Lyle Norton

Herdade do Freixo estate tasting room. (Courtesy photo)

Wines of Evora

If you ever make it to Lisbon, Portugal, plan to visit the…

Herdade do Freixo estate tasting room. (Courtesy photo)
Chateau le Puy Emilien bottle. (Courtesy photo)

The passion of Chateau le Puy

Jean Pierre Amoreau’s family has been farming grapes naturally on the same…

Chateau le Puy Emilien bottle. (Courtesy photo)
Tablas Creek General Manager and partner Jason Haas. (Courtesy photo)

Tablas Creek: Patriarch of California Rhones

Today, the Paso Robles region is known for producing the best Rhone-style…

Tablas Creek General Manager and partner Jason Haas. (Courtesy photo)
Mother and son duo Delia and Alan Viader oversee the 92-acre Viader Estate. (Courtesy photo)

The Viader Estate story

The views are both serene and spectacular, overlooking much of the Napa…

Mother and son duo Delia and Alan Viader oversee the 92-acre Viader Estate. (Courtesy photo)
Adelaida Tasting Center (courtesy photo).

Iconic Adelaida Cellars

I recently spent some time in Paso Robles visiting old favorites like…

Adelaida Tasting Center (courtesy photo).
Casablanca Valley vineyard in Chile (Courtesy image)

Chilean Pinot Noir

Aside from Burgundy in France, we, in California, enjoy the finest pinot…

Casablanca Valley vineyard in Chile (Courtesy image)
Katy Wilson is the owner and winemaker at LaRue Wines. (Courtesy photo)

Discover LaRue wines

I wondered, as I drove to meet Katy Wilson at the secluded…

Katy Wilson is the owner and winemaker at LaRue Wines. (Courtesy photo)
2016 Carlisle Sonoma Mountain Gruner Veltliner “Steiner Vineyard. (Courtesy photo)

My whites of Summer

For absolutely no logical reason, the warmer weather reminds me of my…

2016 Carlisle Sonoma Mountain Gruner Veltliner “Steiner Vineyard. (Courtesy photo)
Winemaker Rudy Von Strasser (Lyle Norton/Special to the S.F. Examiner)

Von Strasser Wines diversified

Rudy Von Strasser has been making his own wine in the Napa…

Winemaker Rudy Von Strasser (Lyle Norton/Special to the S.F. Examiner)
Steve Dutton, left, and Dan Goldfield are particularly passionate about chardonnay and pinot noir. (Courtesy photo)

Dutton-Goldfield celebrates 20 years

Winemaker Dan Goldfield is all about the area. His local neighborhood consists…

Steve Dutton, left, and Dan Goldfield are particularly passionate about chardonnay and pinot noir. (Courtesy photo)
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Pine Ridge Winery turns 40

Many years ago, I purchased a 1982 vintage of Pine Ridge Stag’s…

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The roots of Gehricke wines

Old Gehricke Road, near the town of Sonoma, is simply a strip…

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Glera vineyards in Treviso, Italy. (Courtesy photo)

Prosecco 101

The first ever National Prosecco Week was June 11-17. For those who…

Glera vineyards in Treviso, Italy. (Courtesy photo)
Winfield Vineyard supplies cabernet sauvignon stock for The Grade Cellars.  (Courtesy photo)

Fine wine from The Grade

In his 1883 memoir “The Silverado Squatters,” Robert Louis Stevenson describes traveling…

Winfield Vineyard supplies cabernet sauvignon stock for The Grade Cellars.  (Courtesy photo)
Betsy and Bill Nachbaur's 32-acre Alegria Vineyard is in the Russian River Valley. (Courtesy photo)

Uncovering Acorn Wines

My first impression of Acorn Wines came from their motto: “Estate-grown, Sustainably…

Betsy and Bill Nachbaur's 32-acre Alegria Vineyard is in the Russian River Valley. (Courtesy photo)
Rombauer Vineyards produces about 300,000 cases of wine per year — 200,000 in chardonnay alone. (Courtesy photo)

Past, present and future at Rombauer Vineyards

Beginning with the vintage 1980 Stag’s Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon and later…

Rombauer Vineyards produces about 300,000 cases of wine per year — 200,000 in chardonnay alone. (Courtesy photo)
Purple Heart winemaker John Moynier. (Courtesy photo)

Purple Heart wines salute military veterans

Memorial Day is when we honor and remember veterans, especially those who…

Purple Heart winemaker John Moynier. (Courtesy photo)
BACA Wines’ zinfandels include, from left, the Tug O’ War, Double Dutch, I Spy and Cat’s Cradle. (Courtesy BACA Wines)

BACA crafts lush, luxurious zinfandel

We entered Hall Wines in Saint Helena on a gorgeous May evening,…

BACA Wines’ zinfandels include, from left, the Tug O’ War, Double Dutch, I Spy and Cat’s Cradle. (Courtesy BACA Wines)
Ernest Vineyards currently produces 3,000 cases of wine per year. (Courtesy photo)

Good news for Ernest Vineyards

While partners in the development of Grand Cru Custom Crush in Windsor,…

Ernest Vineyards currently produces 3,000 cases of wine per year. (Courtesy photo)
Dried autumn vineyards in the Swartland wine region of South Africa. (Courtesy photo)

Swartland Wines

South African wines have garnered recognition worldwide for decades, mostly produced in…

Dried autumn vineyards in the Swartland wine region of South Africa. (Courtesy photo)