Lyle Norton

Looking beyond prosecco for Italian sparkling wine

We often mistakingly define all Italian sparkling wine as prosecco.

Don’t overlook the Cabernet Sauvignon of Paso Robles

The Paso Robles wine region was built on zinfandel.

Cartograph Wines map a path to your palate

Serena Lourie and Alan Baker led adventurous lives even before they became partners in Cartograph Wines in 2009.

Rose is breaking out of its stereotypes

While it is now something we enjoy year-round, good rosé is still…

Chefs and sommeliers join forces to end childhood hunger

An estimated one in six children in America lives with hunger, including more than one in five kids in California.

The Limerick Lane Cellars story is one of stewardship

Jake Bilbro is only the third owner in Limerick Lane Cellars’ 106-year…

Los Olivos offers rustic allure as a wine country getaway

Years ago, we discovered the charm of Los Olivos when it was…

Sauvignon blanc no longer a second-choice white wine

Sauvignon blanc, a varietal with roots in both the Loire Valley and…

Paso Robles vintner sets out to prove the white wine skeptics wrong

Experimentation is a distinctive characteristic of winemakers who began, as hobbyists, making…

More wine drinkers are opting to skip stores for direct shipping

Recently, for a friend’s birthday gift, I phoned a local Sonoma County…

Clos du Val winery continues to make history

It is the perfect scenario for a Hollywood movie. A dream come…

Vineyards adjust to climate change and the news is not all bad for wine drinkers

With everything that surrounds the mystique of wine, it is, essentially, an…

Pairing wines with an olive oil born of tragedy

Were it not for a catastrophic winter frost more than three decades…

The storied history, and elegant wines, of Larkmead

All wineries have a story, but few match that of Larkmead, located…

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

Today, Sonoma County’s Seghesio Family Vineyards is well-known for its fine zinfandel…

Wine that favors nuance over sheer power

Sometimes the availability of special fruit can lure winemakers out of their…

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

Champagne and sparkling wines are always part of holidays and special occasions…

Wine tasting around the square in Healdsburg

Quaint downtown Healdsburg is always an enjoyable visit, especially during this season.…

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

Chris Wanner, who owns West Coast Wine and Cheese with his wife…

Finding pleasure in pinot noir for its versatility and compatibility

Now that winter is upon us, an assessment of my small wine…