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James Laube

February 2010

Fraud Abroad Brings Quality Control to Mind
After Gallo's Red Bicyclette scandal, considering when and where quality control, or lack thereof, most damages a wine's reputation
Posted: Feb 22, 2010 1:02pm ET

Wine Spectator senior editor James Laube looks at the recent Gallo Red Bicyclette scandal and ponders the state of quality control, and pricing for various levels of quality, in the wine industry.

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No Stop to High-Priced Napa Wines
Some Great New Wines Seeking That Tiny Niche
Posted: Feb 18, 2010 1:16pm ET

Sales of expensive wines have stalled in many quarters. But that hasn’t swayed many vintners from sticking to their game plans. Rosemary Cakebread's new Cabernet, the 2007 Gallica, is $125, but it's also sensational.

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Lake County May Get Its Break
Napa's neighbor to the north is poised to make affordable wines
Posted: Feb 16, 2010 3:17pm ET

Lake County lives in the shadow of Napa Valley. But Wine Spectator senior editor James Laube says this appellation north of Napa is poised to make an impact with higher quality and more affordable wines.

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Stéphane Derenoncourt's Impressive New Wines
French consulting winemaker finds creative outlet in Napa
Posted: Feb 11, 2010 12:00am ET

Wine Spectator senior editor talks to world-renowned wine consultant about his new project in California's Napa Valley, and tastes his debut lineup from the 2006 vintage.

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The Year in Reviews
How our 2009 wine ratings compare by price, score and region
Posted: Feb 3, 2010 12:21pm ET
Wine Spectator senior editor James Laube looks at how Wine Spectator's 2009 ratings compare by region, rating and price.
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California Needs Better Wine Values
Losing ground to imports should send an important message
Posted: Feb 2, 2010 1:40pm ET

Wine Spectator senior editor James Laube says that California is losing ground to imports in the value-wine market, and the Golden State's vintners are missing an opportunity.

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