Posted: March 31, 2015
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.
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.
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.
Posted: February 23, 2015 By James Laube
Posted: February 23, 2015 By Augustus Weed
Posted: February 18, 2015 By Tim Fish
WineSpectator.com 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.
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.
Posted: February 11, 2015 By James Laube
WineSpectator.com members: Read James Laube's scores and tasting notes for 7 vintages of Brewer-Clifton Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noirs.
Posted: February 9, 2015 By Augustus Weed
Posted: February 6, 2015 By James Laube
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.
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.
Posted: February 2, 2015 By Mitch Frank
Posted: February 2, 2015 By Augustus Weed
Posted: January 29, 2015 By Tim Fish
Posted: January 29, 2015 By James Laube
WineSpectator.com members: Read James Laube's scores and tasting notes for 19 vintages of Groth Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Reserve.
Posted: January 28, 2015 By Tim Fish
When Jake and Scot Bilbro took over Limerick Lane winery and vineyard in 2011, it seemed an ideal match. The estate has a rich history of producing outstanding Zinfandel, and the brothers Bilbro grew up in the Sonoma County wine business with their dad, Chris Bilbro, at Marietta Cellars.
Posted: January 26, 2015 By Augustus Weed
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