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The Return of Vin Magnum, Wine Detective

Episode 5: Murder is on the menu at a Sonoma dinner party

Posted: March 10, 2010  By Tim Fish

News & Features  :  Drinking Out Loud

Universal Translator

Wine-tasting groups. Proper wineglasses. Wines that deserve discussion. Argentina is starting to develop a culture of fine-wine appreciation

Posted: March 2, 2010  By Matt Kramer

News & Features  :  Drinking Out Loud

¡Hola! from Buenos Aires

Exploring Argentina’s food and wine—though still in search of a good steak house wine list

Posted: February 16, 2010  By Matt Kramer

News & Features  :  Drinking Out Loud

What Makes a Wine “Classic”?

Questioning whether a region with only 25 years of fine-wine history can establish the equivalent of grands crus and premiers crus

Posted: February 2, 2010  By Matt Kramer

News & Features  :  Columns

At Zinfandel Tasting, 2007 Shines but 2008 Is a Mixed Bag

Sharing my notes on favorite wines, and my early vintage impressions, from amid the enthusiastic crowds at ZAP's annual festival

Posted: February 2, 2010  By Tim Fish

News & Features  :  Drinking Out Loud

Killer Wine App

How wineries should be telling (or selling) their stories to customers—instead of relying on their labels

Posted: January 19, 2010  By Matt Kramer

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

News & Features  :  Columns

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

News & Features  :  Columns

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

News & Features  :  Columns

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

News & Features  :  Columns

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

News & Features  :  Columns

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

News & Features  :  Columns

Dan Aykroyd's New Gig

The comedian and musician is now making wine in California

Posted: November 13, 2008  By Tim Fish

News & Features  :  Columns

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

News & Features  :  Columns

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

News & Features  :  Columns

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

News & Features  :  Columns

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

News & Features  :  Columns

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

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