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Big Drinkers

Columnist: Richard L. Thomas
Oct, 2014 Issue

Where all the drinking is going on.


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Don't Be Tricked

Columnist: Richard L. Thomas
Sep, 2014 Issue

Perception can easily be persuaded.


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How It's Made

Columnist: Richard L. Thomas
Jul, 2014 Issue

Don’t believe everything you read on the wine label.


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As the Story Goes

Columnist: Richard L. Thomas
Jun, 2014 Issue

Don’t judge a wine by its label.


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Environmental Mayhem

Columnist: Richard L. Thomas
May, 2014 Issue

We’re not as green as we think we are.


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Water and Spirits

Columnist: Richard L. Thomas
Apr, 2014 Issue

Rich Thomas says good-bye to a friend and frets about the North Bay’s lack of water.


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Dirty Little Secrets

Columnist: Richard L. Thomas
Mar, 2014 Issue

Things most wineries don’t want to talk about.


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The Bottom of the Barrel

Columnist: Richard L. Thomas
Feb, 2014 Issue

Big wineries don’t always want to admit how they make quite a bit of their money.


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Marketing Works

Columnist: Richard L. Thomas
Jan, 2014 Issue

In wine marketing, it’s all a numbers game.


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The Real Winners

Columnist: Richard L. Thomas
Dec, 2013 Issue

The consumer is the best wine judge.


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Do You Get It?

Columnist: Richard L. Thomas
Nov, 2013 Issue

What does a wine label really say to you?


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Man vs. Machine

Columnist: Richard L. Thomas
Special Wine Issue, Oct, 2013

Rich discusses machine harvesting and stupid wine labels.


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Mother Nature's Helpers

Columnist: Richard L. Thomas
Oct, 2013 Issue

Rich discusses bottling woes, organic farming and GMOs.


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Best Harvest Ever

Columnist: Richard L. Thomas
Sep, 2013 Issue

Wine competitions and how expansion of an appellation can cause mediocrity.


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Crazy Things in Small Towns

Columnist: Richard L. Thomas
Aug, 2013 Issue

Let’s try to learn to support each other.


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Who's on Top?

Columnist: Richard L. Thomas
Jul, 2013 Issue

There’s more to brand recognition than putting the appellation on the label.


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Are You Game?

Columnist: Richard L. Thomas
Jun, 2013 Issue

Go ahead…enter some wine competitions!


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Tips of the Trade

Columnist: Richard L. Thomas
May, 2013 Issue

Rich discusses the inaugural North Coast Wine Challenge.


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More Winners

Columnist: Richard L. Thomas
Apr, 2013 Issue

Rich spots some newer trends in the wine industry and hold out hope for Mendocino County.


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The Sweet Life

Columnist: Richard L. Thomas
Mar, 2013 Issue

Rich Thomas talks trends and chances to shine.


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Wine: High-Calorie and High-Tech

Columnist: Richard L. Thomas
Feb, 2013 Issue

Rich provides weight loss tips for the New Year.


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Stiff Competition

Columnist: Richard L. Thomas
Jan, 2013 Issue

Wine competitions are getting more interesting.


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Water and Wine

Columnist: Richard L. Thomas
Dec, 2012 Issue

Political turmoil and wine for the ages.


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New Wines on the Block

Columnist: Richard L. Thomas
Nov, 2012 Issue

Now that we have some time to relax, let’s enjoy ourselves a bit.


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Won’t Back Down

Columnist: Richard L. Thomas
Special Wine Issue, Oct, 2012

Rich Thomas takes the fight back to Mendocino County.


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