Nancy Pelosi’s Napa: Wealthy Friends and a Husband’s Porsche Crash

An accident shines a light on the House speaker’s California life among the vineyards.

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Can California Tourism Survive Climate Change?

The most popular state for tourism in the U.S. endured record wildfires, drought and flooding just this year. “The rate of change has been so dramatic,” says one local scientist. “If I was the California tourism industry, I’d be really worried.”

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Embracing an Unloved Grape

Mountain Tides took on the challenge of exploring the subtleties of petite sirah, a brassy grape long used to help color and flavor wines.

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How Climate Change Hit Wine Country

If any nook of American agriculture has the means and incentive to outwit the climate crisis, it is Napa Valley. But so far, vineyards here show the limits of adapting to a warming planet.

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Scorched, Parched and Now Uninsurable: Climate Change Hits Wine Country

If any nook of American agriculture has the means and incentive to outwit the climate crisis, it is Napa Valley. But so far, vineyards here show the limits of adapting to a warming planet.

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California Looks at Curbing Construction in Wild Fire-Prone Areas

The state’s insurance regulator endorsed proposals that could reshape the real estate market, the latest sign of climate shocks hitting the economy.

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Upended by the Pandemic, Haute Chefs Move Into Hotels

Hotels not necessarily known for fine dining are drawing award-winning chefs seeking opportunities for reinvention.

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California Man Admits He Threatened Baseball Players

Benjamin Tucker Patz, who has a history of sports gambling, faces a maximum of five years in prison and up to $250,000 in fines, according to federal prosecutors in Florida.

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Stuck at Home, People Are Splurging on Wine and Spirits

Sales of wine, beer and spirits are up across the board, but “consumers are trading up and spending more,” one analyst said.

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What $3 Million Buys You in California

A Tudor Revival with seven bedrooms in Berkeley, a Craftsman bungalow with five bedrooms in San Diego and an Italianate house with four bedrooms in Napa.

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California Fires Take a Deep Toll on Wine Country

Beyond the financial cost of the destruction in Napa Valley is the emotional price, as wine that’s been nurtured from vineyard to barrel flows down the drain.

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Two Enormous California Fires Rage Unchecked in State’s Northern Counties

Tens of thousands of residents must evacuate their homes, and more than 100 wineries in Napa Valley are at risk of burning.

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In California’s Wine Country, a Familiar Threat of Smoke and Flame

Wildfires are raging across Northern California, including in Napa and Sonoma Counties, but locals are used to the danger.

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The California Wildfires in Pictures

Photographers are on the ground capturing the fast-moving fires that are spreading across the state.

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12 Summer Sparkling Wines, Because Who Needs a Reason

Beyond Champagne, excellent bubbly now comes from all over in a diversity of styles. You don’t require a special occasion to enjoy them.

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How PG&E Is Racing to Improve Safety as Fire Season Approaches

The utility, which recently emerged from bankruptcy, is upgrading power lines, trimming trees and making other changes to prevent another big fire.

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The Pandemic Work Diary of a Napa C.E.O.

The first African-American to run a major winery, Carlton McCoy spends his days making his industry more approachable and more inclusive.

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The Grapelord of Napa Faces a Threat Worse Than Plague

For 50 years, Andy Beckstoffer drove up the price of wine. Did the strategy work too well?

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Don’t Fence Me In: The Comforts of a Sheep Video

It’s the virus-era version of the perpetual yule log — a six-hour loop of grazing livestock that provides soothing balm to the shut-in.

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