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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  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

Silver Oak's Return to Form

Winemaker Dan Baron and the team at this longtime Napa Cabernet estate have made big changes at the winery, and they show in the 2010 vintage

Posted: March 30, 2015  By James Laube

It's not often that a venerable 40-year-old winery suddenly makes one of its best wines, perhaps in decades. But that may be the case with Silver Oak and its 2010 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

12 Rich California Chardonnays

New reviews from the 2013 vintage in Napa and Carneros

Posted: March 30, 2015  By Augustus Weed

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

Beringer Vineyards Brings Back a Beringer

Mark Beringer has been named the new head winemaker at the Napa icon

Posted: March 26, 2015  By James Laube

Anytime Beringer Vineyards puts a new winemaker in charge, it's news, because it doesn't happen very often. Laurie Hook is stepping back as chief winemaker at Beringer, where she has been a guiding force for more than two decades, and chief winemaker since 2000. She will remain with the winery as winemaker emeritus.

Her successor, Mark Beringer, is coming home.

News & Features  :  News

Gallo Buys Sonoma’s J Vineyards

Wine giant adds producers of sparkling wine, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay to its portfolio

Posted: March 24, 2015  By Tim Fish

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

8 Rich Sonoma Reds

New reviews of Syrah, Grenache and Mourvèdre from the warm 2012 vintage

Posted: March 23, 2015  By Augustus Weed

News & Features  :  News

Lawsuit Claims California Wines Contain Dangerous Arsenic Levels

Wineries deny allegations, insist their products are safe and plaintiffs' research is flawed

Posted: March 19, 2015  By Ben O'Donnell

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

A Chardonnay Convert

Longtime Zinfandel advocate Pete Seghesio charts a new wine path

Posted: March 19, 2015  By James Laube

There was a time not so long ago when Pete Seghesio bled Zinfandel. His family owned Seghesio Family Vineyards, one of California' top Zinfandel wineries, and he stood not only as the family spokesman but as one of the industry's strongest advocates for that often underappreciated wine.

In an about-face few could foresee, Seghesio, long a Chardonnay antagonist, learned to love California's premier white wine.

News & Features  :  News

Napa Winery Owner Involved in Suspected Murder-Suicide

Bitter business dispute allegedly turned violent in Yountville vineyard

Posted: March 17, 2015  By Tim Fish

Blogs  :  Mixed Case: Opinion and Advice

Falling Down, Getting Up

A big part of winemaking is learning from your failures, as an unusual seminar shows at the In Pursuit of Balance tasting

Posted: March 16, 2015  By Ben O'Donnell

"In this seminar, each winemaker will present a pair of wines that expresses their thinking about the challenges of creating balanced wine. One wine will demonstrate where they think they missed the mark, and one where they think they nailed it." The description caught my attention. At a $125-a-ticket public seminar, admitting that half the wines kinda flopped is gutsy.

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

9 Stirring California Pinot Noirs

New reviews of 2013 Pinots from Santa Lucia Highlands

Posted: March 16, 2015  By Augustus Weed

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

Popularity and Prosperity vs. Quality of Life in Wine Country

Napa Wrestles with growth and land use

Posted: March 11, 2015  By James Laube

Once again, Napa County is being forced (rightfully) to reassess its state of affairs as relates to competing interests for land use: prosperity vs. well-being.

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

10 California Wines for Under $25

New reviews of whites and rosés from across the Golden State

Posted: March 9, 2015  By Augustus Weed

News & Features  :  News

California Sues Gallo for Using Hazardous Waste in Bottle Production

Wine company's bottle manufacturer argues it was safely recycling; both sides agree there is no health risk

Posted: March 5, 2015  By Ben O'Donnell

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.

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