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Insight With Beth Ruyak

The Best Wines For Your Holiday Gathering

November 14, 2018

Wine expert Rick Kushman gives suggestions for holiday wines.

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Food and Sustainability

Walnut Trees Can Handle Water ‘Stress’ And Still Thrive, Study Finds

October 23, 2018 | Julia Mitric | Julia Mitric

UC Davis researchers say they’ve found a way for walnut growers to irrigate more efficiently and still keep up their crop yields.

Joe Proudman / UC Davis

Food and Sustainability

When Does Smoke Actually Result In Tainted Wine Grapes? It’s Complicated.

October 17, 2018 | Julia Mitric | Julia Mitric

In the wake of 2017’s devastating wildfires, California’s growers and winemakers are worried about grapes exposed to smoke. The industry is funding a UC Davis researcher to study “smoke taint” to find out what can be done.

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Food and Sustainability

California Growers Adjust Safety Practices After Last Year's Deadly E. Coli Outbreak

October 5, 2018 | Julia Mitric | Julia Mitric

A group that oversees food safety programs for big California lettuce growers has changed its protocols in the wake of an E. coli outbreak last spring which caused five deaths and sickened more than 200 people across 36 states.

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

Food and Sustainability

Small Lot Vintners In The Sacramento Delta Write A New Chapter For Chenin Blanc

September 26, 2018 | Julia Mitric | Julia Mitric

White wine made from grapes grown in the city’s backyard is having a resurgence. In the ’70s and ’80s, chenin blanc came to be known as a filler for cheap boxed wine. But now, a handful of small-scale vintners are building a new rep for the grape.

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Insight With Beth Ruyak

Chenin Blanc Grapes Are Making A Comeback In The Sacramento Region

September 26, 2018

CapRadio Food and Sustainability Reporter Julia Mitric tells us about the makeover of chenin blanc, a varietal that gained a reputation as a "sweet boxed wine" in the '70s and '80s.

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Food and Sustainability

Yolo County Boosts CalFresh Enrollment Among UC Davis Students In Need

September 18, 2018 | Julia Mitric | Julia Mitric

Nearly a third of Californians eligible for food stamps don't receive those benefits. In Yolo County, that includes college students. The county is now using a mix of high- and low-tech strategies to reach them.

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Food and Sustainability

Sacramento’s Best Burger? Pangaea Bier Cafe Sweeps Annual Burger Battle Contest

September 14, 2018 | Nick Miller | Nick Miller

Sacramento’s top restaurants — think The Waterboy, Magpie, Canon and Empress Tavern — competed last night in the seventh annual competition. Pangaea took home the top prizes.