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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

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

Tasting Highlights: Loring and A.P. Vin

Both labels made excellent Pinots in 2004

Posted: December 20, 2005  By James Laube

Dec. 15, 2005 Issue  :  Wine Talk

Providence, Ortolan

Two talented chefs are off on their own

Posted: December 15, 2005  By Harvey Steiman

Dec. 15, 2005 Issue  :  Collecting

The Rewards and Risks Of Cellaring Zinfandel

Posted: December 15, 2005  

Dec. 15, 2005 Issue  :  Tasting Reports

Zinfandel Roulette

An unpredictable wine delivers a multitude of styles and mixed results

Posted: December 15, 2005  By Daniel Sogg

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