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Secret Sauce

Columnist: Tim Carl
Oct, 2016 Issue

I remember getting high scores and a feature story on my wine in Wine Spectator. I was thrilled and waited for the phone to ring off the hook.


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Highest and Best Use

Author: Tim Carl
Columnist: Tim Carl
Sep, 2016 Issue

I only spent a brief amount of time at McKinsey, but even so, it changed the way I think. 


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Cork vs. Screw Cap

Author: Tim Carl
Columnist: Tim Carl
Jul, 2016 Issue

I love corks, but I think that has more to do with their natural origins and the fact they provide a certain level of tradition, theater and ceremony more than anything else.


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Thomas Jefferson's Dream

Author: Tim Carl
Columnist: Tim Carl
Jun, 2016 Issue

“Bringing wine to France is like bringing sand to a beach."


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Tourism From China Will Increase

Author: Tim Carl
May, 2016 Issue

On average, visitors from China spent $6,000 per person during trips to the United States, which was more than any of the other groups surveyed.


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Sobering News

Author: Tim Carl
Columnist: Tim Carl
Apr, 2016 Issue

If we could study how consumers were acting in 1938 we might get a better idea about where things may go for us in the near term.


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Everything Changes

Author: Tim Carl
Columnist: Tim Carl
Mar, 2016 Issue

When the only thing that is constant is change.


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Evolving Tastes?

Author: Tim Carl
Columnist: Tim Carl
Feb, 2016 Issue

Envisioning a future where grapes aren’t the biggest industry around here.


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Wine World: California's Newest Theme Park

Author: Tim Carl
Columnist: Tim Carl
Jan, 2016 Issue

Is Wine Country in danger of Disneyfication?


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Herd Mentality

Author: Tim Carl
Columnist: Tim Carl
Special Wine Issue, Dec, 2015

[Robert] Parker produced a simple method that provided busy, successful people with the ability to purchase exclusive luxury items that appealed to the American palate.


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Will Winter Bring A Super El Nino?

Author: Tim Carl
Columnist: Tim Carl
Special Wine Issue, Nov, 2015

 It’s time to assess and take action regarding potential winter flooding.


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Attack of the Robot Winemakers

Columnist: Tim Carl
Special Wine Issue, Oct, 2015

There’s something to be said for technology’s role in winemaking—but nothing can replace the human touch.


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How Many Tasting Rooms Are Enough?

Author: Tim Carl
Columnist: Tim Carl
Special Wine Issue, Oct, 2015

Normally, I lean toward the free-market side of things, but even I’m starting to wonder about the future of our downtowns.


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Water: Blood in the Veins

Columnist: Tim Carl
Sep, 2015 Issue

Our water troubles could worsen before they get better.


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Welcome to the New Vine Wise

Columnist: Tim Carl
Aug, 2015 Issue

Tim Carl introduces himself with his first Vine Wise column.


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Climate Change

Columnist: Richard L. Thomas
Dec, 2014 Issue

Will our warming temperatures become the norm?


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Sonoma County’s Agricultural Roots, Part 2

Columnist: Richard L. Thomas
Nov, 2014 Issue

Rich continues a look back on our agricultural/viticulture roots, then takes a look toward the future.


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Sonoma County's Agricultural Roots

Columnist: Richard L. Thomas
Special Wine Issue, Oct, 2014

Rich takes a look back at history and at the beginnings of SRJC’s agriculture program.


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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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Lagunitas: A Brewery With Heart

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Building A Better Path

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Catholic Charities

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