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With vineyard labor scarce, Napa growers warm up to machines

One warm June morning a rumble began at Hudson Vineyards. Dull at first, the low automatic hum grew, pulsing louder and closer as Kelly MacLeod searched the rolling rows of the Carneros ranch for its ... read more

Food Dude: Learning to love artichokes

Data is scarce, but the phrase ... A full canasta can weigh up to 100 pounds in the spring when the artichokes are at their heaviest. Once the canasta is full, the artichokes are taken to a field-pack ... read more

Island Wine -- A Half Dozen Wineries Stretch From Lopez To Vashon

Most have tasting rooms where you can pick up a bottle or two for that ... Ironically, a part of Washington's wine grape industry began on an island. Before the turn of the century early grape growers ... read more

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Lilly immediately slashed earnings estimates for late 2001 and early 2002, and when the stock opened up again ... kill a vineyard in one year, so that's why the glassy-winged is so devastating compare... read more


2008 Holiday Host Guide: On A Roll

Likewise, access to the country’s most skilled torcedores (cigar rollers) and tabacaleros (tobacco growers and dealers ... long compared their products to wine, have finally taken a cue from vintners ... read more

Dear Del Monte

Dear Sirs, What is wrong with Asparagus Spears that would make them so soft and mushy after you put cheese sauce on them to serve for guests? — Complaint letter to Del Monte Corporation It was the clo... read more

Weekend Calendar (Oct. 7-9)

Blind from birth, Medema plays up to 200 concerts a year ... Tickets are $16 in advance (20 and younger pays $11); or $20 at the door, which includes a wine tasting for those 21 and older. A free Film... read more

Yolo County Officials Fight To Slow Down Norovirus Outbreak

Kristin Weivoda heads up Emergency Medical Services for the County and explains ... Weivoda says the key is washing hands with soap and warm water because the antibacterial products don't work. She al... read more

Water in California: Too Scarce, or Just Underpriced?

Alex Tabarrok at Marginal Revolution blog has a good roundup on why people think that, why it isn't necessarily true, and why ignoring price when it comes to rationing scarce things is a terrible idea ... read more

Vineyards brace for effects of drought, warm weather

January’s unseasonably warm weather is waking up ... by labor shortages to get the work done in a shortened time. The frost season, which typically runs through April, presents another problem for ear... read more

Banning Putin from the G20 isn't that simple

There are no rules on membership or revoking membership. Decisions are based on consensus. As such, it is not really up to Australia to decide not to invite a G20 member to a summit. This was made cle... read more

Water or Wine? California’s Drought and Water Competition

As climate change heats up ... vineyard development of steep, timbered watershed lands, where water is scarce, should be denied.” The Sebastopol City Council on February 3 voted 5-0 to recommend to So... read more



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