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Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

A Kinder, Fleshier Zinfandel

Posted: January 26, 2007  By James Laube

Zinfandel has a lot going for it, but it also has its share of problems and missed opportunities. The wine is uniquely Californian. It grows well in many areas of the state, is capable of expressing terroir and is stylistically versatile.

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

Zapped by Zinfandel

Posted: January 25, 2007  By James Laube

It was sometime around 1990 when Jerry Seps approached me about how Wine Spectator might increase its coverage of Zinfandel. Seps is the owner-winemaker of Storybook Mountain in Napa Valley and a long-time champion of Zinfandel.

Blogs  :  Harvey Steiman At Large

Red Wine and Chocolate

Posted: January 8, 2007  By Harvey Steiman

Years ago I discovered, quite by accident, that red wine can taste just fine with chocolate. It was at a dinner where the dessert, one of those dense, not-very-sweet, runny chocolate cakes where the center oozes a molten river of dark brown goodness, had not yet become a cliché.

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

Small World in California

Posted: January 3, 2007  By James Suckling

I arrived at my father's house in San Diego the other evening and there was an open magnum of wine sitting on the kitchen counter, with "Zin '05" marked on the side of the Burgundy-shaped bottle. "I wanted you to try this wine and let me know what you think," he said.

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

Great Zinfandel From a Special Site

Posted: December 18, 2006  By James Laube

Zinfanatics, and even those who aren't, would do well to try a pair of Zins from Haywood. The label dropped off the radar of most wine lovers as production decreased due to financial problems, but Haywood's Zinfandels have always been classy, distinctive, balanced and reasonably priced.

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

An Exciting Discovery From Paso Robles

Posted: December 6, 2006  By James Laube

When you can say that a winery makes a lot of great wine at terrific prices, well, that’s a magical thing. This week I discovered such a winery—Four Vines, founded in 1996. In the words of one of its owners, "This is one of the largest wineries in Paso Robles you’ve never heard of.

Video  :  Video Index

Top 100 of 2006: Being #3 Rocks!

What does it mean when Wine Spectator names your wine one of the year's Top 10? Get the answer from consulting winemaker Jeff Cohn. He made the Rosenblum Rockpile Zin 2003, which won the #3 spot in 2005.

Posted: November 9, 2006  

Video  :  Video Index

Wine Experience 2006: Saturday Tastings

The mega-tastings continue: Top Ten Wines of 2005 (with the winemakers), Drouhin (Robert presented Clos des Mouches back to '76 and Marquis de Laguiche) and, finally, a stellar line-up of Spanish reds. Whew!

Posted: October 26, 2006  

Video  :  Video Index

Pairing Italian at A16, part 4: The Matches: Or Is Primitivo the Winner?

The Matches: Or is Primitivo the winner with the short ribs?

Posted: May 4, 2006  

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

Timeless Zinfandel

Posted: April 25, 2006  By James Laube

Mayacamas Vineyards released its 1970 Napa Valley Zinfandel this month for $100 a bottle, and no, that’s not a typo on the vintage date. “Even more amazing,” says owner Bob Travers, “this is not a re-release, for we have never sold this wine before.

News & Features  :  Columns

Zinfandel Deserves Recognition

California should declare it the state grape, for its history and symbolism

Posted: February 24, 2006  By James Laube

News & Features  :  Columns

ZAP Wrap-up

Spirits are high at San Francisco's annual Zinfandel extravaganza

Posted: February 3, 2006  By Daniel Sogg

Dec. 15, 2005 Issue  :  Collecting

The Rewards and Risks Of Cellaring Zinfandel

Posted: December 15, 2005  

Dec. 15, 2005 Issue  :  Tasting Reports

Zinfandel Roulette

An unpredictable wine delivers a multitude of styles and mixed results

Posted: December 15, 2005  By Daniel Sogg

Dec. 15, 2004 Issue  :  Tasting Reports

Zinfandel's Hard-Earned Success

California vintners deliver zesty flavors from this finicky grape in 2002

Posted: December 15, 2004  By Daniel Sogg

News & Features

California Zinfandels to Buy Now

The Zinfandels listed below provide explorations of California's distinctive grape at every level

Posted: May 24, 2004  

News & Features

The Zin Masters: Rosenblum

The new frontier

Posted: May 24, 2004  By James Laube

News & Features

The Zin Masters: Seghesio

Renaissance in Sonoma

Posted: May 24, 2004  By Daniel Sogg

News & Features

The Zin Masters: Turley

Rediscovering Napa Valley

Posted: May 24, 2004  By Daniel Sogg

News & Features

The Zin Masters: Ravenswood

Tapping Sonoma's treasures

Posted: May 24, 2004  By Tim Fish

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