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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

Feb. 28, 2014 Issue  :  Columns

A Vineyard Blooms on Catalina

Posted: February 28, 2014  By James Laube

Feb. 28, 2014 Issue  :  People

Growing Success: Napa Vintner Peter Mondavi at 99

Posted: February 28, 2014  By Aaron Romano

Feb. 28, 2014 Issue  :  Features

Sonoma Coast, Albariño, Lake County

Posted: February 28, 2014  By Tim Fish

Feb. 28, 2014 Issue  :  Retrospective/Vertical

Shafer Hillside Select

The evolution of a classic Napa Cabernet

Posted: February 28, 2014  By James Laube

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

9 Tempting California Wines

New reviews of Golden State whites and reds from the 2011 and 2012 vintages

Posted: February 24, 2014  By Augustus Weed

Blogs  :  Exploring Wine with Tim Fish

California Is Finally All Wet

Big weekend storm gives hope to winemakers, particularly in Northern California

Posted: February 12, 2014  By Tim Fish

The first major storm in more than a year swept through Northern California over the weekend, and the sound heard in the skies wasn't thunder, but a sigh of collective relief.

Napa Valley and Sonoma County averaged about 8 inches in a few days, with some areas gaining as much as 12 to 15 inches. Central California wasn't as blessed, receiving no more than an inch or so.

The drought is far from over even in Northern California—rainfall levels are still below the previous record drought year of 1977—but you won't hear any complaints right now.

News & Features  :  News

Williams Selyem Winemaker Bob Cabral Stepping Down

The 2014 harvest will be his last at the iconic Russian River winery as he explores other projects

Posted: February 10, 2014  By Tim Fish

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

9 Rock-Solid Zinfandels from Sonoma

New reviews from the surprisingly good 2011 vintage

Posted: February 10, 2014  By Tim Fish

News & Features  :  News

Mendocino Wine Pioneer John Parducci Dies at 96

A champion of everyday wines, former Parducci Cellars patriarch's career spanned seven decades

Posted: February 6, 2014  By Tim Fish, Aaron Romano

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

8 Enticing Napa Cabernets

New reviews of California reds from the 2010 vintage

Posted: February 3, 2014  By James Laube

News & Features  :  News

Italian Winemaker Antonio Mastroberardino Dies at 86

Visionary estate owner helped put Italy’s Campania region on the map

Posted: January 30, 2014  By Alison Napjus

News & Features  :  News

Saralee Kunde Dies at 66

Esteemed Russian River Valley grapegrower was devoted to supporting Sonoma County agriculture

Posted: January 28, 2014  By Augustus Weed

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