No winemaker wants to hear that he makes great vinegar, unless he’s Bradley Alderson.

Here are several suggestions to sip in garden or on deck through the real spring.

Pinot noirs from the Willamette Valley winery are at home in Sacramento.

For cabernet sauvignon, Alexander Valley shines, but wines from Washington’s from Horse Heaven Hills also stand out.

Farmer Ron Mansfield is at or near the top of short list of people responsible for El Dorado County’s standing as a fine-wine region.

In keeping with her Lodi winery’s name, Susan Tipton surrenders to the grape.

Robert Morse is finally leaping over the high bar he set for himself.

At 44 inductees, a place of honor for the wine industry is abruptly on hold.

Hope for a troubled site in the foothills

The Lodi vintners have a popular new attraction, the more affordable Lodi cabernet Freakshow.

Berkeley couple finds its winemaking niche in the foothills.

During my first visit to the Finger Lakes in west-central New York a decade ago, I shipped home to California several bottles of wine.

Wine enthusiasts never have had it better in the range of reading to inform them.

An inside joke leads to the name of one of the signature chardonnays to distinguish the Santa Cruz Mountains.

A UC Davis collection of zinfandel vines has grown to two and a half acres in Napa Valley.

The best a wine enthusiast can hope for in seeking guidance is to get it from someone inquisitive, open-minded, and eager to learn of wine.

This year’s most notable bubbles have a lot going for them.

Perfectly poised for the holidays

A food scientist’s benchmark cabernet sauvignon

The name is just the start with this celebrated sparkling wine.

Sixth-generation family member is committed to showing that Livermore valley isn’t a punch line.

Winery spreads its influence with a new focus in Amador County

Charbay Artisan Distillery & Winery's portfolio of wines and spirits is pretty extensive, running to nearly 40 products. What’s more, they already are making a big splash critically and commercially in the world of adult beverages.

Vintners flock to Ann Kraemer’s remote vineyard and then widely interpret the grapes.

Oregon vintners are intent to show the grape is at home there as it is in areas with which it is more closely affiliated.

A footnote to California’s wine history.

Brothers plant their cabernet dreams in Paso Robles soil.

Lake County might want to embrace and promote enthusiastically the grape clearly is most at home on its plains, slopes and ridges.

For Ted Bennett and Deborah Cahn, their first love remains crisply refreshing Alsatian wines.

Amateur turns commercial in Fiddletown area.

Frank and Teena Hildebrand have faith and a biodynamic regimen.

Borrowing fitting terminology from beloved tequila, Borjóón Winery lays down wines worthy of the attention their getting.

Did the weather conditions of 2010 affect style of Rutherford area cabernets?

How in the world did pinot grigio get to be the fourth-most-popular varietal wine in the United States?

Champagne is expensive, right? Champagne is for special occasions, right? Champagne is from France, right?

It happened again just the other day. An acquaintance was raving of her fondness for pinot grigio. When I suggested diplomatically that a more captivating and more vigorous white wine for summer drinking would be riesling, she exclaimed, “Yeow, riesling. They’re so sweet!”

This was no day for drinking dark red wine, or even tasting it, for that matter. All week, hyperventilating weather forecasters had been predicting the day's high could hit 110.

Sooner or later, I will stop judging wine.

With mixed feelings, Gay Callan is bracing herself to step away from the wine business.

Nearly half a century ago, a Sacramento City College English teacher, Charles Myers, got the grapes and made the wine that led to the rediscovery of Amador County's Shenandoah Valley as fine-wine territory.

On the eve of the Fourth of July, Steve Grace is scratching his head, wondering when and how "patriot" became such a loaded word.

In a vinous twist on the silly old concept of shipping coals to Newcastle, Paul and Maggie Bush are packing a couple of cases of malbec as they prepare for a Fourth of July wine tasting in the Cahors region of southwest France.

Almost as many questions as pears hover over the dark, rich soil of the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta.

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