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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.  

Recipe  

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.

Coastal California Owes Much to its Famous Fog

Aug 7, 2014
image courtesy of Flickr user Volker Neumann

Rolling coastal fog is part of the fabric of life near the Pacific Ocean. These low, damp clouds cool the area, while supporting agriculture and wildlife. Researchers are now working on measuring the value of fog, even as climate change makes its future uncertain.  

 

New Mountaintop AVA Builds Community

Jun 19, 2014
Examiner.com

High altitude isolation defines the newest grape-growing appellation in the North Bay, which has also forged a sense of community among those who live and work there.

Find out more about the history and farmers in the Pine Mountain-Cloverdale Peak area at the AVA's website.

Wine Tasting may Soon be Allowed at Farmers Markets

Jun 13, 2014
Flickr user Michael Porter

In Wine Country, tasting opportunities seem to be here, there and everywhere. That may soon include your local farmers market. 

Wine Brand Takes on Student Load Debt

Apr 28, 2014

  Can profit sharing with a worthy cause be an effective way to establish a new brand?  The man behind Terra Fossil wines is betting it is.

  Terra Fossil Wines founder Greg Leib readily admits he is a marketer, not a wine maker. But he’s looking to partner with California vintners to expand his impact—and his profit-sharing.

$1M Gift Boosts SSU's Wine Business Institute

Jan 9, 2014
Wine Business Institute

  Since it was created in 1995, the Wine Business Institute at Sonoma State has grown to be a busy part of the University’s Business School. It now has more than 150 full-time students and many more participating in specialized professional development programs. This week, the Institute announced a financial boost that will help it grow further, and that’s the subject of today’s Exchange.  

"A Man and His Mountain"

Nov 25, 2013

Kendall-Jackson wines are far better known than the man behind them. A new biography of Jess Jackson tells the story of the vintner and his accomplishments.

A Man and His Mountain marks the first time that author Edward Humes turned his attention to a biography.  He reflects that it was a project quite different from his long-form journalistic books.

 

Vineyards Respond to Climate Change

Nov 14, 2013

  Global warming poses a real and serious threat to California’s wine industry, but vineyards throughout the state—and other agricultural lands—can also take steps to blunt the pace of climate change.

  It is increasingly clear, says Ted Lemon, co-owner of Littorai Wines in Sebastopol, that monoculture farming has not succeeded in feeding the world, so a new approach is clearly needed.

New Vineyard Pest Approaching from the North

Aug 18, 2013

Conventional pesticides are highly effective in combating a new vineyard pest that has already worked its way south as far as Hopland. But for organic growers, it can pose a much bigger problem.

Winemakers Prep for Climate Change

Apr 16, 2013
Flickr user Jessica Wilson

The art of making wine is tied intimately to land and the climate. Changing weather patterns, with hotter, drier growing periods, will call on North Coast growers to adapt. As KRCB’s Danielle Venton reports, wine makers are already experimenting with techniques that will enable them to make great wine for many years to come. 

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