Category: On The Vine: Lyle W. Norton

An immigrant’s Sonoma legacy: Zinfandel and other Italian varietals

Today, Sonoma County’s Seghesio Family Vineyards is well-known for its fine zinfandel and other Italian varietals and enjoys a large…

5 days ago

Wine that favors nuance over sheer power

Sometimes the availability of special fruit can lure winemakers out of their comfort zone. Such was the case when Matt…

2 weeks ago

Flutes may be out, but sparkling wine and champagne are always in

Champagne and sparkling wines are always part of holidays and special occasions because they are associated with celebrations and commemorations.…

4 weeks ago

Selling the best of the West wines —along with the cheese

Chris Wanner, who owns West Coast Wine and Cheese with his wife Lindsey, understands that the wine experience begins with…

1 month ago

Finding pleasure in pinot noir for its versatility and compatibility

Now that winter is upon us, an assessment of my small wine cellar is an essential step in planning our…

2 months ago

An Italian red tops Wine Spectator’s list of best wines of 2018

Wine Spectator is releasing its annual “Top 100” wines list. Some critics view all such lists as subjective and, of…

2 months ago

Tasting Fine Napa Valley Merlots

At a recent “Masters of Merlot” event at the COPIA Center in Napa, winemaker Chris Carpenter, referenced the film, “Sideways,”…

2 months ago

Revisiting an epic story of wine and winning

The documentary film, “Somm” chronicled the arduous regime of four young sommeliers, struggling to prepare to take the Master Sommelier…

2 months ago