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Kunde redefines wine tasting with a view

Kunde redefines wine tasting with a view

Climbing mountains and drinking wine are two of my favorite activities. It’s not often I enjoy them at the same time. But birthdays can have a way of making the unexpected come true. As an early gift to myself I splurged ($80 plus tax) on the mountain top tasting at...

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Refreshing tennis inspired drink

Refreshing tennis inspired drink

While Champagne is always a good go-to for special occasions, sometimes it’s fun to drink something more creative. A cocktail can be so much more festive than bubbly or a glass of wine. The Honey Deuce was the ideal beverage for enjoying some great tennis. Mom and I...

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Trees from around the world line nature trail

Trees from around the world line nature trail

While I have plenty of familiarity with pulling a cork out of a wine bottle, until this summer I had never seen a cork tree. A cork oak grove is part of Bidwell Park in Chico; more precisely in the World of Trees Nature Trail off East Eighth Street. The cork trees...

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Oldest orange tree in California hails from Mexico

Oldest orange tree in California hails from Mexico

While Spanish missionaries planted the first orange trees in California in 1769, the oldest orange tree in the state resides in Oroville. She arrived in the state as a sapling from Mazatlan, Mexico, in the 1850s. Known as Mother Orange Tree, she is a California...

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Tahoe Rim Trail celebrating 40 years of wonder

Tahoe Rim Trail celebrating 40 years of wonder

Looking up at the mountains that surround Lake Tahoe it can be hard imagining circumnavigating this magnificent body of water on foot. Fortunately, people with more vision than I have figured out a way to build a single-track path around this alpine lake. While there...

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