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News & Features  :  News

Grand Award Winner Has New Machine to Detect Cork Taint

Sampling from air around the cork and foil, Restaurant Latour's machine can tell if highly prized wines are cork-damaged

Posted: July 26, 2007  By James Molesworth

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

Dinner with the Maestro

Posted: June 14, 2007  By James Suckling

Last night was a tsunami of bad corks. I was having dinner with Bruna and Bruno Giacosa in region of Barolo in the restaurant of Belvedere in La Morra, and it seemed at first that just about every bottle we ordered had a cork problem.

April 30, 2007 Issue  :  In-Depth

TBA Strikes South American Wineries

Chile's Viñas Errázuriz is the latest affected

Posted: April 30, 2007  By James Molesworth

March 31, 2007 Issue  :  This Issue/Marvin R. Shanken

This Issue: TCA

Posted: March 31, 2007  By Marvin R. Shanken, Thomas Matthews

March 31, 2007 Issue  :  Columns

Taint Misbehavin

Posted: March 31, 2007  By James Laube

News & Features  :  News

Chile's Viña Errázuriz Confronts Contaminated Cellar

Problem with TBA may be widespread in Chile and Argentina

Posted: February 9, 2007  By James Molesworth

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

Corky Wines Are Not Always Due to the Cork

Posted: January 17, 2007  By James Suckling

I tasted a couple dozen California reds yesterday with James Laube and Tim Fish in Wine Spectator 's Napa office, and I was struck by how many of the reds seemed slightly off or tainted. Most of the wines were Napa Valley Cabernets, but we also tasted Cabs from Sonoma.

Blogs  :  Harvey Steiman At Large

Flaw? Or Complexity?

Posted: January 15, 2007  By Harvey Steiman

That flavor you hate in the wine but the guy next to you loves? To you, it's a flaw. To him, it's welcome complexity. Somehow, I'm not surprised that this topic came up in comments about Pinot Noir. I had written that I found some of the wines in a recent tasting green and earthy.

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

Understanding TCA Is a Steep Learning Curve

Posted: January 12, 2007  By James Laube

A couple of parting thoughts about this week’s discussion of TCA taint in wineries. I don't blame any of the wineries for what happened to their cellars and then to their wines. They are primarily victims of circumstance and are not inattentive or negligent vintners.

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

Pillar Rock Battles TCA-Tainted Wine

Posted: January 9, 2007  By James Laube

Pillar Rock is a boutique winery in Napa Valley that specializes in Cabernet Sauvignon grown in its vineyard in Stags Leap District. The winery made its first wine in 1999, and three of its first four vintages earned outstanding marks from me.

Learn Wine  :  Wine Basics

Wine Flaws: Cork Taint and TCA

Posted: January 9, 2007  By James Laube, Wine Spectator staff

Dec. 31, 2006 Issue  :  News

Sonoma Growers Battle Rot

Posted: December 31, 2006  By Daniel Sogg

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

A High-Stakes Vintage

Posted: May 16, 2006  By James Laube

Snowden Vineyards has a lot riding on the 2005 vintage. After a run of excellent vintages from 1993 to 2001, including solid efforts in the challenging years of 1998 and 2000, this Napa Valley Cabernet specialist hit a huge pothole – two in fact.

March 31, 2006 Issue  :  Inside Wine

Breaking the Mold

Some vintners call Brettanomyces an ally, some an enemy—but none dispute its presence

Posted: March 31, 2006  By Daniel Sogg

News & Features  :  Columns

There Are Super Palates, But No Perfect Ones

A good taster has more than just sensitivity

Posted: November 15, 2005  By James Laube

June 15, 2005 Issue  :  In-Depth

How the World's Vineyards Were Saved

The Botanist and the Vintner examines wines greatest crisis

Posted: June 15, 2005  By Kim Marcus

News & Features  :  Columns

Chateau Montelena and TCA

Despite its troubles, this famous estate's best wines are still to come

Posted: November 2, 2004  By James Laube

Oct. 31, 2004 Issue  :  News

Montelena Battles "Cellar Funk"

TCA taint in prominent Napa winery forces a renovation

Posted: October 31, 2004  By James Laube

News & Features  :  Columns

On the BV TCA Trail

Posted: December 5, 2002  By James Laube

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