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Cyrus Musiker

Cyrus Musiker is the Evening News Anchor at KQED Public Radio. But he also worked for a decade in the wine industry in Massachusetts, New York City, San Francisco, and Napa Valley.

Cyrus sold wine retail and wholesale in New York, supplying Roederer Crystal and French Burgundies to celebrities in the Hamptons who didn’t appreciate how good they had it.

He moved west in 1978, and worked as a cellar rat shoveling pomace, and pumping over for some of Napa’s best winemakers. He also did public relations and wine tours at Robert Mondavi Winery in Oakville.

Cyrus has traveled and tasted through Champagne, Burgundy, Beaujolais, and the Rhone Valley, and up, down, and sideways in California’s great wine regions. His one great regret in life is not buying land in Yountville when he lived there in the late 1970’s, when vineyards were “just $15,000/acre.”

Cy’s most memorable wines—a 1904 Lafite Rothschild at a Heublein tasting in Boston in the late 70’s, a Nuits St. George “Les St. Georges” 1953 with Henri Gouges in his cellar in the Cotes De Nuits.

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Richmond Arts Groups Dodge Budget Bullet — For Now

July 2, 2014 | 2:53 pm

Richmond Arts Groups Dodge Budget Bullet — For Now

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The City Council approved a tentative budget that provides the same support as last year.

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A Visual Celebration in San Francisco’s Changing Mid-Market Neighborhood

June 27, 2014 | 7:00 am

A Visual Celebration in San Francisco’s Changing Mid-Market Neighborhood

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New installation highlights the past and looks to the future of a rapidly evolving part of the city.

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Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters — a Celebration of Going Further

June 18, 2014 | 8:55 am

Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters — a Celebration of Going Further

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Fifty years ago, author and pals set out on a trip from La Honda that became a counterculture legend.

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Modified Water Bond Measure May Finally Go Before Voters in November

June 18, 2014 | 7:00 am

Modified Water Bond Measure May Finally Go Before Voters in November

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A new version of a water bond slated for the 2010 ballot may finally go before voters in November.

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In East Bay Assembly Smackdown, Sbranti Beats Glazer

June 4, 2014 | 8:20 am

In East Bay Assembly Smackdown, Sbranti Beats Glazer

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Other races: Wieckowski headed for state Senate showdown; North Bay Assembly race is too close to call.

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As Democrats Split Vote, Rare Chance Emerges for East Bay Republican

May 29, 2014 | 2:49 pm

As Democrats Split Vote, Rare Chance Emerges for East Bay Republican

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The GOP’s Catharine Baker hopes to benefit from the big battle between Dems Steve Glazer and Tim Sbranti.

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Public Safety Top Issue in San Jose Mayoral Campaign

May 15, 2014 | 6:00 am

Public Safety Top Issue in San Jose Mayoral Campaign

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Pension reform is also big, as labor and business prepare independent funds for two of the candidates.

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Last Stop for Historic Model Railroad at SF’s Randall Museum?

April 28, 2014 | 10:22 am

Last Stop for Historic Model Railroad at SF’s Randall Museum?

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Seismic and disability upgrades could force shutdown of club that has thrived in basement since 1950.

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San Francisco’s Meridian Gallery Faces Eviction, Owners Say

April 4, 2014 | 4:32 pm

San Francisco’s Meridian Gallery Faces Eviction, Owners Say

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Surge of retail business around Union Square is driving rental prices way up.

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San Jose Rep Play Skewers Venture Capitalists, Male Baseball Fans (and Pablo Sandoval)

April 2, 2014 | 1:47 pm

San Jose Rep Play Skewers Venture Capitalists, Male Baseball Fans (and Pablo Sandoval)

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Global warming, Silicon Valley and an S.F. Giant are all covered in a production opening Wednesday night.

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