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Wine is weird. After grapes are plucked from vines, cleaned and crushed (or not), they're ready for fermentation. Eukaryotic microorganisms go in, consume sugar, and burp out carbon dioxide and alcohol.


Sacramento native and former San Francisco Giants manager Dusty Baker's winery will open a tasting room across from Bike Dog Brewing in a West Sacramento industrial park.


According to Secret Witness, the shooter was identified as 24-year-old Mariano Perez. Perez was ultimately arrested. Perez was tried for murder; however, the jury trial was declared a mistrial after the jury was unable to reach a verdict. Authorities believe there were other persons involved in Dulcich's murder and the investigation continues.


alifornia almonds, which cater to about 80 per cent of the global demand, have fully recovered from a four-year drought that ended in 2016, with the harvest returning to record levels this year, according to growers and promoters of the resilient crop


The county informed property owners Aug. 24 it does not have the expertise or the money to actively manage groundwater use in portions of Kern where no other management authority exists. It encouraged them to join a local water district or form their own management organization, either of which would be expected to come up with a plan for making the practice sustainable.


Robust supplies of California table grapes and almonds are being met with sluggish prices that people in the industry say result at least partly from a trade war that has spawned steep tariffs - in China, 50 percent on the price of almonds, 53 percent on grapes - and opened opportunities for competitors in other countries.


Increasing Chinese demand will partially offset the effects of the tariffs. Fueled mostly by China and India, the Asian Pacific middle class will expand from 2 billion people in 2020 to 3.5 billion by 2030, according to Rabobank fruit analysts David Magana and Roland Fumasi, who wrote the study


Tim Holt from E&J Gallo Winery provides perspective on what growers should be looking for


Highway Patrol Officers said the driver was going too fast and missed the turn, causing the truck and one trailer to turn over. A load of grapes spilled to the side of the road next to a vineyard.


A boisterous rally Monday sent a message to the state to keep its hands off the water rights of communities in the Central Valley and reconsider a new water allocation plan that won't be effective in restoring salmon in rivers


The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District warned of poor air quality in Stanislaus, Merced, Madera, Fresno, Tulare, Kings and Kern counties, the east side of the San Joaquin Valley and the Sierra Nevada and foothill areas due to smoke from the Ferguson fire.


"Aside from south Central Valley product, for international buyers there are potential opportunities on Central Coast Cabernet and other reds from this appellation, and on good quality Washington State reds. The coming south Valley crop is projected to be of good size and of above-average quality. California is able to offer stably-priced, good quality wines on long-term contracts, and is competitively-priced on red"


Technology Deployed to Monitor Bodily Response: Respiration, Skin conductance or electrodermal activity, Facial expressions measured using electromyography ...


"For the overall grape industry in San Joaquin - although it is very early in the season - we do see at this point in time close-to-record or above-record type numbers hanging in the vineyard"


Featuring "Pose" star Mj Rodriguez and LGBTQ civil rights trailblazer Richard Leitsch, the documentary amplifies diverse stories of the LGBTQ community and speaks to the importance of finding chosen family


Tehachapi Winery is in the process of securing permits so that it can produce its first batch of wine on-site in the fall to be exported to Asia.


Central California is slowly collapsing under its own weight as farmers suck out groundwater, emptying vast subterranean aquifers and disrupting one of the state's key water-delivery networks. ... One of the casualties is the Friant-Kern Canal, a gravity-operated concrete waterway that stretches 152 miles down the valley's eastern side, supplying Fresno and smaller cities as well as thousands of farmers.


The headlines about a huge new regulatory proposal for the upper San Joaquin River have me thinking about all of California's rivers, the water rights Farm Bureau members hold and use on those rivers, and a concept called "reasonable use."


Having received little to no water from the federal Central Valley Project in recent drought years, farmers in a western Stanislaus County irrigation district have partnered with cities to purchase tertiary-treated recycled water, to help secure a more certain water supply.


By limiting water sent to cities and farms and keeping more for fish, the proposal by the State Water Resources Control Board's staff likely will ignite a round of lawsuits and political squabbles. Critics immediately pounced on the plan, saying it will take some of the nation's most fertile farmland out of production and harm the Central Valley economy

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