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James Laube

March 2010

Hyperthetically, 2009 Bordeaux Is the Greatest Ever
The Bordelais are the best at pitching an infant vintage
Posted: Mar 25, 2010 1:56pm ET
I don’t have any problem with winemakers saying they hope a new vintage turns out to be as great as a grand old vintage. But I do have a hard time buying into the pitch from vintners who claim a new vintage is as good or better than one that occurred a half century ago.
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Rethinking Birth Year Wines
It's better to wait and see what your kids like
Posted: Mar 4, 2010 10:55am ET
Putting aside special birth year wines for your kids is a thoughtful act. I did the same thing for my two. But I don’t recommend it. You never really know if they’ll like wine, or when they might start liking wine, or whether they’ll like the wines you so kindly set aside for their birthday.
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Ridge Proves Steady Is the Right Course
After 50 years, changes come slowly
Posted: Mar 2, 2010 2:41pm ET

With the 50th anniversary of winemaking at Ridge Vineyards, the winery still looks and acts a lot like it did when it started. The minimalist winemaking philosophy is unchanged, and Paul Draper is still at the helm.

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Bordeaux Struggles to Be Hip
Many Wines Face The Challenge Of Relevancy
Posted: Mar 1, 2010 2:16pm ET
I opened two bottles of Bordeaux from the classic 2000 vintage recently, Cos-d'Estournel and Ducru-Beaucaillou, along with some iconic California reds from Williams Selyem, Hobbs and Araujo. Most of the wines showed very well, but the comparison led to a discussion of Bordeaux's struggle for relevance in today's global economy.
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