California wines

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As California's wine grape harvest gets under way, most of it will be done by machine.  But as growers face ongoing labor shortages, mechanization isn't a cure-all.  Capital Public Radio's Julia Mitric reports.

NorCal Wildfires Spare Local Wineries

Sep 23, 2015
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Both the Butte and Valley fires in northern California were in areas with vibrant wine industries.  Fortunately vineyards in both areas were relatively unscathed by the flames.  As Capital Public Radio's Lesley McClurg reports smoke damage is now the concern.

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You may soon be able to buy a bottle of your favorite craft whiskey when you visit a distillery tasting room in California.  Capital Public Radio's Katie Orr reports on a bill that advanced in the Legislature yesterday (Tuesday).

Wine Cork Producers Battle Back Against Screw Caps

Mar 3, 2015
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In recent years, a growing number of wine makers have been screw caps instead of natural corks.  The trend worries national cork producers who have mounted an ad campaign targeting Northern California wine buyers.  Capital Public Radio's Leslie McClurg considers what's the best seal for your bottle.