The US-American wine author and wine critic
Steve Heimoff is considered a California expert. He worked for Wine Spectator
from 1989 to 1994 and then for Wine Enthusiast
. In an open letter to the "San Francisco Chronicle" newspaper, he criticised the well-known author James Laube
of the competing magazine Wine Spectator for what he considered to be too harsh a criticism of a Château Montelena wine
with a cork flavour
. He said that one should not unsettle consumers, who for the most part are not able to detect such low levels of TCA. Heimoff is author of the wine books "A Wine Journey along the Russian River" (2005) and "New Classic Winemakers of California: Conversations with Steve Heimoff" (2007).