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May 15, 2006 Issue  :  Collecting

Screaming Eagle's Broad Wingspan

A complete vertical tasting shows off many magnificent Cabernets

Posted: May 15, 2006  By James Laube

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A Look At The 2005 Cabernets

Posted: May 14, 2006  By James Laube

This week is my first comprehensive look at the 2005 vintage of California Cabernet Sauvignon, which according to winemakers, should be a dandy. This year, I'll be doing a blind tasting of barrel samples from more than 60 producers, mostly from Napa Valley.

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A Pinot Noir Find

Posted: May 11, 2006  By James Laube

Occasionally you hear complaints about there being too many single-vineyard wines. Lately Pinot Noir has been one of those wines under fire for this supposed excess. I have a hard time comprehending this problem , unless people are grumbling about too many overpriced single-vineyard Pinots, or single-vineyard Pinots that are good but not great.

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Cooking With Marcassin

Posted: May 10, 2006  By James Laube

If you cook much, you know how important it is to use good wine (and it’s crucial not to use bad or spoiled wine). No one would expect you to pour Montrachet into your soup, but I came close a few weeks ago.

Video  :  Video Index

Farming the Arroyo Grande Valley

Join Brian Talley, the general manager of Talley Vineyards, as he recalls how he fell in love with wine and planted grapes in the Arroyo Grande Valley in California's Central Valley.

Posted: May 10, 2006  

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Santa Barbara Meets Burgundy

Compare the regions and wine styles with Jim Clendenen, the "Mind Behind" Au Bon Climat Winery. (He's one of the top Pinot and Chardonnay producers in California's Central Coast -- and that really is his title.)

Posted: May 10, 2006  

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A Marcassin Experience

Posted: May 4, 2006  By James Laube

John Wetlaufer invited me to a tasting of all the Marcassin estate wines in June. That was last June. Then nearly a year passed before we sat down to the wines. In March, out came the corks from 17 bottles, and this could only be described as one incredible tasting.

News & Features  :  News

Bronco Reaches Settlement on Its Napa Brands

Ending a lengthy legal dispute, huge California producer agrees to make three labels only if they contain Napa grapes

Posted: May 1, 2006  By Daniel Sogg

April 30, 2006 Issue  :  News

Wineries Cope With Warehouse Inferno's Aftermath

Posted: April 30, 2006  By Tim Fish

April 30, 2006 Issue  :  News

Fire Damages Silver Oak Winery

Napa producer loses almost $2 million of 2004 Cabernet

Posted: April 30, 2006  By Tim Fish

April 30, 2006 Issue  :  Columns

Lust for the Must

Posted: April 30, 2006  By James Laube

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

A Record Cabernet Price?

Posted: April 28, 2006  By James Laube

How does a wine get priced at $265 a bottle? One way is to pay $26,500 a ton for the grapes. Paul Hobbs stopped by my office in Napa today to taste two of his 2003 Cabernets. He’s going to be on my Expressions of Napa Valley Cabernet panel at this year’s California Wine Experience, and we wanted to taste two wines he was considering pouring.

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Timeless Zinfandel

Posted: April 25, 2006  By James Laube

Mayacamas Vineyards released its 1970 Napa Valley Zinfandel this month for $100 a bottle, and no, that’s not a typo on the vintage date. “Even more amazing,” says owner Bob Travers, “this is not a re-release, for we have never sold this wine before.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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  

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