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Congrats on the New Appellation; Don't Plant Any Vines!

Malibu Coast vintners are fighting a measure to ban new vineyard plantings

Posted: August 22, 2014  By MaryAnn Worobiec

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

Napa Cabernet by the (Case) Numbers

The 2012 vintage affirms that Cabernet is king in California

Posted: August 20, 2014  By James Laube

In the past few weeks, much of my attention has been directed toward reviewing Napa Valley Cabernets from the 2011 vintage. 2011 was tough across the board in California. But interspersed with the Napa 2011s were a sprinkling of 2012s and the hint of better days ahead. Not only were many of the 2012s richer and riper, better made and better balanced, I came across some rather staggering figures, evidence of Cabernet's importance to Napa wineries' bottom lines and California's image as a whole.

Blogs  :  Exploring Wine with Tim Fish

A Breather in California’s High-Speed Harvest

Cooler temperatures in most of the state are allowing flavors to mature

Posted: August 20, 2014  By Tim Fish

Wine Spectator senior editor Tim Fish gets an update on California's 2014 harvest, now well under way.

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

10 California Sparkling Wines

New reviews of non-vintage bubblies from the Golden State, each under $40

Posted: August 18, 2014  By Tim Fish

News & Features  :  News

Sonoma County Sues Winemaker Paul Hobbs

Officials contend three vineyard developments violated environmental laws; winemaker says allegations are misleading

Posted: August 15, 2014  By Tim Fish

Blogs  :  Exploring Wine with Tim Fish

Bargains Abound with 2012 California Merlots

After tough vintages in 2010 and 2011, value lovers can rejoice

Posted: August 13, 2014  By Tim Fish

The 2011 and 2010 California Merlots, for the most part, are hard and herbal, plus they lacked depth and Merlot's telltale appealing texture. Nature just didn't play fair those years.

However, I'm beginning to taste 2012s as I prepare the annual Merlot report, and there's good news. The 2012s are downright fun to drink, and what they lack in depth, they balance with luscious fruit and silky body. That makes it a great year for value hounds.

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

10 Exciting California Cabernets

New reviews of Cabernet Sauvignon from Sonoma, Paso Robles and beyond

Posted: August 11, 2014  By Augustus Weed

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

Golden State Oldies

Napa's Cabernets of yesteryear are experiencing a revival

Posted: August 7, 2014  By James Laube

There's a spirit of revival in California with older wines, with some vintners, many of them young, taking a keen interest in wines of yesteryear.

It's a healthy sign. "What's past is prologue" has merit in just about every aspect of life. Much of this new attention in California is directed toward Napa Valley Cabernets from the 1970s, and to a lesser extent the 1960s, because of the wines' reputations for longevity.

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

A Rumble in the Vineyards

Napa experienced a minor 3.2-magnitude earthquake this morning

Posted: August 5, 2014  By James Laube

Wine Spectator senior editor James Laube awoke to a 3.2-magnitude earthquake in Napa this morning.

Blogs  :  Mixed Case: Opinion and Advice

Napa Cabernet, Every Which Way

A visit to Hall shows just how brightly Cabernet can shimmer with site-specific nuance across Napa's varied terroirs

Posted: August 5, 2014  By Ben O'Donnell

Last month, I tasted five 2010 Cabernets at Hall winery, each from a different Napa appellation: St. Helena (Bergfeld, single-vineyard), Stags Leap District (single-vineyard), Diamond Mountain (two growers), Howell Mountain (two growers) and the Exzellenz Sacrashe Vineyard Rutherford. Some of these cuvées are new, but Hall now counts Cabernets from six different subappellations of Napa (all 95 to 100 percent Cabernet Sauvignon) and one from Sonoma. Together, they form a map of the valley as traced along the Cabernet in its veins.

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

11 Refreshing California Sauvignon Blancs

New reviews of juicy whites for summer sipping

Posted: August 4, 2014  By MaryAnn Worobiec

Collecting  :  Collecting News

Online Wine Auctioneer Arrested on Embezzlement Charges

WineGavel founder faces 12 counts of theft concerning more than $500,000 in wine

Posted: July 31, 2014  By Robert Taylor

July 31, 2014 Issue  :  Tasting Reports

Winery to Watch: Pont Neuf

Posted: July 31, 2014  By Augustus Weed

July 31, 2014 Issue  :  Features

Patience and Low Yields Key to Quality at Kongsgaard

Posted: July 31, 2014  By James Laube

July 31, 2014 Issue  :  Features

Napa's Fortunate Son

How John Kongsgaard forged his own path to world-class Chardonnay

Posted: July 31, 2014  By James Laube

July 31, 2014 Issue  :  Tasting Reports

California Chardonnay's Big Easy

In a growing season lauded for a lack of drama, 2012 rolls out a large crop of vibrant, fruit-filled wines

Posted: July 31, 2014  By James Laube

July 31, 2014 Issue  :  Alphabetical Listing

California Chardonnay Alphabetical Listing

Posted: July 31, 2014  

News & Features  :  News

Sam Sebastiani Returns to His Wine Roots

After retiring from Viansa a decade ago, the Sonoma vintner launches a label paying tribute to his heritage

Posted: July 29, 2014  By Aaron Romano

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

9 Winning Napa Merlots

New reviews of reds from the 2011 and 2012 vintages

Posted: July 28, 2014  By Tim Fish

News & Features  :  News

Napa’s Quixote Winery Sold to Chinese-Owned Firm For Approximately $29 Million

Sale of Stags Leap property the latest in a series of recent Asian acquisitions

Posted: July 22, 2014  By James Laube

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