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Blogs  :  Exploring Wine with Tim Fish

No Rest for the Weary Winemaker

Harvest 2013 is running early in California

Posted: September 11, 2013  By Tim Fish

There’s a dusty book someplace that lists the California harvests that ran earlier than 2013, but I can’t recall many in the 24 years I’ve lived here. Consider this. Hanzell Vineyards, known for great Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, finished its harvest in Sonoma Valley a week before Labor Day.

That’s on the outskirts of the norm but it does show how fast things are moving. The growing season rain early all year and there’s been plenty of sun throughout summer. Warm temperatures to start the month moved things along even faster.

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

12 Impressive Napa Cabernets

New reviews of outstanding bottlings from the 2010 vintage

Posted: September 9, 2013  By James Laube

Aug. 31, 2013 Issue  :  News

Winegrowers, Not Drinkers, Face Pesticide Risks

Posted: August 31, 2013  By Suzanne Mustacich

Aug. 31, 2013 Issue  :  News

Vintage Report 2013: Southern Hemisphere

Ready to taste the first wines of 2013? While grapes are growing plump in Europe and North America, the Southern Hemisphere has picked, crushed and fermented this year’s crop. Here’s a sneak peek at the upcoming vintage.

Posted: August 31, 2013  By Nathan Wesley, Augustus Weed, MaryAnn Worobiec, James Molesworth

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

11 Outstanding Rutherford Cabernets

New reviews of top 2010 Cabernet Sauvignons from the Rutherford appellation of Napa Valley

Posted: August 26, 2013  By James Laube

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

10 Exciting Napa Cabernets Under $70

New reviews of outstanding 2010s at prices that won’t break the bank

Posted: August 19, 2013  By James Laube

Learn Wine  :  Ask Dr. Vinny

What's a Napa vineyard really worth?

Posted: August 14, 2013  

Learn Wine  :  Ask Dr. Vinny

Why would rain be bad for grapes?

Posted: July 22, 2013  

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

Learn Wine  :  Ask Dr. Vinny

What is the most widely planted grape in the United States?

Posted: June 26, 2013  

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

9 Winning California Merlots

New reviews of Golden State reds that raise the bar on quality

Posted: June 17, 2013  By Tim Fish

News & Features  :  News

2013 Southern Hemisphere Harvest Report: South Africa

A first look at vintage quality, with eyewitness reports from growers and winemakers

Posted: June 7, 2013  By James Molesworth

News & Features  :  News

2013 Southern Hemisphere Harvest Report: Argentina and Chile

A first look at vintage quality in South America, with eyewitness reports from growers and winemakers

Posted: June 6, 2013  By Nathan Wesley

News & Features  :  News

2013 Southern Hemisphere Harvest Report: Australia and New Zealand

A first look at vintage quality down under, with eyewitness reports from growers and winemakers

Posted: June 5, 2013  By Augustus Weed, MaryAnn Worobiec

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

14 Elegant California Chardonnays

New reviews of 2010 bottlings worth stocking up on

Posted: March 25, 2013  By James Laube

Blogs  :  Bruce Sanderson Decanted

DRC 2010s Lead an Outstanding Vintage

Scores are in for the 2010s from Burgundy's legendary Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, which pushes the vintage to new heights

Posted: March 13, 2013  By Bruce Sanderson

Wine Spectator senior editor Bruce Sanderson gives his notes on the 2010 releases from Burgundy's Domaine de la Romanée-Conti. The Richebourg, La Tâche, Romanée-St.-Vivant, Romanée-Conti and more show just what could be achieved in this excellent vintage.

Learn Wine  :  Ask Dr. Vinny

Can you really buy wine more cheaply around harvest time?

Posted: March 8, 2013  

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

12 Bordeaux Under $20

New reviews of appealing 2010 reds that won't break the bank

Posted: January 25, 2013  By James Molesworth

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

12 Outstanding California Zinfandels

New reviews of highly rated reds, most from the 2010 vintage

Posted: January 14, 2013  By Tim Fish

Blogs  :  Mixed Case: Opinion and Advice

How Do They Do It, Part 2: Meet the People Who Make $500 Wines, $10 Wines—And Everything in Between

It takes a vision—or a few dozen of them—to turn thousands of acres into millions of bottles. The stakes are high, and plenty can go wrong

Posted: December 27, 2012  By Ben O'Donnell

At the Penfolds Nuriootpa winery in Barossa, you can crush 22,000 tons of grapes. At Chateau Ste.-Michelle, 2.8 million cases of wine go out the door every year. If you are Peter Gago or Bob Bertheu, head winemakers at Penfolds and Ste.-Michelle, respectively, how do you even process and track so much stuff, let alone make it good?

"That's why God created Microsoft Excel, I guess," replied Bertheu. I asked four winemakers who head up large-to-massive operations that produce dozens of different cuvées in all price ranges, from $10 quaffers on up to the storied $600 Penfolds Grange. In my previous post on the subject, I gave a sense of the scale of the task and wrote about how the four keep tabs on their growers and grapes through harvest. Now I'll explain how they juggle as many as 52 different wines at once.

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