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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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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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Women Who Lead

Trying times have a way of bringing out the best in people, and the North Bay’s women more than showed their mettle when wildfires tore through parts of Napa and Sonoma counties in October 201...

9-1-1 What is Your Emergency

Until there’s an emergency, you don’t give much thought to the trained professionals who work in our local dispatch centers. Dial 9-1-1 in the North Bay and you can count on reaching a h...

Todays Working Moms

For working mothers today, much of the stigma previous generations dealt with such as being viewed as unstable, unreliable, or not loyal in the workplace, are gone—having been replaced with em...

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