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Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

Tastings and Test Drives

Posted: April 24, 2006  By James Laube

Two items have risen to the top of today’s to-do list. No. 1 is work-related -- wrapping up our annual Chardonnay report. It is by far the easier of the two assignments. Each year, I taste roughly 400 new Chardonnays.

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

Bush Tours Napa Valley

Posted: April 21, 2006  By James Laube

President Bush is arriving in Napa Valley today, and this appears to be the first visit to the area by a sitting president. (Our research didn’t turn up any other solid leads.) The president is scheduled for a sleepover at Meadowood, the resort near St.

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

Cutworms and Botrytis

Posted: April 20, 2006  By James Laube

“It’s gonna be a great year for cutworms and botrytis,” my friend C.J., a Rutherford-based vineyard manager said, tongue in cheek. And that was last week, before it rained again over the weekend.

News & Features  :  News

Fetzer Shuts Mendocino Visitor Center

The Valley Oaks facility, which hosted many of the county's wine events, is up for sale

Posted: April 20, 2006  By Tim Fish

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

The Star At Blankiet

Posted: April 18, 2006  By James Laube

I paid my first visit to Blankiet Estate last week, on one of the rare days this spring when the sun was shining brightly in Northern California. This is the ambitious new vineyard and winery owned by Claude and Katherine Blankiet, with the viticulture and winemaking being overseen by Helen Turley and John Wetlaufer.

News & Features  :  News

Francis Ford Coppola Unveils Plans for His New Sonoma Winery

The director hosts a birthday bash at the future tourist destination in Alexander Valley

Posted: April 7, 2006  By James Laube

Video  :  Video Index

Comparing Pinot Noirs: Burgundy v. California

Wine lovers love Pinot Noir because the wine transmits a sense of place; it can tell you where the grapes were grown. So how do wines from Burgundy and California compare? The answer is provided by Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator senior editor.

Posted: April 4, 2006  

News & Features  :  News

Breaking Up Is Hard to Do

Paso Robles vintners explore dividing their AVA into multiple subappellations

Posted: April 3, 2006  By Daniel Sogg

March 31, 2006 Issue  :  News

Napa Name Case Comes to an End

Posted: March 31, 2006  By Daniel Sogg

March 31, 2006 Issue  :  News

Napa and Sonoma Recover From Winter Floods

Posted: March 31, 2006  

March 31, 2006 Issue  :  Tasting Reports

Another Stellar Year for Syrah

In 2003, Napa and Sonoma excel with Rhône Valley transplants

Posted: March 31, 2006  By James Laube

March 31, 2006 Issue  :  Tasting Reports

The Rhône Range

Exciting new Syrahs from an array of regions

Posted: March 31, 2006  

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

Tasting Highlights: Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

These flashy wines are only getting better

Posted: March 22, 2006  By James Laube

News & Features  :  News

Screaming Eagle Sold

Exclusive: Owner Jean Phillips discloses news in a letter to Wine Spectator; new owners discuss plans

Posted: March 21, 2006  By James Laube, Daniel Sogg

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

Santa Barbara Preview: 2004 and 2005 Futures

Pinot Noir is the hot ticket again when it comes to buying the region's wines

Posted: March 10, 2006  By James Laube

News & Features  :  Columns

Zinfandel Deserves Recognition

California should declare it the state grape, for its history and symbolism

Posted: February 24, 2006  By James Laube

News & Features  :  Columns

ZAP Wrap-up

Spirits are high at San Francisco's annual Zinfandel extravaganza

Posted: February 3, 2006  By Daniel Sogg

Dec. 31,2005 - Jan. 15,2005 Issue  :  Collecting

Barrels of Fun

Auction Napa Valley raises additional $101,000

Posted: December 31, 2005  By Kristiana Kahakauwila

Dec. 31,2005 - Jan. 15,2005 Issue  :  News

Despite Damage, Warehouse Fire Spared Some Bottles

Posted: December 31, 2005  By Tim Fish

Dec. 31,2005 - Jan. 15,2005 Issue  :  News

Coppola to Buy Chateau Souverain Site

Film director will add a line of Sonoma wines and restructure his Napa estate

Posted: December 31, 2005  By Tim Fish

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