Lyle Norton

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…

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…

Tasting Fine Napa Valley Merlots

At a recent “Masters of Merlot” event at the COPIA Center in…

Revisiting an epic story of wine and winning

The documentary film, “Somm” chronicled the arduous regime of four young sommeliers,…

The Smith Brothers are still making wine on Spring Mountain

On the westside of the Napa Valley, high above St. Helena is…

From professional football player to formidable producer of Rhone-style wines

I discovered Terry Hoage’s wine years ago at a “Paso On The…