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

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. 

Wine Country on the Move?

Apr 15, 2013
Flickr user Jennifer Woodard Maderazo

It is the iconic image of Napa and Sonoma -- neat rows of grapevines. But how long will it last? As temperatures  rise, scientists warn many classic wine growing regions will become less viable. At the same time, new land will become ripe for grape growing, possibly creating problems for the wildlife currently there. As KRCB's Danielle Venton  reports, climate scientists and wine makers say now is the time to start preparing.