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Blogs  :  Exploring Wine with Tim Fish

Growing Pains in Sonoma County

The chore of putting in a garden is lessened by thoughts of refreshing spring wines

Posted: April 23, 2014  By Tim Fish

It was such a beautiful day in Sonoma on Sunday that I started thinking about refreshing spring wines as I gardened. I like to take a break in the shade to sip a glass of wine, otherwise gardening seems like such a chore, so I pulled out a few wines to sample whenever my back started complaining. Here are 5 new reds and whites perfect for sipping outdoors this spring.

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

10 Refreshing California Wines to Celebrate Spring

New reviews of crisp whites and rosés from across the Golden State

Posted: April 21, 2014  By Augustus Weed

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

10 Distinctive Carneros Chardonnays

New reviews of cool-climate whites from California’s 2012 vintage

Posted: April 14, 2014  By James Laube

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

10 Lively Napa Valley Chardonnays

New reviews of snappy white wines from California

Posted: April 7, 2014  By James Laube

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

The Economics of Terroir

Hudson Vineyard's eclectic mix of grapes earns well-deserved attention, but California Cabernet isn't going anywhere

Posted: March 31, 2014  By James Laube

Lee Hudson can grow pretty much anything he wants in his highly regarded Carneros vineyard, and he does. Albariño, Arneis, Greco, Ribolla Gialla, Riesling and Vermentino are all getting a chance there. But it's slow and go with those newbies, as they and other grapes are largely untested as marketable wines, at least on the scale many Napa wineries are accustomed to. Hudson expects they'll catch on. But for now, those plantings are more experimental than essential, underscoring the economics of terroir.

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

10 Approachable Sonoma Chardonnays

New reviews from the 2012 vintage in California’s Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast

Posted: March 31, 2014  By Augustus Weed

News & Features  :  News

Is a Wine With Brett a Bad Thing?

New findings show the spoilage yeast can create positive aromas but is hard to control

Posted: March 31, 2014  By Kasey Carpenter

March 31, 2014 Issue  :  Tasting Reports

Four to Watch

Posted: March 31, 2014  By MaryAnn Worobiec, Augustus Weed, Aaron Romano

March 31, 2014 Issue  :  Alphabetical Listing

California Rhône Alphabetical Listing

Posted: March 31, 2014  

March 31, 2014 Issue  :  Savvy Shopper

Bordeaux Values, German Riesling, California Reds

Posted: March 31, 2014  By Bruce Sanderson

March 31, 2014 Issue  :  People

A Mind of His Own

Brian Loring does things his way and makes the wines he loves to drink

Posted: March 31, 2014  By Tim Fish

March 31, 2014 Issue  :  Tasting Reports

Rough Ride for California Rhônes

In 2011, cool weather ruled, yet wines surpass expectations

Posted: March 31, 2014  By James Laube

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

9 Racy Sonoma Zinfandels

New reviews of top red wines from the 2010, 2011 and 2012 vintages

Posted: March 24, 2014  By Tim Fish

Blogs  :  Exploring Wine with Tim Fish

California Wine Doesn’t Need Saving

It’s déjà vu all over again as the wines of the Golden State are once again the whipping boy

Posted: March 19, 2014  By Tim Fish

Here we go again. Every 10 or 20 years, the “Old World Wine Intelligentsia” tries to convince us that California wines are lousy.

Surely we’re not falling for this again, right? We’re bigger people after all these years, more secure about the quality of the wines. There’s no need for California to justify its place in the wine world.

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

10 California Wines under $30

New reviews of appealingly affordable red, white and sparkling wines

Posted: March 17, 2014  By Augustus Weed

Blogs  :  Exploring Wine with Tim Fish

A Zinfandel Star on the Rise

The low profile of Miraflores belies the high quality of its wines

Posted: March 12, 2014  By Tim Fish

Secluded high in the mountains of the Sierra Foothills, Miraflores Winery has gone quietly about the business of making great Zinfandel for a decade now.

Foothills wineries often have trouble getting the attention they deserve in the California wine industry, and none are more deserving of a higher profile than Miraflores. Of the nine Zinfandels I've reviewed, seven received outstanding ratings.

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

10 Enticing California Pinot Noirs

New reviews of Pinots from across the Golden State for less than $40

Posted: March 10, 2014  By Augustus Weed

News & Features  :  News

Concrete Evidence

More California producers are trying concrete fermentors and tanks

Posted: March 6, 2014  By MaryAnn Worobiec

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

11 Appealing Sonoma Chardonnays

New reviews of California whites from the 2011 vintage

Posted: March 3, 2014  By James Laube

Feb. 28, 2014 Issue  :  Features

Sierra Foothills, U.S. Tempranillo, California Chenin Blanc

Posted: February 28, 2014  By MaryAnn Worobiec

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