The American wine writer and wine critic
James Laube has been with the prestigious magazine since 1980 Wine Spectator
active. He is considered an absolute California specialist, who is said to have a similar influence on the wine style, as Robert M. Parker
, Critics accuse him of a preference for alcohol-rich, full-bodied barrique-aged wines, which (allegedly) prove the unusually high number of such wines in California. His California vibrancy is also reflected in his books California's Great Cabernets and California's Great Chardonnays, as well as California Wine, in which some 700 producers are described and earned him in 1996 the James Beard Award for Best Wine Book of the Year. Laube is said to have an unusually high sensitivity for recognizing the wine defect corked
after. His criticism of a faulty wine of the Chateau Montelena
hit high waves. The editor Steve Heimoff
of the competing magazine Wine Enthusiast
wrote in an open letter to the San Francisco Chronicle newspaper that consumers should not be confused, for the most part, they would not be able to detect such low levels of TCA.