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News & Features  :  Drinking Out Loud

Timing Is Everything

As we enter a new decade, which wines are in tune with the economy and culture, which are missing the moment, and which are about to falter?

Posted: January 5, 2010  By Matt Kramer

News & Features  :  Drinking Out Loud

All Right, It’s Elitist. So What?

Is deliberately serving wine in inadequate glassware any less pretentious than demanding the right stem?

Posted: December 15, 2009  By Matt Kramer

News & Features  :  Drinking Out Loud

Weighing Greatness Against Originality

A visit in Sicily with a member of winemaking’s “Crazy Club” raises profound questions

Posted: December 1, 2009  By Matt Kramer

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The Adventures of Vin Magnum, Episode 4

Our private eye meets a mysterious blonde with a big jeroboam

Posted: August 26, 2009  By Tim Fish

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The Further Adventures of Vin Magnum

Episode 3, in which our private eye uncovers the truth about Chardonnay

Posted: May 27, 2009  By Tim Fish

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The New Adventures of Vin Magnum

Episode 2, in which our private eye is trapped in a blind tasting gone bad

Posted: February 18, 2009  By Tim Fish

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California's Zinfandel Trifecta?

The 2007 vintage is looking even better than the previous two, based on samples poured at the annual ZAP tasting

Posted: February 6, 2009  By Tim Fish

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The Adventures of Vin Magnum, Wine Detective

Episode 1, in which our private eye faces down a vengeful sommelier

Posted: December 16, 2008  By Tim Fish

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Dan Aykroyd's New Gig

The comedian and musician is now making wine in California

Posted: November 13, 2008  By Tim Fish

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ZAP Tasting Reveals a Strong 2006 Vintage

The annual tasting always feels more like a party, but with the high quality of the 2006 Zins there was reason to celebrate

Posted: January 28, 2008  By Tim Fish

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A Blind Tasting of Zinfandel

The 2005 vintage shows overall success in a wide range of styles, but opinions on the wines are far from unanimous

Posted: January 15, 2008  By Tim Fish

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Merlot: It's Not Going Away

Two new vintages in California deliver good quality at a fair price

Posted: October 25, 2007  By Tim Fish

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Looking Beyond Sauvignon Blanc in New Zealand

Craggy Range, the country's best all-around producer, is broadening the field with Riesling, Syrah and Merlot-based blends

Posted: July 25, 2007  By Daniel Sogg

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Pre-Arrival Wine Purchases Are Only for Patient People

Some wines are worth the wait, but if you can't live without the money or the wine, you're better off drinking something else

Posted: June 5, 2007  By Eric Arnold

News & Features  :  Columns

Reflections on Sonoma

Tracing the changes that 18 years have brought

Posted: May 17, 2007  By Tim Fish

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A Quarter-Century of Spottswoode

On the winery's anniversary, a vertical tasting shows why California Cabernet is worth cellaring

Posted: February 22, 2007  By Tim Fish

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Learning to Love Zin All Over Again

It's all about appreciating how unpredictable Zinfandel can be from vintage to vintage and bottle to bottle

Posted: January 30, 2007  By Tim Fish

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Domaine Leroy: Patience Rewarded, Future Promise

A tasting of the great domaine's Pinot Noirs demonstrates the pleasures of mature Burgundy

Posted: December 11, 2006  By Bruce Sanderson

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Israel's Winemaking Frontier

A tasting with vintners from the Judean Hills shows the country's promise and growth

Posted: December 5, 2006  By Kim Marcus

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A Progressive State With Backward Wine Laws

In Massachusetts, gay couples can marry, but they can't buy wine in grocery stores

Posted: November 30, 2006  By Eric Arnold

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