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Posted: June 30, 2008 By Tim Fish
Posted: June 10, 2008 By James Laube
Most wine regions are defined by either a grape or a style. Last week, as I rode my bike through picturesque Dry Creek Valley, my thoughts turned to what I consider this Northern Sonoma appellation’s dilemma.
Posted: May 30, 2008 By Tim Fish
Posted: May 29, 2008
Posted: May 21, 2008
Posted: April 15, 2008 By Tim Fish
Posted: March 18, 2008 By James Laube
It’s always exciting when a great winemaker outdoes himself, which is exactly what Mike Officer has done with his 2006 Carlisle Zinfandels. These wines, which Tim Fish and I tasted in one of our regular weekly blind tastings, are sensational, earning a sprint don’t run endorsement.
Posted: February 11, 2008 By James Laube
School fund-raisers ain’t what they used to be. Forget bake and garage sales. How about grilled rattlesnake with a double magnum of 2002 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir to wash it down? On Friday I was invited to a wild game feast hosted by vintners Pam and Lee Martinelli.
Posted: February 3, 2008 By James Molesworth
Education comes in many forms—literature, film, etc. And often education comes in a predictable format or setting, such as the classroom, whereby you know what to expect. But for me, the best education is more than just seeing or hearing.
Posted: January 30, 2008 By James Laube
The sale of Rosenblum to Diageo is important on several fronts. Rosenblum has been one of the state’s biggest champions of Zinfandel. In any given year it can bottle up to two dozen single-vineyard wines from this grape as well as other often underdog varietals and, perhaps more significantly, it has emphasized value, which all wine drinkers prize.
Posted: January 28, 2008 By Tim Fish
Posted: January 15, 2008 By Tim Fish
Posted: December 18, 2007 By James Laube
We like turnarounds, and one of the wineries we noticed that had stepped up quality in the past go-round of reviews is Mazzocco , based in Sonoma’s intersection of Dry Creek and Alexander valleys. All four of Mazzocco’s 2005 Zinfandels hit the jackpot in our blind tastings and I say "we" and "our" because Tim Fish, my colleague and associate editor, is now covering the lion’s share of Zinfandel reviews, and he first came to notice the improvement.
Posted: July 9, 2007 By Harvey Steiman
I am perched atop a high stool at a wrought-iron table in the patio of D19, one of my favorite restaurants in Aspen, Colo., where we spend a good part of our summer. It's a warm noon, but we are protected from the sun by a wide umbrella.
Posted: June 30, 2007 By Tim Fish
Posted: June 14, 2007
What makes Zinfandel "America's Grape"? Wine Spectator senior editor James Laube sat down in his Napa office with Scott McLeod, winemaker at Rubicon Estate. Scott makes Rubicon's famous Cabernet Sauvignon as well as its Edizione Pennino Zinfandel.
Posted: June 11, 2007
Posted: April 30, 2007 By James Laube
Here’s an item to clip and save. You never hear predictions about a harvest, or a vintage, five months before a grape is picked (because anything could happen in the meantime). But thanks to winemaker Scott McLeod of Rubicon Estate in Napa Valley, we have something to ponder between now and harvest.
Posted: February 14, 2007 By James Suckling
I am in a rotten mood. Today is Valentine’s Day and I hate it. I have loathed this commercial celebration for as long as I can remember. Maybe it was because Heidi Hendrickson in the sixth grade didn’t accept my Valentine’s message.
Posted: January 30, 2007 By Tim Fish
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