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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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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)

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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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Did the End of California’s Redevelopment Agencies Hurt Affordable Housing?

February 26, 2014 | 6:30 am

Did the End of California’s Redevelopment Agencies Hurt Affordable Housing?

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Can local cities subsidize units people can pay for, without help from the state?

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Michael Tilson Thomas: Nearing 20 Years on S.F. Symphony Podium

February 25, 2014 | 9:00 am

Michael Tilson Thomas: Nearing 20 Years on S.F. Symphony Podium

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‘MTT’ talks about a rare milestone in the orchestra world and how he and musicians have grown together.

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State, Cities Still Wrangling Over Billions in Redevelopment Money

February 19, 2014 | 6:30 am

State, Cities Still Wrangling Over Billions in Redevelopment Money

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Brentwood, 150 other cities wage court fight to hold on to cash that state seeks to divert to schools.

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Telling X-Rated Tales of Being the ‘Pornographer’s Daughter’

January 25, 2014 | 9:10 am

Telling X-Rated Tales of Being the ‘Pornographer’s Daughter’

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In a new play, Liberty Bradford Mitchell remembers growing up on the fringes of her father’s porn empire.

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Bay Area Pastors Share Their Christmas Message

December 24, 2013 | 9:01 am

Bay Area Pastors Share Their Christmas Message

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A few local pastors give a preview of their Christmas sermons.

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UC Berkeley’s Hertz Hall Debuts a New Old-School Organ

December 12, 2013 | 7:15 am

UC Berkeley’s Hertz Hall Debuts a New Old-School Organ

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Weekend concerts feature newly installed Noack organ — and some very loud chords.

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