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Wine Spectator Learning Center
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The new Wine Spectator Learning Center is open on the Sonoma State campus in Rohnert Park. The facility aims to introduce a new generation to skills needed for the wine business, while sharpening the capabilities of those in mid-career.

This week Mouthful welcomes Gibson Thomas, publisher and editor of Edible Marin/Wine Country magazine, and Leilani Clark, editor of Made Local magazine. What does it take to keep a print publication viable today and what, exactly, does local mean to these two hardworking women? You'll hear all about it on Mouthful, Smart Talk About Food, Wine & Farming, with host and producer Michele Anna Jordan.

Sunday evening at 6, Mouthful welcomes several guests from Summerfield Waldorf School & Farm, who will share details about the upcoming Farm to Feast celebration, taking place on May 19 under the walnut tree on the farm. You'll hear from students, teachers, gardeners and more.

Tune in Sunday evening at 6 when Mouthful is all about Petaluma Drinks, an upcoming self-guided tasting. Guests include New Lawton of Ethic Ciders, Erin Hines of Bitter Girl Bitters, Lorraine Barber of Barber Cellars Winery, and Jake of Dempsey's Restaurant & Brewery. 

Petaluma Drinks, Sunday evening at 6 on Mouthful, Smart Talk About Food, Wine, & Farming with host Michele Anna Jordan - on KRCB-FM Radio 91.

Wildfires raged across Northern California in October, burning through the state’s famed Napa and Sonoma wine regions. In all, more than 170 blazes ripped across an area the size of Maryland and Delaware combined. Scores awoke to flames at their doors, and 44 people were killed in the deadliest fire event in state history.  

Rosie Zuniga
KRCB/Steve Mencher

Sonoma State recently announced that 15 students have been awarded up to $10,000 each to continue their studies. The new Wine Industry Scholars Program joins the school’s Educational Opportunity Program and its Wine Business Institute to support students in the first generation of their families to attend college.

Acorns
The Oak Granary

When the October firestorms swept through Redwood Valley in Mendocino County, the innovative Frey family winery on Tomki Road lost vehicles, equipment, homes and a barn full of goats. In December, Katrina Frey welcomed volunteers bearing acorns onto the burned land around the dormant vines.

Tune in Sunday evening, December 10 at 6 pm  for a very delicious hour of Mouthful! Heather of Heather's Custom Meats of Santa Rosa will be discussing  her special holiday cuts, farming practices, and more. Rob Akins of Olive Queen olive oil joins in with tastes of his just-pressed Olio Nuovo, the world's freshest olive oil. 

Listen every Sunday evening at 6 for Mouthful, smart talk about food, wine, and farming with host Michele Anna Jordan on KRCB-FM Radio 91. 

Wine label
Frey Vineyards

Four generations of the Frey family live and work at their winery in Redwood Valley. It was the first organic and biodynamic winery to open in the U.S. The October wildfires destroyed many structures on the site, while sparing most of the vineyards and the main house on the property. From KQED’s The California Report, April Dembosky takes us to the vineyard where the family is trying to figure out how to rebuild its business.

What is biodynamic farming and why should you care? For answers, tune in this evening at 6, when Mouthful welcomes Elizabeth Candelario, director of Demeter USA. She'll explore the principles of the philosophy and also discuss the upcoming Demeter USA feast, taking place at DeLoach Vineyards on Saturday, October 7th. 

This evening at 6:00 pm on Mouthful - Smart Talk about Food, Wine, & Farming with host Michele Anna Jordan - on KRCB FM, Radio 91!

KRCB-FM Radio 91 welcomes The Monophonics to Cloverdale's Friday Night Live at the Plaza, this Friday evening! The street fair opens at 6:00 pm and the music starts at 6:30 pm.
 

Food, beverages and Sonoma County wines and craft beers are available from a variety of vendors and nearby restaurants. Hand-crafted arts, crafts and other locally made items are available at the Street Fair, along with a variety of kids’ activities, to ensure there is something for everyone at Friday Night Live in Cloverdale.  
 

Tune in Sunday evening, July 30th at 6:00 pm, when Mouthful welcomes back Carmen Snyder, executive director of FarmTrails, and several others to talk about summer's sweetest little fair, the Gravenstein Apple Fair, which this year has expanded to include our precious pollinators and their luscious gift of honey.

This week on Mouthful, we look back to an archive episode about puer tea, with Larry and Yang-Su of Pure Puer in Santa Rosa. From sourcing directly from farms in the Yunnan province of China to their own aging room , Larry and Yang-Su share everything you need to know about this rare, remarkably healthy, and delicious tea.

Listen to Mouthful - Smart Talk about Food, Wine & Farming in the North Bay and Beyond, with host Michele Anna Jordan, every Sunday night at 6:00 pm on KRCB-FM Radio 91!  

Cannabis growing in field
Pavel Ševela / Wikimedia Commons

For wine consumers, appellations provide useful information about conditions where the grapes in a given bottle  were grown.  In Mendocino County  and elsewhere, cannabis growers  are now getting ready to apply the same philosophy to their products, as reporter Steve Mencher explains. 

Find out more about the Mendocino Appellations Project at their Facebook page. 

Tune in this Sunday evening at 6:00 pm, when Mouthful welcomes Lori and Snazzy Duckworth of Duckworth Farms in Sebastopol, producers of extraordinary blueberries and so much more.

Duckworth Farm, Sunday, on Mouthful, Smart Talk About Food, Wine & Farming with host Michele Anna Jordan.

Now in its 22nd year on KRCB-FM Radio 91!

This week, Deborah Madison on cooking simply, Nancy Silverton does sourdough, wine expert Stephen Meuse explains cuvée, our recipe for chipotle shrimp, and a tip for aerating red wine. 

This week, chef Ana Sortun unveils the secrets of Turkish cooking. We also take a look at a Vietnamese-style weeknight dinner with Andrea Nguyen, wine expert Stephen Meuse explores the sommelier's romance with one wine, and we'll offer our recipe for caramel oranges. Finally, Sara Moulton and Christopher Kimball take your calls.  

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Caramel Oranges  

This Sunday evening at 6, Mouthful welcomes Kitty Keller of KL Foodways, importers of specialty products and producers of a delicious selection of mustards. Joining in will be Janel Healy, talking about the upcoming IPA 10k, taking place at The Barlow on April 15. Yep, it's beer, mustard, and more, on Mouthful - Smart Talk about Food, Wine, and Farming with host Michele Anna Jordan on KRCB FM Radio 91!

Sunday evening at 6, Mouthful will feature a very special interview with a scientist working on the remarkable properties of maple syrup. There will also be some special surprises in honor of spring and our membership drive. 

Sunday from 6 to 7 pm, Mouthful - Smart Talk About Food, Wine & Farming with host Michele Anna Jordan, on KRCB FM Radio 91.

  Sunday evening at 6 pm, Nancy Wang returns to Mouthful to talk about this year's upcoming Redwood Empire Chinese Association Lunar New Year Celebration, and Evan Wiig stops by to talk about the Barn Raiser and Dancing taking place at Shone Farm.

 

New Marijuana Strains Mimic Winegrape Flavors

Dec 7, 2016

Cultivators of cannabis breed their plants for specific characteristics—potency, medicinal efficacy, even appearance. Today we meet someone whose emphasis is primarily on flavors—which can be manipulated in some divergent directions.

Cannabis has long been combined with other things in foods—brownies being a classic example. But Jay Michaels says his cross-breeding efforts have been able to simulate the tastes of some other foods—and quite a range of them.

 

Health Benefits Discovered in Wine Waste

Feb 29, 2016

If red wine is good for your heart, that’s mostly due to a compound called resveratrol, which is found in the skins of red grape varietals.  But new research suggests that powdered white grape skins may be even more beneficial.

Torey Arvick, chief scientist for WholeVine is persuaded that their testing has verified the superior health benefits of chardonnay grape flour over red varietals.

Making Better Use of Wine Waste

Feb 27, 2016
The Royal Journal of Green Chemistrty

For every pallet of wine produced in California, there is a small mountain of grape waste, called pomace. In our modern age of sustainability, new efforts are being made to find constructive uses for that byproduct.

Food products weren't what WholeVine was created to investigate, says Chief Science Officer Torey Arvick.

Their first products were cooking oils, cold-pressed from pomace that was differentiated by varietal. Arvick says the differences of the grape types remain distinctive in the oils.

Promoting the Social Marketing of Wine

Dec 3, 2015

  The 4th Annual North Coast Wine Industry Expo drew a record crowd to the Sonoma County Fairgrounds yesterday. Beyond the 600+ vendors filling the two largest buildings, the event featured a series of panels, beginning with an assessment of the State of the North Coast Wine Industry.

Updating 'The Wine Bible'

Nov 26, 2015

  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.

Microbes "scrub" winemaking wastewater

Nov 16, 2015
Bruce Robinson, KRCB

Naturally occurring bacteria are being tested as agents that can clean up waste water from winemaking, and generate a little energy in the process.

The bacteria that are being used in these tests may behave in some unusual ways, but they are naturally occurring and easy to find, says SSU Biology Professor Michael Cohen.

  They are called "electrogenic" microbes due to a bio-chemical process through which they can create a small electric current. Cohen explains how that happens.

Kanaye Nagasawa’s Journey to Fountaingrove

Nov 5, 2015

  An early Sonoma County businessman and winemaker arrived here through a most unusual set of circumstances, which are chronicled in a new exhibit at Santa Rosa’s downtown History Museum.

This Sunday at 6 p.m., Mouthful holds a freewheeling conversation with host Michele Anna Jordan, engineer Mike Young and you! That's right, Mouthful wants you to weigh in with a phone call, a Facebook post or an email with your request, question or opinion. Topics to be explored include newly-released cookbooks, the county's current harvest of fruit and vegetables and a stunning documentary on the wild salmon of North America, along with anything you want to talk about.

Reexamining Prohibition's Legacy

Nov 13, 2014

  In the 81 years since Prohibition ended, winemaking in California and the United States has made a remarkable recovery. In fact, says documentarian Carla De Luca Worfolk, the long dry years actually set the stage for those gains.

   In researching the various ways that California’s grape growers were able to circumvent the restrictions imposed by Prohibition, filmmaker Carla De Luca Worfolk says she was most impressed to learn about the production and distribution of what were known as “wine bricks.”

Documenting the Grape Harvest

Oct 12, 2014

 

  Growing grapes is a form of farming. Making wine is a quite different process. The bridge between the two is the harvest, which has a drama all its own.

 

John Beck's previous short documentary was Worst in Show, about the Ugliest Dog Contest in Petaluma.  Harvest will be shown on KRCB television twice in October: at 9 pm on Monday the 13th, repeating at 11 pm on Sunday the 19th. You can view a trailer for the film below.

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