- California’s Great Chardonnays
- Dinners with Two Classic California Cabernets
- An Ideal White for Picnics and Parties
- Extreme Wine Lists
- Chardonnay’s New Frontier
James Laube is a wine expert on the wines of California. Living in an agricultural setting reconnected me with my roots. He started writing about wine. The whole scope of wine, grapes, farming, weather, terroir and the people involved in making wine offered a fascinating opportunity–to be a reporter and record events as they happened, hoping to leave future historians with one writer’s perspective.
He tasted all of the wines reviewed in Wine magazines. That gave him an incredible opportunity to taste the wines of France, Italy, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Australia, Oregon, Washington, Chile and Argentina.
As he divided the wine world into tasting beats, his area of expertise became California, in addition to being a regular columnist for the magazine. James typically taste 5,000 California wines a year, about 100 a week.
He has written four books on the subject: California’s Great Cabernets, California’s Great Chardonnays and two editions of California Wine, the first edition of which won the James Beard Award for the best wine book of the year.
He has traveled to and written about Bordeaux, Burgundy, the Loire Valley, the Rhône Valley and Sauternes in France; Italy; Spain; Germany; Australia; Mexico; and, in the United States, Washington; Oregon; and Long Island, N.Y.
He drinks all kinds of different wines and find that the wine world is an endlessly fascinating subject. He is amazed at audience, sharing with him a passion for wine and the richness and dimension it brings to our lives.
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•Cool Summer Shippers
•Everyone Has Their Price
•The Brilliant 2008 Dominus
•Sizing Up Sonoma Pinot
•2009 California Pinot Noir: Best Vintage Yet?
•Milestone Gifts: Beware the Birth-Year Wine
•The Benefits and Tolls of Age
•Good for Pontet-Canet
•The Pleasures of Cool-Climate Cabernet
Laube’s third book, California Wine, The first edition of California Wine won the James Beard Award for best wine book of the year.
His previous two books are California’s Great Cabernets and California’s Great Chardonnays.