JCB and the Magic of Mystical Winemaking

Dynamization, energy grids and the mystery of geomancy. Story David Bolling Photos Steven Krause   We are seated in something vaguely reminiscent of the Peacock Throne, that fabled seat of the Mughal emperors, although we are nowhere near Delhi and there are no diamonds or gold leaf in the lush…

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Settling Down While Climbing Up

Kevin Jorgeson continues to climb, in a lot of new directions. Story David Bolling Kevin Jorgeson was in Bulgaria recently, sitting in a taxi, when he did something completely out of character. He buckled his seat belt. This is the same Kevin Jorgeson who free-climbed the Dawn Wall of El…

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Farming Caviar

From Moscow to the Delta in search of little fish eggs. Story David Bolling Photos Steven Krause Moscow, 1989. I am sitting in the back of a Lada, the Soviet-era “people’s car” about which one popular joke asked, “What’s the difference between a golf ball and a Lada?” The punch…

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Handmade Vodka in Carneros

Hanson tasting room opens at Ceja Vineyards. Photos Steven Krause A few years ago, one member of a Sonoma Valley winemaking family explained why he was dipping his corporate toe into the boutique spirits pond. “Do you know what my pre-tax profit margin is on a $20 bottle of wine?”…

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Chasing the Dream

Budget baseball is still a narrow path to big league glory. Story Kelli Anderson   Photos Steven Krause & David Bolling It’s 10 p.m. on a mid-June evening at Arnold Field, about 20 minutes after the end of a Sonoma Stompers 3-2 comeback win over the San Rafael Pacifics. The PA…

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