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June 15, 2006 Issue  :  Features

Paso Robles

An established region seeks a new identitybuilt on Rhône varieties

Posted: June 15, 2006  By Daniel Sogg

June 15, 2006 Issue  :  People

Edna Valley and Arroyo Grande

Amid the Talley family's thousand acres of vegetables grow some of California's best Chardonnay and Pinot Noir

Posted: June 15, 2006  By Tim Fish

June 15, 2006 Issue  :  Features

Santa Barbara

Pinot Noir comes on strong in Santa Rita Hills and Santa Maria Valley

Posted: June 15, 2006  By James Laube

June 15, 2006 Issue  :  Features

California's New Frontier

The Central Coast breaks the winemaking mold while offering big vistas and small-town charms

Posted: June 15, 2006  By James Laube

News & Features  :  News

Owner of Napa's Hundred Acre Winery Facing Criminal Charge

Legal entanglements multiplying for embattled Cabernet producer

Posted: June 12, 2006  By Daniel Sogg

Blogs  :  Harvey Steiman At Large

Coming Soon—The Keller Burger?

Posted: June 8, 2006  By Harvey Steiman

When super chef Thomas Keller announced he was opening a casual family restaurant in July down the street from his much-venerated French Laundry in Napa Valley, he said it was only temporary, until he unveiled a more permanent restaurant next year.

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

Tasting Highlights: Mark Aubert

After successful stints at two superstar estates, a talented winemaker sets out on his own

Posted: June 7, 2006  By James Laube

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

A Hot New Mailing List

Posted: June 6, 2006  By James Laube

Here are an e-mail address and a fax number that Cabernet lovers should jot down: and (707) 963-1282. That's the way to get on the mailing list for the new Bob Levy-Martha McClellan Levy Cabernet Sauvignon.

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

Survivor, Napa-Style

Posted: June 5, 2006  By James Laube

Auction Napa Valley is less about wine these days than raising money for Napa area health services and other good causes. At that, it is a resounding success. The top bid -- $1.05 million for a luxury tour of France’s great wine estates – helped vintners raise $8.

News & Features  :  News

"Bring Your Own Magnum" Party Photo Gallery

Wine Spectator kicks off Auction Napa Valley with two festive nights

Posted: June 2, 2006  

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

Pope Valley? I'm Ready

Posted: June 1, 2006  By James Laube

Ready for a Pope Valley appellation? I am. It’s long overdue. This remote valley in the northeast area of Napa County deserves its own identity, yet legally it’s part of Napa Valley, which has some huge benefits for Napa vintners.

May 31, 2006 Issue  :  Columns

Flight of the Eagle

Posted: May 31, 2006  By James Laube

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

Tasting Highlights: Kosta Browne

Dan Kosta and Michael Browne raise the bar for Pinot Noir in California

Posted: May 30, 2006  By James Laube

Blogs  :  Harvey Steiman At Large

Family Dinner From Thomas Keller

Posted: May 25, 2006  By Harvey Steiman

Thomas Keller's newest restaurant, scheduled to open in July, is going to feature home cooking. At least for now. Keller expects to revamp the whole thing next spring. In March, when the chef-owner of America's most-lauded restaurant bought another space a few blocks away from his original, no one could quite figure out what he was going to do with it.

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

And The Winner of the Paris Tasting 2006 Is...

Posted: May 24, 2006  By James Laube

Ridge Monte Bello 1971. It won first place at both the Napa and London tastings staged today. In second place was Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars 1973, which was the big winner the first time the comparative tasting of Cabernet-based wines from Bordeaux and California was held in Paris in 1976.

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

Paris, Three More Times

Posted: May 22, 2006  By James Laube

This week, the Paris Tasting (aka the Judgment of Paris), returns for a yet another curtain call. But that seminal event 30 years ago is not just being re-created, but turned into a three-ring circus with venues in Napa (at Copia), London and Sacramento.

News & Features  :  News

Never Mind Its Court Loss, Bronco Launches a New California Brand

Fred Franzia creates Harlow Ridge label for wines that went into Napa Ridge

Posted: May 19, 2006  

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

2005 California Cabernet Barrel Tasting

A preview of the vintage finds elegant and balanced wines, but there are some weak links

Posted: May 19, 2006  By James Laube

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

A High-Stakes Vintage

Posted: May 16, 2006  By James Laube

Snowden Vineyards has a lot riding on the 2005 vintage. After a run of excellent vintages from 1993 to 2001, including solid efforts in the challenging years of 1998 and 2000, this Napa Valley Cabernet specialist hit a huge pothole – two in fact.

May 15, 2006 Issue  :  Great Grapes

Great Grapes: Seduction in a Glass

With seductive flavors and silky textures, Pinot Noir captures wine lovers' hearts

Posted: May 15, 2006  By Bruce Sanderson

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