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News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

10 Knockout California Zinfandels

New reviews of outstanding wines from the bold 2012 vintage

Posted: November 3, 2014  By Tim Fish

Oct. 31, 2014 Issue  :  Columns

Follow the Money

Posted: October 31, 2014  By James Laube

Oct. 31, 2014 Issue  :  Features

Tunes Set to Napa Wine

Posted: October 31, 2014  By MaryAnn Worobiec

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

Stylistic Considerations: To Buy or Not

The 2012 Sonoma Pinot Noirs will require patience

Posted: October 30, 2014  By James Laube

I've been tasting more 2012 Sonoma-grown Pinot Noirs of late, and the same pattern of quality and style emerges as I've discussed previously: These are fairly tannic, tight, backward wines that are not showy, or fruity, or generous, terms often applied to California Pinots (and California wines in general).

Blogs  :  Exploring Wine with Tim Fish

Cyrus Blooms Again in Alexander Valley

After two years on hiatus, top Sonoma restaurant reboots in a new locale

Posted: October 29, 2014  By Tim Fish

Cyrus was Sonoma County's top restaurant when it closed two years ago. The timing was ironic, since Healdsburg's dining scene in 2012 was almost red hot, a fire that Cyrus helped ignite when it opened in 2005.

Partners Nick Peyton and Douglas Keane always said Cyrus was only on hiatus, and now the reboot is officially in the works. Sorry, reservations aren't being accepted yet. You'll have to wait until 2016. That's a long time, but considering what Keane, Peyton and their investors have in mind, it's just around the corner.

News & Features  :  News

What's a Winemaker to Do When Their Yeast Quits on the Job?

New research suggests that bacteria strains in a fermentation vat can tell yeast to shut down

Posted: October 27, 2014  By Kasey Carpenter

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

12 Stunning California Pinot Noirs

New reviews from the 2011 and 2012 vintages

Posted: October 27, 2014  By Aaron Romano

News & Features  :  News & Features

Wine Star: Marcassin—A Passion Project

Helen Turley and John Wetlaufer reveal the attention to detail that goes into their Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

Posted: October 21, 2014  By MaryAnn Worobiec

News & Features  :  News & Features

To Kalon: Napa’s First-Growth Vineyard

A side-by-side tasting of four acclaimed Cabernets highlights what is special about this site

Posted: October 20, 2014  By MaryAnn Worobiec

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

12 Outstanding California Chardonnays

New reviews of highly rated 2012 bottlings from the Golden State

Posted: October 20, 2014  By Aaron Romano

News & Features  :  News & Features

Wine Star: Larry Turley

The former ER doctor gave new life to the quintessential California grape, Zinfandel

Posted: October 20, 2014  By Augustus Weed

News & Features  :  News

How Much Will Napa's Earthquake Cost?

With harvest winding down, vintners are getting a better idea of what August's quake inflicted

Posted: October 15, 2014  By Tim Fish

Oct. 15, 2014 Issue  :  Columns

Brothers of the Vine

Posted: October 15, 2014  By James Laube

News & Features  :  News

California Vintner Sir Peter Michael Receives Distinguished Service Award

The native Londoner and early Silicon Valley entrepreneur has produced outstanding wines for 24 years

Posted: October 14, 2014  By Tim Fish

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

15 Bold California Reds

New reviews of Petite Sirah and blends

Posted: October 13, 2014  By Aaron Romano

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

A Pinot with a View—of Marcassin

A look at Fred and Carol Schrader's new Boars' View Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir and Chardonnay

Posted: October 10, 2014  By James Laube

Fred and Carol Schrader's new label could easily have been called Boars' View of Marcassin, because that's the story behind its name.

The Schraders' Boars' View looks out at Marcassin (which is French for young wild boar), the adjacent vineyard and winery owned by Helen Turley and John Wetlaufer in the Fort Ross-Seaview appellation of Sonoma Coast. It's in a remote, tree-shrouded area, a few miles inland from the Pacific, but clearly warm enough to fully ripen grapes.

News & Features  :  News

Will Breaking Up Be Good for Paso Robles?

Government approves subdividing California wine region into 11 new subappellations

Posted: October 10, 2014  By MaryAnn Worobiec

News & Features  :  Retrospective / Vertical

2004 California Cabernet Retrospective: Easy Sailing

A steady growing season and a late burst of heat put 2004 wines in the sweet spot

Posted: October 8, 2014  By James Laube

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

13 Enticing California Sparkling Wines

New reviews of vintage-dated sparklers from across the Golden State

Posted: October 6, 2014  By Aaron Romano

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

An Exciting New Santa Barbara Red

Tensley and TGIC Importers team up for a unique blend

Posted: October 1, 2014  By James Laube

Joey Tensley and Alex Guarachi have teamed up to make an exciting new red wine from Santa Barbara that is exactly what wine lovers are looking for: an outstanding wine that's affordable and available.

They have collaborated on a wine called Tenshen, a $25 red with 3,500 cases made. The first vintage, 2013, exhibits a fresh, lively array of flavors, extending from ripe, juicy plum and black cherry to subtler dried herb, tar and rose petal.

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