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Winter Beckons, But Grapevines Still Need Attention

“A day without sunshine is like, you know, night.” The great comedian, actor and banjo player, Steve Martin, made that observation. And what better time to cite it than on the “shortest day” of 2015? Winter solstice is the day

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The Important Role Beer Plays in a Winegrape Harvest

California’s annual winegrape harvest typically extends well into October for certain late-ripening varietals. This year, however, it’s looking like the harvest season, which kicked off earlier than usual in August, likely also will be over much sooner than usual. One

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Valley Fire Delays Harvest at Some Lake County Estates

The pictures we’ve been seeing this week on television have been horrific: entire blocks of homes and businesses in California’s Lake County, north of Napa Valley, left in a smoldering heap, destroyed by one of the worst fires in an

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Every Vintage Tells a Story

Remember Rod Stewart’s song, “Every Picture Tells a Story,” from his 1971 album of the same name? The song tells the tale of Stewart’s adventures with various women around the world, with stops in Paris, Rome and Peking. Each encounter

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Exploring the ‘Gold Rush’ Wineries of Apple Hill

The Gravenstein, Jonathon and Gala apples are in. As October begins, Golden Delicious, McIntosh and Paula Reds are reaching full ripeness. As the days start to get cooler, Mutsu, Empire and Red Gold apples will be picked. And as November

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