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Cover Story: Riding Herd

Jared Huffman’s been taking it on the chin from a few wilderness-promoting environmental groups after he announced, in late August, that he’d co-sponsored a...

Cluster’s Pluck

 At a time when craft brewers are chasing the latest trends in new, trademarked hop varieties to juice up their juicy IPAs, some in...

Cover Story: Underground Ag

 Olamae Combellack was four years old in 1924 when she arrived in Napa from Grand Prairie, Texas, with her mother and 10 siblings. The...

Upfront: The Smoke Filled State

Last Wednesday afternoon, I was perched at the home office in deep West Marin when my nose got that familiar little tickle going. Say...

Swirl: Groovy Grav

Sonoma County heritage apple unlikely hero of craft ciderHere’s a bit of an irony about the heritage Gravenstein apple, darling of Sonoma County’s...

The Nugget: Fickle Fusion

Symposium plays matchmaker for wine, weedKeynote speaker Dr. Bill Silver kicked off the second annual North Coast Wine & Weed Symposium by conjuring a...

Dining: Time of Plenty

With stone fruit, melons and ears of corn filling up market stalls and produce sections, there is no doubt it’s summertime in the North...

Upfront: Full Measure

This spring, reporters from around the world descended on Napa County, not to write about Cabernet, Viognier and fine cuisine, but to track a...

Cover Story: Cream Dreams

“We’re not for sale,” says Albert Straus, as pints of soft, mushy coffee ice cream come down the conveyor belt at Petaluma’s Straus Family...

Feature Story: Leave it to Beavers…

Bill Ostrander was showing his brother-in-law around his Kenwood vineyard one summer day last year when the tour turned totally horror-show, from the perspective...