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Dining & Travel  :  Monterey

Hotels

Posted: June 30, 2014  

June 30, 2014 Issue  :  Alphabetical Listing

California Zinfandel Alphabetical Listing

Posted: June 30, 2014  

June 30, 2014 Issue  :  Retrospective/Vertical

Revisiting 2004 and 1994 California Zinfandel

Two turning-point vintages reveal the potential and the limits of Golden State Zins

Posted: June 30, 2014  By Tim Fish

June 30, 2014 Issue  :  Tasting Reports

Precision Zinfandels

The best wines of 2011 are structured, vibrant and flavorful

Posted: June 30, 2014  By Tim Fish

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

11 Hot California Pinot Noir Values

New reviews of approachable Pinots from across the Golden State

Posted: June 23, 2014  By Augustus Weed

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

Educated Guesses About a Vintage’s Future

There's no scientific method to predicting how a wine will age

Posted: June 19, 2014  By James Laube

The Educated Guess cuvée gets its name from the many best-guess scenarios that arise during the winemaking process, from when to pick the grapes to how long to age the wine in barrel, the bottom line being that there's no scientific formula for delivering the best wine that the owners of Roots Run Deep winery can. They use their knowledge, intuition and experience to make the best decisions for their wine, allowing too that at the end of the day it's still merely an educated guess.

Blogs  :  Exploring Wine with Tim Fish

Could Harvest Be Just Six Weeks Away in California?

Early signs of veraison point to an unusual start for crush in 2014

Posted: June 18, 2014  By Tim Fish

Take your vacation soon, California winemakers. Early signs of veraison are already upon us. Veraison—when grapes begin ripening, turn softer and change color—rarely starts this early. It usually doesn't get going until the Fourth of July.

Veraison is significant for many reasons, but it's a big indicator of when harvest could begin: about six weeks later is the general rule. A lot depends on the region, grape variety, how a vineyard is farmed and, of course, the weather, but it boggles the mind that harvest could begin before Aug. 1, and not just for sparkling wine.

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

2012 California Pinot Noir: A Struggle for Ripeness

After tasting more than 400 California Pinot Noirs from the 2012 vintage, a profile takes shape

Posted: June 16, 2014  By James Laube

The 2011 and 2012 Pinot Noir harvests in California could hardly have been more different. In 2012, the weather was ideal from start to finish, but that's only part of the story. Despite superior weather, the wines are not head-and-shoulders above 2011, and the reason has much to do with yields.

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

10 Enticing California Pinot Noirs

New reviews from the 2012 vintage on the Sonoma Coast

Posted: June 16, 2014  By Augustus Weed

June 15, 2014 Issue  :  Columns

Mission Accomplished

Posted: June 15, 2014  By James Laube

June 15, 2014 Issue  :  Features

Back to the Future With Concrete

Posted: June 15, 2014  By MaryAnn Worobiec

June 15, 2014 Issue  :  Columns

The Slippery Slope of Ripeness

Posted: June 15, 2014  By Harvey Steiman

Dining & Travel  :  Monterey

Wineries

Posted: June 15, 2014  

Dining & Travel  :  Monterey

Attractions

Posted: June 15, 2014  

Dining & Travel  :  Monterey

Discovering the Monterey Coast

Beauty, adventure, great food and wine await

Posted: June 15, 2014  By Tim Fish

June 15, 2014 Issue  :  Features

Discovering the Monterey Coast

Beauty, adventure, great food and wine await

Posted: June 15, 2014  By Tim Fish

June 15, 2014 Issue  :  Features

Keplinger: All Systems Go

Posted: June 15, 2014  By James Laube

June 15, 2014 Issue  :  Features

Dreaming of Grenache

California rising star Helen Keplinger has pursued this finicky grape from Spain to the Sierra Foothills

Posted: June 15, 2014  By James Laube

Learn Wine  :  Ask Dr. Vinny

Why don't more California wineries dry farm?

Posted: June 13, 2014  

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

At Continuum, a Proud Legacy Carries On

Robert Mondavi's son Tim and granddaughter Carissa have established a new home base on Napa's Pritchard Hill

Posted: June 11, 2014  By James Molesworth

You can tell it's a family business at Continuum. Carissa Mondavi, 37, the newest generation of the storied vintner family, has no official title.

"I don't know how to answer that," she said when I asked her. "All I want to do is tell my dad's story and, in turn, my grandfather's," she added with a hint of wistful pride.

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