California wine

In this photo taken Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014, proprietor Marc Mondavi demonstrates dowsing with "diving rods" to locate water at the Charles Krug winery in St. Helena, Calif. As water supplies shrink during California’s historic drought, vineyard owners and other farmers are looking to an ancient, yet scientifically discredited, source for finding water: dowsers. Also known as water witches, dowsers use so-called “divining rods” made of copper or wood, pendulums or other items to find water deep underground using nothing more than their own intuition. Even though dowsing hasn’t held up under scientific scrutiny, according to U.S. Geological Survey, it remains a popular national past-time, especially in drought-stricken areas. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

California farmers hire dowsers to find water

ST. HELENA, Calif. (AP) — With California in the grips of drought, farmers throughout the state are using a mysterious and some say foolhardy tool for locating underground water: dowsers, or water witches. Practitioners of […]

03/02/2014

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Calif. wine-grape growers celebrate bumper crop

MODESTO, Calif. (AP) — California agriculture officials are reporting good news for wine lovers and vineyard operators alike: a record harvest of wine grapes. The Modesto Bee reports  that growers in the nation’s premier wine […]

02/15/2014

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California wine industry reports robust 2013

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – A California grape growers association says the state’s 2013 yield topped four million tons, leaving the domestic wine industry with ample supply. But worries loom about this year’s crop, as California’s […]

01/30/2014

(Photo credit: Mira Winery via Flickr)

Calif. winery experiments with aging wine in ocean

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — An experiment in the age-old art of winemaking began on Wednesday as a California winery submerged four cases of Cabernet Sauvignon in Charleston Harbor to see how the ocean affects the aging of the wine.

02/20/2013

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