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March 31, 2015 Issue  :  Alphabetical Listing

California Rhône Alphabetical Listing

Posted: March 31, 2015  

March 31, 2015 Issue  :  Tasting Reports

California Rhônes Come On Strong

Posted: March 31, 2015  By Tim Fish, MaryAnn Worobiec

Blogs  :  Exploring Wine with Tim Fish

Are the 2012 Zins Rock Stars?

A snapshot of the vintage as the annual report approaches

Posted: March 4, 2015  By Tim Fish

My expectations for the 2012 California Zinfandels were high from the beginning. Winemakers were giddy, even beyond the typical "best vintage ever" BS you hear after harvest every year. The question is how have those early reactions played out? Therein lies my story.

Blogs  :  Mixed Case: Opinion and Advice

Taking No Prisoners

Winemaker Jen Beloz faces the challenges (and criticisms) of taking over a beloved brand

Posted: March 3, 2015  By MaryAnn Worobiec

I recently met winemaker Jen Beloz of The Prisoner Wine Company. You've probably heard of the wine, a widely distributed California Zinfandel–based blend with a Francisco Goya etching on the label. It has a huge following.

Thoughtful and energetic, Beloz originally planned to be a marine biologist, but was thrown off course when she first walked into a winery. "The smell of the barrel room got into my soul," she explained. I can relate.

News & Features  :  News

St. Francis Winery Founder Joe Martin Dies at 80

The businessman became a Sonoma grapegrower and helped put Merlot on the California map

Posted: March 2, 2015  By Augustus Weed

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

10 Dynamic Dry Creek Zinfandels

New Reviews of 2012 reds from Sonoma County

Posted: March 2, 2015  By Tim Fish

Blogs  :  Harvey Steiman At Large

Pleasant Surprises from the Cellar

Two California wines still good long past their drink-by dates

Posted: February 27, 2015  By Harvey Steiman

I often rummage through the cellar for an older wine to open for dinner. With too many wines I expected to drink up sooner, I'll grab the last bottle remaining of something now forgotten that looked interesting when I acquired it. Two California wines with more age on them than originally anticipated turned out to be pleasant surprises at dinner this week, and with two instructive results.

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

Tilting at Balance

The In Pursuit of Balance tasting revealed some fine wines, but is the group too focused on an imaginary foe?

Posted: February 24, 2015  By James Molesworth

Last night I attended the In Pursuit Of Balance (IPOB) tasting held in New York. The consumer portion ($125), a 3-hour walkaround tasting, featured more than 30 wineries pouring Chardonnay or Pinot Noir.

Blogs  :  Mixed Case: Opinion and Advice

Early-Morning Purple Grins

Tasting at Premiere Napa Valley include Petite Sirah for Breakfast

Posted: February 24, 2015  By MaryAnn Worobiec

It's 9:30 a.m. on a Saturday morning. I'm standing in a huge room with a couple hundred other wine lovers and just as many barrel samples. My mouth is dry, my cheeks feeling the tug of tannins. My right index finger is stained purple—a side effect of people pouring wine into my glass as I'm still extending it.

Welcome to Premiere Napa Valley.

Collecting  :  Collecting News

Premiere Napa Valley Sale Brings in a Record $6 Million

Napa Valley Vintners' barrel tasting and auction sees strong demand for 2013 Cabernets

Posted: February 23, 2015  By James Laube

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

8 Hot Napa Cabernet Sauvignons

New reviews of 2012 California Cabernets that won’t break the bank

Posted: February 23, 2015  By Augustus Weed

Blogs  :  Exploring Wine with Tim Fish

50 Years in Wine and a Cellar to Prove It

Winemaker Richard Arrowood stages a remarkable retrospective of his wines through the years

Posted: February 18, 2015  By Tim Fish members: Read senior editor Tim Fish's scores and tasting notes for a vertical of Richard Arrowood's Sonoma Cabernets from Chateau St. Jean and Arrowood going back to 1975.

Blogs  :  Exploring Wine with Tim Fish

Sonoma’s Dining Shifts into High Gear

New restaurants in Healdsburg and Sonoma Valley are resetting the bar

Posted: February 11, 2015  By Tim Fish

The Sonoma County dining scene isn't like any place else. Chefs were doing farm to table back in the 1980s, long before it was de rigueur, and somehow over the years they've managed to keep it real. The chefs here hangout with farmers and the winemakers are connected to the land and the kitchen. Here are four new restaurants Sonoma diners are excited about.

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

A Vertical Tasting of Brewer-Clifton Pinot Noirs

Seven vintages reveal how using stems and avoiding new oak create a distinctive style

Posted: February 11, 2015  By James Laube members: Read James Laube's scores and tasting notes for 7 vintages of Brewer-Clifton Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noirs.

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

10 Alluring California Pinot Noirs

New reviews of 2012 Pinots from California’s top growing regions

Posted: February 9, 2015  By Augustus Weed

News & Features  :  News

Brewer-Clifton Founders Sell Majority Share in Santa Barbara Winery

Investors buy 70 percent share; Greg Brewer says Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir and Chardonnay star won’t change

Posted: February 6, 2015  By James Laube

Blogs  :  Mixed Case: Opinion and Advice

Are Small Wineries Doomed?

What the sale of Siduri says about the state of California wine

Posted: February 5, 2015  By Mitch Frank

Last week, Adam and Dianna Lee signed a deal selling Siduri, which produces 20,000 cases of California Pinot Noir a year, and Novy, a 5,000-case brand, to Jackson Family Wines—which owns more than two dozen wineries. Neither side will talk price, but based on other recent deals, we're talking tens of millions of dollars.

Some days, it feels like there are no small wineries left in California. Of course that's not true, but I'm often editing news of a larger wine company swallowing a smaller one.

Blogs  :  Exploring Wine with Tim Fish

Praying for Rain in California

With a storm in the forecast, can wine country catch up from the driest January on record?

Posted: February 4, 2015  By Tim Fish

Wait a minute. What's that clear, soggy stuff falling from the sky?

Winemakers and grapegrowers might ask that question on Thursday when the first major rainstorm since Christmas is expected to hit Northern California.

News & Features  :  News

Basketball's Tim Duncan Suing Terroir Founder Charles Banks

NBA star alleges he was misled on winery fund and other investments; Banks denies all claims

Posted: February 2, 2015  By Mitch Frank

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

10 Impressive California Chardonnays

New reviews from Sonoma’s outstanding 2012 vintage

Posted: February 2, 2015  By Augustus Weed

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