Laube sits down with California Rhône-style wine guru John Alban and talks about what can be learned from tasting older wines (as well as how they shouldn't be used to judge future wines as winemaking styles evolve).
Wine Spectator Senior Editor James Laube says the 2007 wines are the best ever from appellations up and down California, so this is the perfect time to stock up on a great vintage. Few vintners want a repeat of 2008 or 2009.
My first and only close encounter with Dornfelder came in a blind tasting last week. It's a grape developed in Germany and it offers a distinctive, exotic aroma and wine-drinking experience. In California, Ampelos makes a wine from it.
There's too much hand-wringing by those who decry what they perceive as wines that are over-ripe and alcoholic. Wine is best assessed in its whole, which gives us a wide birth for determining what constitutes balance, complexity and appeal in each wine.
The sale of The Prisoner and Saldo to the Huneeus family may mean there’s hope for Napa's Quintessa, which has yet to make a memorable wine. Dave Phinney, who created those two brands, knows how to make fun, pleasurable wines.
Wine Spectator senior editor James Laube reports that TCA taint is still with us, heading into 2010, and cork producers’ claims that the problem has been solved and TCA taint is gone are highly debatable.
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