Lyle Norton

Calistoga culinary getaway

Not having spent time in Calistoga for years, I recently stayed a…

Plumpjack and Terroir

I have wanted to visit Plumpjack Winery in Oakville, Calif., for some…

Tasting Tensley Wines

My first impression was that Joey Tensley is one laid back dude.…

Pairing Imagery

Life is good. On a Tuesday evening, I explored the emerging Dogpatch…

Richard Longoria Wines

Years ago, while enjoying a dinner with friends at the Ballard Inn…

Sonoma’s Auteur

It’s Oscar season, and the term “auteur” will undoubtedly be used to…

The Wines of Corbieres

Last year, while dining with friends at Chez David in Castelnaudary, France,…

Charbono! Calistoga keeps varietal alive and well

Calistoga in north Napa Valley is a distinctive place to visit with…

Mumm’s the Word

There is the intriguing story of how Mumm Napa Estate was established…

Where’s WALT?

Vintners Craig and Kathryn Walt Hall, purveyors of fine Napa Valley cabernet…

Rusack’s Island Wines

A few miles from the town of Solvang, in north Santa Barbara…

Sojourn in Sonoma

The Sonoma Square is a peaceful place. I’m rarely in a hurry…

Merlot makes a comeback

Attitudes toward merlot suffered after Miles Raymond proclaimed, “I’m not drinking any…

Wines for Dessert

While entertaining during this season, many are ditching the traditional apple or…

The Breadth of Turley Wines

Years ago, I wrote an article, titled “A California Zinfandel Tour,” that…

Why Gruner Veltliner?

Just when we’ve become comfortable with the pronunciation and flavors of chardonnay,…

Tasting ‘Sonoma Strong’

Sonoma County has experienced tragedy from the recent fires. There was loss…