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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Edible Education 101: Rock Stars of Food Movement Teach UC Berkeley Class

Edible Education 101: Rock Stars of Food Movement Teach UC Berkeley Class

| August 23, 2011 | 4 Comments

New UC Berkeley class explores food politics with some of the food movement’s biggest names. The popular class is open to the general public.

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Outside Lands:  A First Timer’s Take on an Eco-Friendly Gourmet Music Festival

Outside Lands: A First Timer’s Take on an Eco-Friendly Gourmet Music Festival

| August 16, 2011 | 0 Comments

Winding down summer at Outside Lands. A first timer’s view of the gourmet music fest.

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Wine Lands: Favorite Food + Band + Wine Pairings at Outside Lands

Wine Lands: Favorite Food + Band + Wine Pairings at Outside Lands

| August 15, 2011 | 0 Comments

Local, small production winemakers shared top billing with bands and restaurants at this year’s gourmet music festival, Outside Lands.

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Two-Wheeled Tasting:  Exploring East Bay Wineries

Two-Wheeled Tasting: Exploring East Bay Wineries

| July 29, 2011 | 1 Comment

Take a break from Napa and leave your car behind to visit the nearly 20 East Bay urban wineries that dot the industrial west side of Berkeley and Oakland.

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Sipping Sonoma Wines in the City

Sipping Sonoma Wines in the City

| July 13, 2011 | 0 Comments

Over one hundred Sonoma County Winemakers descend on San Francisco for a week of wine tastings, classes and wine and food truck match ups.

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Custom Winemaker Crushpad Grows Up

Custom Winemaker Crushpad Grows Up

| July 6, 2011 | 0 Comments

San Francisco’s one time neighborhood winery, Crushpad, now plays with the wine country big guys.

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Pocket Sommelier: Making Sense of Wine Apps

Pocket Sommelier: Making Sense of Wine Apps

| June 21, 2011 | 5 Comments

Wine goes digital with mobile phone apps for vinophiles but some of the technology is not ready for prime time.

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Tweet My Grape: Wine and Social Media

Tweet My Grape: Wine and Social Media

| June 3, 2011 | 11 Comments

More and more wine lovers are tweeting and blogging their way to a good glass of juice. Hoping to cash in, several wineries have also turned to social media sites to up their sales.

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