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Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

A Night On The Town

Posted: August 17, 2006  By James Laube

When good friends come to town, there’s usually lots of wine and, as goes wine, always surprises. Earlier this week, on a school night, I hooked up with two old friends -- Andy Katz and Greg Gorman -- both of whom are extraordinary photographers and wine lovers.

News & Features  :  News

Chilean Winemaker Aurelio Montes to Start Napa Label

Two Cabernet-based blends will debut in 2006

Posted: August 17, 2006  By James Molesworth

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

In Search Of Some Pinot Noirs

Posted: August 15, 2006  By James Laube

I need help. I’m working on a story about California Pinot Noir, and I’m looking for a few wines that are no longer for sale to fill in a few gaps in my research. The wineries are Kistler, Littorai and Rochioli, for the Reserve Pinots, and the vintages are 2001 to 2003 or 2004.

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

As the Wine World Turns

Posted: August 14, 2006  By James Laube

When winemakers ask me what’s new I often reply, well, lots. New brands are popping up like mushrooms on an over-watered lawn. Then I cite this figure (which we checked in our database): In the past year--August 2005 to August 2006--we recorded 261 new brands just in California.

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

Are Prices Set For A Correction?

Posted: August 8, 2006  By James Laube

Is this the beginning of the end? Or just a market correction blip? One of my major concerns about the 2003 vintage of California Cabernet has been pricing. I’ve tasted more than 250 of the wines now, and I think many of them would be a lot more appealing at discounted prices.

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

A Fishy Wine Angle

Posted: August 7, 2006  By James Laube

Sometimes stories cross my desk that don't fall into my typical coverage, but are just too interesting to pass up. Take this one, for instance. What does it take to make a fine California wine? Grapes, water, sunshine, the skilled hand of a master vintner – and, now for the punch line – a few thousand dead fish.

News & Features  :  News

The Wine Group Buys Bonny Doon's Big Brands

Bonny Doon founder Randall Grahm wants to focus on estate-grown wines

Posted: August 7, 2006  By Daniel Sogg

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

Finding Double Pleasure out of Napa

Posted: August 2, 2006  By James Laube

Without a doubt, one of the greatest pleasures of being a wine critic is being able to direct readers to great wines that are also great values. One of our recent office favorites is a tiny wine company called Olabisi (Nigerian for “joy multiplied”), which is based in Napa Valley.

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

Rise of the Machines

Posted: August 1, 2006  By James Laube

When I read stories like Tim Fish’s on the possibility of labor shortages in U.S. vineyards , I wonder how long it will be before mechanical harvesting is the norm here in California. Many people thought machines would be doing much of this work by now.

July 31, 2006 Issue  :  Tasting Reports

04 Chardonnay Richness from California

A smaller crop includes plenty of stars, as Sonoma struts its stuff

Posted: July 31, 2006  By James Laube

News & Features  :  News

Where Have All the Workers Gone?

Wine prices could jump if field hands opt to stay home in Mexico

Posted: July 31, 2006  By Tim Fish

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

Changing With The Times

Posted: July 25, 2006  By James Laube

Maybe it’s a coincidence. Maybe not. In the past few months, I’ve heard several winery owners talk about rebalancing their businesses. They emphasize, above all, rededicating their efforts on wine quality.

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

Blazing Saddles

Posted: July 24, 2006  By James Laube

Ok, so a heat wave or two does not necessarily constitute global warning (or whatever you want to call it). Still, after eight days (or nine, or 10, or whatever) of scorching heat in California and much of the country, with no let-up in sight, it was easy to buy into the argument that indeed planet Earth is getting hotter.

News & Features  :  Features

Worth a Visit: L'Auberge Carmel

Chef Walter Manzke's cuisine and a growing wine list turn this boutique hotel and restaurant into a destination

Posted: July 24, 2006  By Harvey Steiman

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

Free Market Pricing

Posted: July 21, 2006  By James Laube

With its new $500-a-bottle cost, Screaming Eagle Cabernet becomes the undisputed price leader in California. The move to raise the price for Screaming Eagle from $300 to $500 has, of course, infuriated many long-time mailing list customers.

News & Features  :  News

Robert Mondavi Winery Celebrates 40th Anniversary

Hundreds gather in Napa to reflect on pioneering vintner's achievements

Posted: July 19, 2006  

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

Just Say Yes to "No" and "Two Wives"

Posted: July 18, 2006  By James Laube

Ran into Chris Steltzner at the gym on Monday morning, and she described one weapon for the searing heat of the past few days in California, no matter, it seemed, where you were. The owner of Steltzner Vineyards in the Stags Leap District of Napa Valley told me about sitting out at her pool on Sunday evening, with a tumbler of ice filled with maybe a half bottle of Steltzner Sauvignon Blanc.

Collecting  :  Collecting News

Sonoma Showcase Refocuses Its Auction

Amid a festive weekend of tastings, live sale of barrel lots raises $150,000 for local charities

Posted: July 18, 2006  By Daniel Sogg

News & Features  :  Tasting Reports

Cabs of Conversion

A California cult "Super Bowl" proves the glory of top Napa reds

Posted: July 12, 2006  By James Suckling

Jun 30, 2006 Issue  :  News

Colorado Friends Team Up in Australia

Posted: June 30, 2006  By H. Lee Murphy

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