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Is Being Sustainable Worth It for Wineries?

New research finds wineries think sustainability pays, even if it's unclear that consumers value it

Posted: September 16, 2014  By Liz Thach

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

10 Flashy California Merlots

New reviews from the 2012 and 2011 vintages in Napa Valley and beyond

Posted: September 15, 2014  By Tim Fish

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

10 Impressive California Pinot Noirs

New reviews from the 2012 vintage in the Russian River Valley

Posted: September 8, 2014  By Augustus Weed

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

Still Picking Up the Pieces in Napa

The extent of the earthquake's damage is still unknown

Posted: September 5, 2014  By James Laube

Wine Spectator senior editor James Laube says that the extent of Napa's earthquake damage is still unknown.

News & Features  :  News

Walala Vineyard in Sonoma Coast Sold

Partners acquire 17 acres of Pinot Noir and plan future vineyard purchases

Posted: September 3, 2014  By Aaron Romano

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

Aftermath of the Napa Quake

Napans are still picking up the pieces after last month's earthquake, and harvest 2014 is in full swing

Posted: September 3, 2014  By James Laube

Wine Spectator senior editor James Laube says Napa is still picking up the pieces after last month's earthquake, but harvest is also in full swing.

Blogs  :  Exploring Wine with Tim Fish

Taking a Bite—and a Sip—Out of Sonoma

Annual Taste of Sonoma was a moveable feast of food and wine

Posted: September 3, 2014  By Tim Fish

Wine Spectator senior editor Tim Fish attends the Taste of Sonoma wine and food festival.

Collecting  :  Collecting News

Sonoma Harvest Wine Auction Raises Record $4 Million

The annual Sonoma Wine Country Weekend supports local charities with three days of wine, food and fun

Posted: September 2, 2014  By Tim Fish

News & Features  :  News

Napa's Wine Community Unbowed After Massive Earthquake

Valley residents and vintners assess the damage and clean up as grape harvest looms

Posted: August 26, 2014  By Tim Fish

Blogs  :  Mixed Case: Opinion and Advice

The Day the Earth Didn’t Stand Still

Napa's 6.1-magnitude earthquake rattles nerves and buildings, but the wine industry is rallying

Posted: August 25, 2014  By MaryAnn Worobiec

I'm from Cleveland, so when I moved to California in 1996, a lot of my friends warned me about "The Big One." I assured them that I'd rather go years of maybe having an earthquake to knowing that I'd have to endure year after year of dreadful winters.

On Sunday morning, The Pretty Big One hit. It woke us up at 3:20 a.m. I live about 15 miles from the epicenter. It's an uneasy feeling, the ground rumbling underneath you, hearing things fall and break in your house, long seconds of wondering when it will be over. Thankfully, I'm fine, along with everyone I know.

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

10 Hearty California Reds

New reviews of bold Petite Sirahs and Syrahs from across the Golden State

Posted: August 25, 2014  By Augustus Weed

News & Features  :  News

Earthquake Strikes Napa Valley

Dozens injured, buildings damaged and wineries trying to assess impact, check on staff and clean up

Posted: August 24, 2014  By Tim Fish

News & Features  :  News

Bordeaux Legend Baroness Philippine de Rothschild Dies at 80

Former actress led Château Mouton-Rothschild and successful wine company through historic times

Posted: August 23, 2014  By James Molesworth

News & Features  :  News

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

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