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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

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

9 Tempting California Merlots

New reviews of Golden State reds that have plenty of appeal

Posted: January 27, 2014  By Tim Fish

News & Features  :  News

California Wineries Confront Historic Drought

With no rain in sight, reservoirs are empty and vintners fear a small crop even before the vines wake up

Posted: January 21, 2014  By James Laube, Tim Fish

News & Features  :  News

GoVino Acquired by Napa Vintners

Family behind Ladera Vineyards invests in line of durable glassware

Posted: January 20, 2014  By MaryAnn Worobiec

News & Features  :  News

Gary Eberle Ousted at His Namesake Winery

Shakeup leaves Paso Robles pioneer winemaker shocked; management refuses comment

Posted: January 16, 2014  By MaryAnn Worobiec

Learn Wine  :  Ask Dr. Vinny

Is it true that a wine labeled "Napa County" can have less Napa juice in it than a wine labeled "Napa Valley"?

Posted: January 15, 2014  

Blogs  :  Exploring Wine with Tim Fish

Is There Rain on the Horizon for California’s Vineyards?

2013 was the driest year on record, and 2014 is one big question mark

Posted: January 15, 2014  By Tim Fish

California is thirsty—and not for wine. It barely rained in 2013, and the wine industry is worried.

How bad is it? Some of the growing regions in Napa Valley got less rain than Las Vegas. Paso Robles, on the California Central Coast, got 1.92 inches of rain in 2013 instead of the average 12.78, according to the National Weather Service. By comparison, Death Valley got 2.17 inches.

That makes 2013 the driest year on record in California, and the records go back to about 1880. Droughts are nothing new here, but this is a new level of parched. It doesn't help that 2012 was an exceptionally dry year as well.

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

10 Striking Napa Cabernets

New reviews of Cabernet Sauvignon from the 2009 and 2010 vintages

Posted: January 13, 2014  By James Laube

News & Features  :  News

Leo Trentadue Dies at 88

Alexander Valley winegrower tended to some of California’s oldest vines

Posted: January 10, 2014  By Aaron Romano

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

10 Lively California Zinfandels

New reviews from the 2010 and 2011 vintages

Posted: January 6, 2014  By Tim Fish

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

10 Delicious California Reds

New reviews of outstanding Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir and more to celebrate the New Year

Posted: December 30, 2013  By Augustus Weed

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