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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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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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Focus On Inflammation

The word inflammation comes from the Latin word inflammationem, which means “a setting on fire.” Certainly anyone who has experienced the feelings of heat, redness, swelling, pain and bu...

Crisis Management & Lessons Learned

Deborah Yount received the first call at 4 a.m. on October 9. A massive wildfire was raging through north Santa Rosa and the Fountaingrove area, where Medtronic operates a facility that employs 600....

Integrative Medicine

A 40-year old Santa Rosa mom with common, everyday life stress was suffering from migraine headaches so disabling that she would lose work several times a month. “Ordinary medications hadn&rsq...

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