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James Laube

May 2009

Seeking Your Thoughts On Best Bets in Napa Valley
Posted: May 27, 2009 1:17pm ET
Space constraints limited what we could write about in the " Napa Valley Getaways " (June 15, 2009) issue of Wine Spectator. That means that some of my favorite restaurants – such as Ubuntu , Pearl, Celadon or Bistro Don Giovanni – weren't included.
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What Lies Ahead for American Wine
Posted: May 20, 2009 1:11pm ET
There’s a little something for everyone in Silicon Valley Bank’s 2009-2010 State of the Wine Industry report. It’s a must-read for winery owners (and would-be vintners) and anyone who works in the trade.
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Two Grand Tour Highlights Poured Side By Side
Posted: May 18, 2009 2:40pm ET
The last leg of Wine Spectator ’s Grand Tour was Saturday night in Las Vegas, where there were scores of great wines, and I had the pleasure of meeting many readers and bloggers and sharing favorite wine tips.
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72 Hours in Kansas City, Day 3: Meeting Mad Max
Posted: May 15, 2009 10:17am ET
Mad Max is Stan Peterson’s huge, red, four-ton pig-shaped smoker, which he introduces in the accompanying video. The $25,000 apparatus sits on a trailer platform so it can be towed wherever it’s needed.
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72 Hours in Kansas City, Day 2: On the Barbecue Trail
Posted: May 13, 2009 2:50am ET
“When was the last time you had barbecue for breakfast?” Pete Seghesio asked as we drove into the parking lot of Oklahoma Joe’s, an eatery that shares space with a gas station. You could smell the smoke from the meat and beans cooking the moment we climbed out of the car.
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72 Hours In Kansas City, Day 1: The Greatest Burger?
Posted: May 8, 2009 12:07pm ET
I needed to get out of town for a weekend getaway and decided to catch up with two friends in Kansas City. I arrived there last Friday afternoon and figured I'd tour the city until my friends arrived the next day.
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Judging Wine from Barrels Can Be Challenging
Posted: May 6, 2009 4:50pm ET
I’ve been tasting wines from Santa Barbara’s wine futures sale this week. The first of two sales starts this weekend and we’ll have a summary of the best wines we tasted. Since the demise of longtime sponsor the Wine Cask, the Winehound in Santa Barbara and the Wine House in Los Angeles have organized the sale and tastings.
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