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Environment

Wildfires Hit Napa, Sonoma Before Grape Harvest Complete

October 10, 2017 | Julia Mitric

Sonoma and Napa Counties have been hit hard by unforgiving wildfires that continue to ravage Northern California. It's too early to gauge the economic toll on the region's famed wine industry.

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Food and Sustainability

As Labor Scarcity Grows, High-End Vineyards Embrace Machine Harvest

October 9, 2017 | Julia Mitric

Field labor is in short supply in California. While many of the state’s high-end wine grape growers still rely on the tradition of hand-picking, others are integrating machines into the vineyards and they say it may yield better quality grapes.

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Food and Sustainability

As Wine Grape Harvest Begins, Calif. Growers Face Ongoing Farmworker Shortage

August 15, 2017 | Julia Mitric

As California's wine grape harvest gets underway, the majority of it will be done by machine. But even as growers face ongoing labor shortages, mechanization isn't a cure-all for growers in every region.

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Insight With Beth Ruyak

Kushman By The Bottle: Not All Malbec Wines Are Created Equal

August 9, 2017 | Chris Remington

Wine expert Rick Kushman stops by to talk about Malbec wines and how the summer heat spikes balance out the wet winter storms.

Insight With Beth Ruyak

Why The California State Fair Is Good For The Wine Industry

July 12, 2017 | Rick Kushman

Wine expert Rick Kushman talks about why the California State Fair, surprisingly to some, is a win for the wine industry.

Winegrape Growers Taking Extra Measures To Protect Vineyards During Heat Wave

June 22, 2017 | Rich Ibarra

The high temperatures can be a bust or a boon to what goes into the barrel.

Insight With Beth Ruyak

Harvest Time Brings Out Smell Of Wine And Must At California Wineries

May 17, 2017 | Rick Kushman

Rick Kushman, local wine expert, talks about harvest season and a vineyard tour he will lead at Iron Hub Winery in Amador County.

Insight With Beth Ruyak

What Has Recent Weather Done For (Or Against) California Vineyards?

March 15, 2017

How has recent rain and warmer temperature affected California vineyards? Wine expert Rick Kushman explains on Insight.

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Insight With Beth Ruyak

Early Grape Harvest Might Mean Slight Price Increase For Higher-End Wines

January 25, 2017

Rick Kushman returns for the first Kushman By the Bottle of the year talking about an early grape harvest and a vineyard tour he is leading in September.

Insight With Beth Ruyak

Rick Kushman Describes Best Wines For Holiday Meals

November 23, 2016

Resident wine expert Rick Kushman has a lot of advice to offer in this week's Kushman By the Bottle. His advice ranges from what wines pair best with certain meals and how to prevent "snobby" wine drinkers from putting a damper on your holidays.

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