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News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

10 Tempting California Chardonnays

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

Posted: May 5, 2014  By Augustus Weed

Blogs  :  Exploring Wine with Tim Fish

Good Merlot for Less Than $20?

Winemaker Nick Goldschmidt makes winning values that retain a sense of place

Posted: April 30, 2014  By Tim Fish

Nick Goldschmidt is one of the busiest winemakers I know. He's more under-the-radar than his friends Michel Rolland and Paul Hobbs, but spends five months a year on the road consulting for 26 wineries in seven countries, including Mission Hill in New Zealand, Viña Errázuriz in Chile and Don Sebastiani & Sons in California.

His Alexander and Dry Creek Valley Merlots are well-made, true to the variety and sell for $20 or less. Here are my notes on five of his recently-released 2012s.

April 30, 2014 Issue  :  People

A Link to Napa Valley History

Grapegrower Al Frediani tends a vineyard untouched by time

Posted: April 30, 2014  By MaryAnn Worobiec

April 30, 2014 Issue  :  News

In Brief: Eberle Out in Paso Robles; Giant Boulders Bowl Through Italian Vineyard

Posted: April 30, 2014  By MaryAnn Worobiec, Robert Taylor

April 30, 2014 Issue  :  People

Making It Look Easy

Winemaker Dave Phinney, creator of The Prisoner, has plenty more in the pipeline

Posted: April 30, 2014  By MaryAnn Worobiec

April 30, 2014 Issue  :  Features

California Faces Historic Drought

Posted: April 30, 2014  By James Laube, Tim Fish

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

10 Standout California Rhônes

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

Posted: April 28, 2014  By Augustus Weed

News & Features  :  News

Wine and Spirits Giant Pernod Ricard Buys Sonoma's Kenwood Vineyards

Purchase of California winery could mark an expansion in the United States wine market

Posted: April 24, 2014  By Tim Fish

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

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