Andrea Kissack

Andrea describes herself as madly in love with wine, the growing, making and drinking of it and actively pursues all three activities. She is a Senior Editor and host with KQED's science and environment multimedia series, QUEST. She has covered a number of wine-related stories during her career including: how some children of Mexican vineyard laborers are now vintners, the impact of climate change on Napa wineries and the dizzying array of eco-wine choices. When she is not working, Andrea often finds herself cycling through vineyards not just in California but along the Croatian coast and Germany's Rhine River, high in Portugal's Douro Valley and through the wine lands of South Africa's Western cape. Of course, one eventually has to get off their bike and experience the regional tastes in this case, dry eastern reds, cool crisp Rieslings, aged Tawny Port and lush, acidic Chenin Blancs. Anyone thirsty?

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7 Sips: Local Summer Wines Under $20

7 Sips: Local Summer Wines Under $20

| August 1, 2013 | 0 Comments

There are so many good summer wines but not to overwhelm, here are 7 that caught my fancy this summer. You can sip them by the pool (um, not allowed at city pools), drink with a summer salad or pair with foods hot off the grill. You should also be able to find these wines without having to make a trip to the winery. Have a favorite local summer wine? Tell us.

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Today’s Winemakers Put Livermore Valley Vineyards Back On The Map

Today’s Winemakers Put Livermore Valley Vineyards Back On The Map

| August 28, 2012 | 0 Comments

Livermore Valley, in the middle of a winemaking renaissance, celebrates its 31st Annual Harvest Wine Celebration Labor Day weekend (Sunday & Monday).

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Dogpatch WineWorks Is Open For Tasting

Dogpatch WineWorks Is Open For Tasting

| June 29, 2012 | 0 Comments

One of San Francisco’s newest urban wineries opens a tasting room in the Dogpatch.

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Top 5 Local Wines that Made the Cut at Pinot Days

Top 5 Local Wines that Made the Cut at Pinot Days

| June 26, 2012 | 0 Comments

Pinotphiles turned up in droves to taste their favorite grape at San Francisco’s Pinot Days. I went in search of local, undiscovered gems and found several which I have narrowed down to five, all south of fifty bucks (often the bottom line for a really good bottle of Pinot).

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Chardonnay: The Queen of California Whites Turns 100 at Wente

Chardonnay: The Queen of California Whites Turns 100 at Wente

| March 8, 2012 | 1 Comment

Time to raise a glass to this country’s most popular grape. California Chardonnay turns 100.

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Petite Sirah for the 99 Percent

Petite Sirah for the 99 Percent

| February 2, 2012 | 0 Comments

There’s nothing petite about Eric Cohen’s Petite Sirah’s or his passion for social justice.

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Small Lot Holiday Wine Winners

Small Lot Holiday Wine Winners

| December 20, 2011 | 1 Comment

Small wine producers rate big this holiday season.

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Shhh, Greg La Follette’s Pinot Noirs Are Talking

Shhh, Greg La Follette’s Pinot Noirs Are Talking

| November 21, 2011 | 0 Comments

Sonoma winemaker Greg La Follette listens to his Pinot Noirs. As a result, they have a lot to say.

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What I Did At Wine Camp

What I Did At Wine Camp

| October 25, 2011 | 0 Comments

Grape harvest is in full production and so are a number of Crush Camps, or harvest experiences, that give vinophiles a chance to do hands on winemaking.

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Edible Education 101:  Sugar Is Not So Sweet After All

Edible Education 101: Sugar Is Not So Sweet After All

| October 6, 2011 | 5 Comments

UC Berkeley students hear about the evils of sugar at popular food politics class.

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Toast To The End Of The Dry Days At Cal Academy’s Prohibition NightLife

Toast To The End Of The Dry Days At Cal Academy’s Prohibition NightLife

| September 21, 2011 | 0 Comments

Celebrate the prohibition era with a sneak preview of Ken Burns’ new documentary and wine tasting at Cal Academy NightLife.

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Stark’s Steakhouse Chef Loses 55 Pounds on Caveman Diet

Stark’s Steakhouse Chef Loses 55 Pounds on Caveman Diet

| September 12, 2011 | 0 Comments

Santa Rosa chef loses 55 pounds following the Paleo Diet and eating off his own restaurant menu.

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Carlo Petrini, Slow Food Founder Kicks Off UCB Food Politics Class

Carlo Petrini, Slow Food Founder Kicks Off UCB Food Politics Class

| September 1, 2011 | 1 Comment

Slow Food founder gives an inspiration talk on the global food movement at U.C. Berkeley’s popular new food politics class, Edible Education: The Rise and Future of the Food Movement.

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Pop the Corks! Napa Valley’s Wine Harvest is Finally Underway

Pop the Corks! Napa Valley’s Wine Harvest is Finally Underway

| August 30, 2011 | 0 Comments

It’s a day that wine growers, wine makers and wine drinkers all look forward to. This year the wait for that day was longer than usual. Cool summer temperatures pushed back the beginning of harvest by nearly two weeks. I visited one of the first wineries in Napa Valley to start picking grapes this year, Mumm Napa Winery.

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