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News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

9 Zesty Zinfandels

New reviews of California Zins from the difficult 2011 vintage

Posted: August 5, 2013  By Tim Fish

News & Features  :  News

Caymus Pays $1 Million for Alleged Violations of Napa County Rules

Napa Valley winery accused of bottling too much wine on-site; will settle and move bottling operations

Posted: August 2, 2013  By James Laube

News & Features  :  News

Theo Rosenbrand, Retired Napa Winemaker, Dies

Dutch immigrant started as cellar rat under André Tchelistcheff and retired as respected winemaker

Posted: August 2, 2013  By Aaron Romano

News & Features  :  Retrospective / Vertical

2003 California Cabernet Retrospective: At Age 10, Wines Show the Year's Difficulties

In a recent blind tasting, a dozen wines shine, but overall the vintage comes up short compared to the surrounding years

Posted: July 31, 2013  By James Laube

Blogs  :  Exploring Wine with Tim Fish

California Merlot: the Good News and the Bad

While the 2009 vintage shines, consumers must shop carefully for 2010s and 2011s

Posted: July 31, 2013  By Tim Fish

Back in school, there was always a smartass who'd taped a sign to a kid's back. California Merlot has been wearing one of those signs for years now, and it reads "Kick Me." The 1990s boom years are long gone, even though Merlot is still popular with consumers looking for an easygoing red for $10 to $20. There are a few high-end Merlot producers like Duckhorn, Lewis and Pahlmeyer that can charge a premium, but many wineries with $25 to $50 bottles can't give them away.

But if the 2009 vintage proved anything, it's way too soon to write off California Merlot.

July 31, 2013 Issue  :  Columns

Power of the Place

Posted: July 31, 2013  By James Laube

July 31, 2013 Issue  :  Alphabetical Listing

California Chardonnay Alphabetical Listing

Posted: July 31, 2013  

July 31, 2013 Issue  :  Tasting Reports

Storm Clouds, Silver Lining

A rain-dampened 2011 vintage for California Chardonnay results in lighter-style wines

Posted: July 31, 2013  By James Laube

News & Features  :  News

Wayne Hogue, Founder of Napa's Terraces Winery, Dies

Former financial advisor bought 22 acres of prime Rutherford land in 1978

Posted: July 29, 2013  By Aaron Romano

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

10 Striking California Cabernets

New reviews of Cabs and blends from Sonoma and Paso Robles

Posted: July 29, 2013  By Augustus Weed

News & Features  :  News

Napa’s Araujo Estate Bought by Owners of Bordeaux’s Château Latour

French Pinault family will take ownership of historic Napa Cabernet vineyard

Posted: July 25, 2013  By MaryAnn Worobiec

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

17 Pinks from California

New reviews of intriguing rosés, most from the 2012 vintage

Posted: July 22, 2013  By Tim Fish

Learn Wine  :  Ask Dr. Vinny

What's the difference between Pinot Noir from California and from Oregon?

Posted: July 19, 2013  

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

9 Distinctive California Reds

New reviews of bold Petite Sirah from the Golden State

Posted: July 15, 2013  By MaryAnn Worobiec

Blogs  :  Exploring Wine with Tim Fish

Taking the Pulse of Vintage 2013

A heat wave has jump-started ripening in what was already an early growing season in California

Posted: July 10, 2013  By Tim Fish

There's one thing you can say about the recent growing seasons in Northern California: They haven't been boring. 2010 was chilly then blazing hot. 2009 and 2011 were soggy. Only 2012 was a dream.

As for 2013, it's too early to tell.

Because of warm weather in late winter and spring, the season began early, with budbreak starting March 1 and bloom unfolding in mid-May. Skies were mostly sunny as summer began, and the season was moving along at a good clip, and then an extended heat wave arrived (with temperatures hovering around 100° F) in late June and continued through the Fourth of July.

News & Features  :  News

Napa's Caymus Purchases Vineyard and Winery Site in Neighboring Solano County

Owner Chuck Wagner hopes to reduce congestion in Napa Valley and explore an untapped region

Posted: July 9, 2013  By Aaron Romano

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

12 Noteworthy Napa Cabernets

New reviews of 2010 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignons, several under $100

Posted: July 8, 2013  By James Laube

News & Features  :  News

Kosta Browne Buys Its First Vineyard

Sonoma-based Pinot Noir specialist purchases a 20-acre piece of Keefer Ranch Vineyard

Posted: July 2, 2013  By Augustus Weed

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

12 Focused California Pinot Noirs

New reviews from the 2011 vintage in the Sta. Rita Hills appellation

Posted: July 1, 2013  By James Laube

June 30, 2013 Issue  :  Features

Zinfandel's Renaissance

A group of dedicated young winemakers is ready to take California’s quintessential wine from cult status to the big time

Posted: June 30, 2013  By Tim Fish

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