James Laube

James Laube

Senior Editor, Napa
Tasting Beat: California

About

James Laube has been writing for Wine Spectator since 1980, and joined the staff full-time in 1983. During his career with the magazine, he has reviewed every category of wine made in California, as well as wines from around the world, and he continues to apply his experience to verticals, retrospectives and other special tastings, and provide leadership for the Wine Spectator staff on both coasts.

Laube grew up in Anaheim, Calif., and majored in history at San Diego State University. He moved to Napa Valley in 1978 and started his career in wine journalism. He has written four books: California's Great Cabernets (1989), California's Great Chardonnays (1990) and two editions of Wine Spectator's California Wine (1995 and 1999), the first edition of which won the James Beard Award for best wine book in 1996.

He lives in Napa, where his favorite hobby remains reading, and enjoys sports, music, traveling and the outdoors—especially activities that take place off the coast (abalone diving) and on the high seas (salmon fishing).

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Tom Terrific

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Diamond in the Rough

Diamond Creek Vineyards overcame many obstacles on its way to becoming one of Napa’s …

May 31, 2019
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Napa vintner and restaurateur Frank Altamura, his wife Karen and their son, Giancarlo, use …

Feb 28, 2019
Adventures in South Africa
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Adventures in South Africa

James Laube expected his trip to South Africa to focus on the country's wines. Instead, he …

Feb 28, 2019
The Creep of Cannabis
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The Creep of Cannabis

James Laube believes that there is trouble brewing in wine country. While cannabis is still …

Dec 31, 2018
Cult Classic
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A half-century before cult wines became the rage, there was Stony Hill Vineyard in Napa …

Nov 15, 2018
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Shifting Ground

Napa Cabernet still reigns in California, but rising costs are driving vintners to Sonoma …

Nov 15, 2018
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Over two decades, this self-taught winemaker has made an indelible impact on California wine

Nov 15, 2018
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