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Tim Fish

February 2012

Lady Gaga Does Sonoma
Flamboyant pop singer surprises fans, but what wine does she drink?
Posted: Feb 29, 2012 11:00am ET

Sonoma is one of the last places I'd expect to see Lady Gaga, that flamboyant goddess of pop music. We're a little light on paparazzi and six-inch stiletto heels around these parts, but last week Gaga and her modest entourage were repeatedly spotted at restaurants around the county, as well as Napa and Marin.

For the unenlightened, Lady Gaga is a 25-year-old singer who is recognized around the world, in part because of catchy dance hits such as "Bad Romance" and "Born This Way," but also because of her edgy live performances, savvy social media skills and willingness to pull outrageous stunts like wearing a dress made entirely of meat to the MTV Video Music Awards.

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Sonoma on the Rebound
Researching a travel story to the region, things are looking up
Posted: Feb 15, 2012 11:00am ET

I’ve been spending a lot of time traveling the back roads of Sonoma County the past few weeks, working on a travel story devoted to visiting the area. Our last major Sonoma travel package was in 2007 and considering the economy during the past five years there are a surprising number of new tasting rooms, restaurants and hotels. Here are a few of the bright spots I've found.

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Valentine's Day Lessons Learned the Hard Way
Have your battle plan prepared as Feb. 14 approaches
Posted: Feb 8, 2012 10:00am ET

Over the years I've made some boneheaded moves on Valentine's Day, and after 25 years of marriage I'm doing pretty well on the learning curve. (Champagne good. Yellow roses bad.) Here are five lessons I've learned over the years.

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2010 Zinfandels a Mixed Bag at ZAP Tasting
Notes on my favorite wines at the annual San Francisco event
Posted: Feb 1, 2012 10:00am ET

Wine Spectator associate editor Tim Fish attended the Zinfandel Advocates & Producers (ZAP) Festival in San Francisco this past weekend. It was an opportunity for him to get a first impression of the difficult 2010 vintage, as well as taste more wines from the outstanding 2009 vintage. Here are his notes from the festival and scores for his top 10 favorite wines.

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