Mike Benziger | Water Wizard

Story: David Bolling Photos: Steven Krause Winemaking is a kind of alchemy because, at a fundamental level, it involves turning water into wine. A lot of water. UC Davis professor Larry Williams studied a test plot of chardonnay grapes in Carneros and calculated that irrigated vines required a little over…

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Uncertain SDC

Story & Photos: David Bolling The state says the developmental center has to close by 2018, but no one knows where to put the residents, how much it will cost or how many will die.  Midway across the Harney Street Bridge over Sonoma Creek, centered more or less in the…

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VOMM Makeover — Nancy King

Photos: Steven Krause When Nancy King was a kid, her mother would put a bowl over her head and cut off whatever hair stuck out. “Which is why,” King explained as she settled into the cozy embrace of Terry Sue Harms’ salon chair, “after that I grew my hair down…

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Water in the Valley of the Moon

Story Jonah Raskin In Roman PolanskI’s Chinatown—arguably the coolest movie ever made about the murky political world of H2O—private eye Jake Gittes never unravels the homicide of Hollis Mulwray, the chief engineer for the L.A. Department of Water and Power. The case unravels him. “Forget it, Jake, it’s Chinatown,” says…

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A Badger Family Affair

Story & Photos: David Bolling True story: In 2010, Pam Hamel, wife of former investment firm COO George Hamel Jr., stumbled across a bizarre store on Valencia Street in San Francisco’s Mission District that would later figure into the identity of a new Glen Ellen winery. Called Paxton Gate, the…

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