Fifteen years ago, St. Helena wine writer Karen MacNeill published the first edition of The Wine Bible. She’s now updated it to incorporate a world of changes.

   Beyond extension sections focused on varietals and a global roster of wine-growing regions, Karen MacNeill also addresses a number of questions about buying, storing and serving wine in her updated volume. Also a few myths, such as whether or not women are more perceptive tasters.

#OptOutside: Some People Take A Hike On Black Friday

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  ALSO: As parents get ready for the holiday shopping season, the California Public Interest Research Group is warning of potentially dangerous toys.

Today's reporting by Ed Joyce and Ben Bradford.

CalPERS Discloses More Private Equity Payments

Nov 25, 2015

  ALSO: The rate of kids dying from drug overdoses has sharply increased in California over the last 12 years.

Today's reporting by Ben Bradford and Katie Orr.

Understanding Roots

Nov 24, 2015

  What we see growing in our gardens and landscapes is only part of what’s actually happening there. So effective cultivation requires Understanding Roots.  

As the importance of fungi in the soil has become more widely recognized, commercial products have come onto the market offering “inoculants” to be added to yards and gardens. But Robert Kourik warns they may do more harm than good.

Community Choice Power Coming Under Fire

Nov 24, 2015
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  Community Choice Aggregation--the alternative power service model now being used in Sonoma and Marin Counties--is under attack by San Diego's major utility, even as other cities are moving toward adopting it. Suzanne Potter rep0rts.

  ALSO: Student suspension rates in California school districts are falling – and a new study suggests that schools issuing fewer suspensions see stronger student achievement.

Today's reporting by Chris Nichols and Ben Adler.

The scenic splendor and abundant wildlife are just part of the story of the Sonoma Coast in Simone Wilson’s new book. Her focus is also on the people who love it.

Simone Wilson has been exploring the Sonoma County coast for several decades, and has a number of favorite spots that she regularly returns to.

California Jobs Report Vastly Improved This Month

Nov 23, 2015

  ALSO: A state lawmaker from Fresno says the private sector has written off California's bullet train as a bad investment, and is "unwilling" to fund the project. Politifact asks, is that true?

Today's reporting by Ben Adler and Chris Nichols.

With two dozen books on food and cooking to her credit already, Michele Anna Jordan now divides her time between savoring new projects and updating past works.

  Unlike celebrity chefs, who produce beautiful but impractical coffee table books, Jordan writes hers for people who want to increase their culinary confidence through experimentation.

In More than Meatballs, Jordan says she was out to "feminize" the subject.

Michele Anna Jordan’s radio program, Mouthful, can be heard weekly on KRCB, Sunday evenings at 6 pm.

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  ALSO: The University of California seeks funding to increase its undergraduate population by about 5 percent.

Today's reporting by Ed Joyce and Ben Bradford.