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This month, the Road to Rio is making a stop in the U.S. state of California to discover what cities are doing there to cut carbon emissions. CNN's Isha Sesay, Thelma Gutierrez and special correspondent Philippe Cousteau seek out the best green innovations in Los Angeles, including variety of new car technologies, a bicycle kitchen and smog eating tile. From there, Philippe Cousteau heads to northern California to check out how artists are giving garbage a whole new form and sense of respect. Then he heads to a community that is producing as much energy as it's using in Davis, California. Finally, his assignment really gets tough as he heads to Napa Valley to see how wineries are getting a green makeover. Meanwhile, Thelma Gutierrez visits one of the largest landfills in the country to see first hand exactly where our garbage is going. And Isha Sesay gets a behind-the-scenes tour of Warner Brothers studios to witness the newest green innovations they're implementing. Watch the show

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Don't let those vacation days expireupdated: Thu Dec 01 2011 07:40:00

After traveling all year for business meetings or conventions and taking vacation to cover a child's inconvenient half days at school, many harried Americans are left with a dilemma. With a few weeks left in the year, their remaining precious vacation days are about to expire. Molly Sims's Official Wedding Photosupdated: Tue Sep 27 2011 11:35:00

The bride and her groom, producer Scott Stuber, share photos from their Napa nuptials For Boston, Bill Buckner's '86 World Series blunder was personalupdated: Wed Sep 21 2011 13:34:00

(This story first appeared in SI in 1993.)

Money Magazine: Forget Napa: 3 cheap wine destinationsupdated: Fri Aug 26 2011 18:18:00

Don't follow the crowds to Napa or Bordeaux this fall. You'll save nearly 40% on lodging at these locations -- and the vino is cheaper, too. Tamera Mowry Gets Married!updated: Mon May 16 2011 12:35:00

The Sister, Sister star weds Fox newsman Adam Housley in the Napa Valley

Autumn from a different angleupdated: Tue Oct 26 2010 10:38:00

Ever thought of trekking through northern New Mexico with a llama to marvel at the vibrant aspens? Or zipping through the color-splashed mountains of Georgia, 2,000 feet above ground? If not, maybe it's time to embark on a fall foliage adventure that stretches beyond scenic drives and hikes. But hurry, the leaves are changing -- and falling -- fast.

The virtues of eating everythingupdated: Wed Jun 30 2010 10:46:00

In the past month I've eaten poached goat, grilled octopus, the breaded and fried thymus gland of a cow, tagliatelle with rabbit ragu, and the seared liver of a fatted goose.

Creating Napa Valley in Macedoniaupdated: Tue May 11 2010 08:04:00

Jordan Trajkov was a successful banker studying for an MBA when he visited Napa Valley in California.

A new Napa valleyupdated: Tue May 11 2010 08:04:00

CNN's Nic Robertson mets a Macedonian businessman who returns to wine making with a new idea.

Napa Wine Train in middle of stimulus fightupdated: Fri Jan 29 2010 07:50:00

It is the quintessential Napa Valley experience.

Wine train funded by stimulus?updated: Fri Jan 29 2010 07:50:00

CNN's Randi Kaye reports on the Napa Wine Train, which has been criticized for allegedly receiving stimulus funds.

Napa Valley's top secretsupdated: Tue Nov 17 2009 09:42:00

You don't need us to tell you that Napa Valley is a nice place to visit. What you do need is a way to lose the masses.

Hong Kong: Welcome to wine country?updated: Tue Nov 03 2009 03:24:00

When you think of a winery, you probably imagine the bucolic Napa Valley or the dangling vineyard grapes in French wine country.

Fortune: Wine buying for vulturesupdated: Fri Sep 25 2009 11:34:00

There's an oft-repeated bit of eno-philosophy that says the wine business is immune to recession because people drink in good times and bad. But it turns out there's a caveat: In bad times such as these, they mostly drink the cheap stuff.

Exotic vacations may be closer than you thinkupdated: Wed Aug 19 2009 14:34:00

Travelers don't always have to fight the masses and schlep overseas to find exotic vacation thrills.

Exotic getaways closer to homeupdated: Wed Aug 19 2009 14:34:00

An exotic getaway may be closer to home than you realize. HLN's Richelle Carey reports. Jim Trotter: Postcard from Raiders training campupdated: Sun Aug 02 2009 12:32:00 has dispatched writers to report on the 32 NFL training camps across the country. Here's what Jim Trotter had to say about the Raiders' camp in Napa Valley.

Fortune: Another round?updated: Wed Mar 11 2009 15:12:00

Professional golfers and hackers alike try all sorts of unusual things to avoid the dreaded three-putt: cross-handed grips, staggered stances, elongated putters. Jayson Woodbridge has his own trick. He swings with one hand. Wildfires Near Napa Valleyupdated: Sun Oct 12 2008 02:00:00

Hundreds of firefighters are battling a wildfire that is threatening homes and wineries in California's Napa Valley

Fortune: Winemaking for fun and profitupdated: Tue Oct 07 2008 10:47:00

As the former president of Walt Disney Studios and Paramount Television, Rich Frank has a long list of blockbusters to his credit, from Cheers and Entertainment Tonight to Pretty Woman and The Lion King. He's a born marketer with a knack for convincing the public that we want what he's got. And now he's ready to reveal his latest masterpiece, several years in the making. At his office in Calistoga, Calif., he reaches behind his desk for a dark, unmarked bottle that must weigh five pounds or more. It's called Promise. He hands it over. "This," he says, "is going to be one of those cult wines." Bottle Shock is Hard to Swallowupdated: Fri Aug 08 2008 18:00:00

The somewhat true story of the little California wine that could lacks all the character one expects from a fine vintage Dr: Z: Vermeil doing just vine nowadaysupdated: Thu May 08 2008 11:24:00

Dick Vermeil was concerned. He had gotten off to a good start with his 2003 vintage Charbono, a dark, stylish wine that is made only in California. It was a correct wine, mixing the dark brooding touches of this exotic grape with a clean taste of berryish fruit, but then the next vintage, the 2004, had shown an overripe, spirity quality that puzzled a few of the tasters in the room.

FSB: Winning in the wine worldupdated: Thu Mar 06 2008 17:46:00

Dear FSB: What is the success rate for a small local winery in an area of between 40,000 to 60,000 people?

Eco lies: What does 'green' mean?updated: Thu Dec 20 2007 11:34:00

As I write this, I'm in a hotel room on the Vegas Strip, looking out my window at the construction site of what will be the largest green hotel in the world, set within MGM Mirage's $7.4 billion City Center. Christina Aguilera Sets Up Her Baby Registryupdated: Mon Oct 08 2007 11:07:00

A shopping spree in West Hollywood is nothing unusual for Christina Aguilera. But this excursion early Saturday evening was a first for the singer.

Business 2.0: The car of no returnupdated: Fri Sep 28 2007 05:58:00

My final leson for you all? Never, ever, drive a nice car. There's no upside to it. Luxury rides are evil: insidious, stealthy things, burrowing into the human subconscious with terrifying ease, whereupon they trip a dopamine depth charge that explodes both your brain and your budget.

Taking the kids: Hot air ballooning in New Mexicoupdated: Wed Sep 26 2007 14:16:00

We floated over the Rio Grande and skirted the tops of green cottonwood trees with the Sandia Mountains in the distance while school kids pointed and waved at us. We waved back.

Green grapes: Turning sunshine into Napa wineupdated: Wed Sep 12 2007 12:11:00

California's Napa Valley, with its rolling hills, vineyards and prized terrain, produces some of America's finest wines. Here, tradition and craft are everything.

Business 2.0: Two Buck Chuck takes a bite out of Napaupdated: Fri Sep 07 2007 03:58:00

There's a war on bluster, and Fred Franzia is losing. Sure, the CEO of Bronco Wine, the nation's fourth-largest wine company, tells me repeatedly that only a sucker would pay more than $10 for a bottle of wine - including his own $35 Domaine Napa. And that Napa's and Bordeaux's claims about their special soils are bogus: "We can grow on asphalt. Terroir don't mean sh*t." After relieving himself by the side of his Jeep, Franzia recounts a trip to Burgundy where, after an elaborate tasting, he told the winemaker at Château Haut-Brion, "You can bottle gasoline if you can sell that."

Napa Valley vintner is king of his wine castleupdated: Wed Aug 22 2007 23:23:00

Daryl Sattui set out to build a modest, 8,500-square-foot winery. Millions of dollars and 120,000 square feet later, he's king of a wine country castle complete with drawbridge, dungeons and nifty little slots for the old boiling oil trick.

Napa and Sonoma Styleupdated: Tue Aug 07 2007 22:37:00

Travel + Leisure scoured California's wine country to find one-of-a-kind boutiques and charming small-town stores. From Calistoga to Healdsburg, these eight spots are worth a visit.

Far Niente: the art of wineupdated: Tue Aug 07 2007 01:47:00

Far Niente: the art of wine

A view from the vineyards on climate changeupdated: Tue Aug 07 2007 01:47:00

Anticipation is in the sunshine flooding these vineyards' meticulously tended rows nowadays. At Napa Valley's Far Niente wine estate, that not-quite-knowable date is coming.

Art in Napa: Festival del Soleupdated: Wed Aug 01 2007 00:47:00

Art in Napa: Festival del Sole

CNNMoney: Winning in the wine bizupdated: Tue Jul 24 2007 00:27:00

For many, nothing says summer like a chilled glass of Chardonnay. But for vintners Kathryn and Craig Hall, getting people to pour from their bottle has been an uphill battle.

Drink in the views in America's fabled wine countryupdated: Mon Jul 23 2007 04:00:00

Press the switch to open the curtains in your valley-view room at the Poetry Inn, and you're suspended with the primary-striped hot-air balloons of postcard fame. Pedal up the Silverado Trail to the Miner Family villa, climb the steps, look west over your shoulder, and a world-class view is yours too. The first might be a decade's splurge; the second, just a weekend getaway. There are many ways to enjoy this wine country.

A day of spas, with a side of Syrahupdated: Sat Jun 30 2007 06:48:00

Whether you're looking for mud baths or bike routes, a castle or just a good meal, Travel + Leisure steers you in the right direction on this easy drive from San Francisco to Calistoga, California.

FSB: High Spiritsupdated: Fri Jun 01 2007 00:02:00

New premium liquors, distilled by American entrepreneurs.

Fortune: PROBLEM NO. 7: OVERFISHINGupdated: Mon Mar 05 2007 00:01:00

THE BACKGROUND Overfishing is severely depleting wild ocean-fish stocks and threatening the $158 billion commercial fishing industry. The number of fish caught annually is declining, with a recent ...

Business 2.0: Problem no. 6: Overfishingupdated: Wed Jan 24 2007 15:23:00

The background: Overfishing is severely depleting wild ocean fish stocks and threatening the $158 billion commercial fishing industry. The number of fish caught annually is declining, with a recent study projecting that the world's commercially harvested fish populations could collapse by 2048.

Fortune: Wal-Mart trashes garbageupdated: Wed Jan 10 2007 16:51:00

Wal-Mart and the city of San Francisco do not have much in common, but there is this -- both are working to achieve zero waste.

Top chef has appetite for successupdated: Wed Nov 01 2006 08:57:00

Drive for an hour north of San Francisco following Highway 29 and you will enter the majestic wine country that is Napa Valley.

'Tis the season to be seeing: Fall in full spectrumupdated: Wed Sep 20 2006 15:56:00

It's that time of year -- the brilliant red and golden leaves say, "So long, summer -- autumn has arrived."

Good-bye grits, hello quinoaupdated: Thu Aug 17 2006 11:17:00

Creative chefs across the country are reinterpreting the greasy spoon. Sleek interiors and inventive cuisine define a new crop of diners.

Fortune: The grapes of mathupdated: Wed Aug 09 2006 10:37:00

"Andy Grove had a saying when I worked at Intel," says Chuck McMinn, a Silicon Valley veteran who spent 25 years at the chipmaker and a series of startups. "If you can't measure it, you can't impro...

Business 2.0: Shipping cabernet from Peloponneseupdated: Mon Jul 31 2006 13:28:00

Forget about that jet-fuel ouzo. Greek wineries are finally getting props from sommeliers, but they need U.S. reps. to market their product.

Fast food with a pedigreeupdated: Tue Jun 13 2006 10:34:00

The latest point of pride for star chefs has more to do with French fries than foie gras.

Fortune: Warmer welcomes, fatter profitsupdated: Tue Jan 10 2006 18:24:00

Construction manager Dirk Porter was surprised by the lively orientation he received after joining David Weekley Homes in Dallas. He and other newcomers were flown to the company's Houston headquarters for a two-day program. There they were greeted with cheers and whistles by dozens of staffers, who then formed a giant receiving line that included company president David Weekley.

Fortune: Get a name-brand bottle of wine: yoursupdated: Mon Aug 22 2005 00:01:00

THESE DAYS EVERYONE IS slapping his name on a bottle of wine: Greg Norman, Bob Dylan, even Joe Montana. (A 1999 Montagia cabernet sauvignon, anyone?)

CNNMoney: Doing away with the tipupdated: Tue Aug 16 2005 15:30:00

The last thing you want when dropping $450 on dinner is a catfight to break out between the chef and the server.

Study ranks July 4 vacation bottlenecksupdated: Wed Jun 29 2005 21:41:00

Americans taking to the roads during the July 4 holiday weekend are almost certain to encounter a traffic bottleneck somewhere, but the biggest is likely to be west of Portland, Oregon, the American Highway Users Alliance said Thursday.

Napa's dreamupdated: Wed Jun 22 2005 10:05:00

River floods leave fertile soil in their wake, the silver lining to the havoc wrought. But instead of cropland, the Napa River is repaying its namesake city with a revitalized downtown scene.

Business 2.0: Wooing Women with Wineupdated: Sun May 01 2005 00:01:00

Beringer Blass Wine Estates wants to be a hit with the ladies. In early May, the Napa Valley vintner will launch White Lie, the first label aimed directly at women. After learning that females make...

Money Magazine: Is There A Sommelier In The House?updated: Fri Apr 01 2005 00:01:00

Unless you know a lot about grapes, trips to the local wine shop can be unsatisfying: lots of bottles you don't recognize, a few you do, and confusing price ranges. Having a sommelier at your side-...

Money Magazine: Swap Home, See Worldupdated: Tue Mar 01 2005 00:01:00

It's not unusual to find strangers lurking in Janet and Peter Lessem's Manhattan brownstone, fingering the cutlery, peeking in the medicine cabinet, sleeping Goldilocks-style in the beds. But the L...

Fortune: THE WEGMANS WAYupdated: Mon Jan 24 2005 00:01:00


Business 2.0: Luring Gamers Like Bees to Honeyupdated: Sat Jan 01 2005 00:01:00

It began as a Web-based mystery. Who hacked the website of a Napa Valley beekeeper, leaving behind a series of GPS coordinates? Why were pay phones at the Empire State Building delivering installme...

CNNMoney: Mondavi drawing biddersupdated: Wed Oct 27 2004 06:09:00

Winemaker Robert Mondavi Corp. is drawing interest from a number of new bidders, even as some leading companies in the sector say they aren't looking at joining the field of potential buyers, according to a published report.

FSB: The Private-Jet Set Chartering your own plane for a vacation might not cost as much as you think.updated: Tue Jun 01 2004 00:01:00

Michael McIntyre likes to travel in style. The president and CEO of Gentry Group, an insurance company in Dallas, recently flew via private jet with his wife and three other couples to Venice for a...

Business 2.0: Fruity, With Lush Margins Vintners scoffed when Nickel & Nickel debuted $125 wines in a recession. But Napa Valley is toastiupdated: Tue Jun 01 2004 00:01:00

California's wine country, it turns out, was hit just as hard by the economic downturn as the rest of the world. Prices for some of the most coveted brands plummeted by a third, and profits of high...

FSB: Wine 2.0 A small Napa winery uses high-tech aerial cameras to tend its vines. Result? Robust yields.updated: Tue Jun 01 2004 00:01:00

Ah, the legendary romance of winemaking. Apple-cheeked peasant girls treading grapes under a harvest moon. Intimate tastings. And, of course, multispectral imaging and neutron probes. Huh?

CNNMoney: Lessons of a $63,000 bar tabupdated: Tue May 25 2004 16:17:00

A few years ago in London, six City bankers, celebrating their good fortune to be City bankers, dined at the restaurant Petrus, a lavish place with a wine list to make a French king drool.

FSB: A Starr Advocate for Small Wineriesupdated: Mon Dec 01 2003 00:01:00

Ken Starr, of Whitewater fame, is getting into the wine business. The Coalition for Free Trade--an organization of wine growers for which Starr acts as an advisor--has sued Arizona, Florida, New Je...

Fortune: The economy stinks, but that doesn't mean you should deny yourself the finer things. Instead of clogging your updated: Mon Oct 06 2003 00:01:00

1 ROBERT AUGUST SURFBOARD Endless Summer star Robert August has made a longboard like the one he rode in the 1966 surfer classic. The limited-edition Endless Summer Classic Model 1963 ten-footer fe...

Business 2.0: Target Thinks Outside the Box Wine With interactive displays and its own sommelier, the discount retailer tries to make wine sn0updated: Sat Feb 01 2003 00:01:00

When Wal-Mart launched its own wine label--Alcott Ridge Vineyards, produced by E&J Gallo--in 2000, wine buffs answered with a chorus of snickers about the new "white trashfandel" and "nasti spumant...

FSB: Going, Going, Gulp Wine auctions can be a great way to build up your collection and try rare vintages you can't find elsewhere.updated: Mon Oct 01 2001 00:01:00

You're way past cheap Australian reds and bargain-basement Chileans. Plunking down 30 bucks for a California chardonnay is no big deal, and you're familiar with even the most obscure Oregon pinot n...

FSB: The Wine Racket On a quest for the best? Unfortunately, the top-rated, most-talked-about wines rarely make it to your local retaupdated: Mon Oct 01 2001 00:01:00

What is it about lists that we love so much? From People's 50 Most Beautiful People to the Billboard Hot 100, the top ten vacation getaways, the Fortune 500--it just goes on and on. And then, of co...

Fortune: Slow Weekend No. 2 Duchampupdated: Mon Jun 11 2001 00:01:00

Mild-mannered Healdsburg, Calif., in the heart of Sonoma County, has always been a slightly frumpy wine-country cousin to the flashier towns of Napa Valley. Until last summer, that is, when a stran...

FSB: In Cheap Vino, Veritas The palate knows: truths about pricey winesupdated: Wed Nov 01 2000 00:01:00

Drinking wine is often fun, but buying it can be stressful. This occurred to me when my girlfriend, E, and I set out to pick a pair of "house wines." We wanted one white, one red, each cheap enough...

Fortune: Getting Over The Hump Before You're Over the Hillupdated: Mon Aug 14 2000 00:01:00

You think Moses had a hard time finding the Promised Land? In today's frenzied atmosphere of market spikes, game-show millionaires, and P&G paupers, figuring out when you're going to retire has nev...

Fortune: And You Can Keep the Wineupdated: Mon Jul 10 2000 00:01:00

We gave $100 to Keith Fergel, assistant sommelier at the much lauded French Laundry restaurant in Napa Valley, to see what he'd buy.

FSB: Insider Hangouts At some resorts, the other guests are part of the draw.updated: Sat Jul 01 2000 00:01:00

Sure, you work like mad. So when you get to a resort or spa, it's an effort just to make it to your massage on time. Networking among the locals doesn't top your list. Don't sweat it. Instead, tap ...

Fortune: ...And You Can Keep the Wineupdated: Mon May 01 2000 00:01:00

Name: Albert D. Omahen, sommelier at Baleen, Grove Isle Hotel, Coconut Grove, Fla.

Fortune: Country Life: What $1 Million Buys In...updated: Mon Apr 17 2000 00:01:00

Virginia Hunt Country

Fortune: And You Can Keep The Wine...updated: Mon Apr 03 2000 00:01:00

We handed $100 to Christie Dufault, sommelier at Vincent Guerithault on Camelback, in Phoenix, and a tour guide to France for Butterfield & Robinson. Her mission? Buy wine and take notes:

Money Magazine: Small-Caps To Watchupdated: Fri Oct 01 1999 00:01:00

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Money Magazine: Buy Low, Drink High: How To Invest In Wineupdated: Sat Aug 01 1998 00:01:00

I was recently shopping at Zachy's in Scarsdale, N.Y., the largest wine retailer on the East Coast, when there was a fuss behind the counter. The customer ahead of me, a salesperson quickly explain...

Money Magazine: 12 LITTLE-KNOWN WINES TO DAZZLE YOUR GUESTSupdated: Sat Mar 01 1997 00:01:00

As a wine writer, I should have known better.

Fortune: NOT JUST FOR COPSupdated: Mon Dec 23 1996 00:01:00

Doughnuts have gone upscale. Don't worry, good old-fashioned varieties are still readily available at Dunkin' Donuts or Krispy Kreme. And the hosts at Lou Mitchell's in Chicago still serve the best...


As described in the preceding pages ("The Future of Retirement," page 86), the great baby-boomer cohort is facing later years that are likely to be more about job sharing than shuffleboard, more ab...


Call it the Great Grape Squeeze. The price of first-class Bordeaux rose a head-spinning 30% last year, and topflight California wines kept pace. Blame a bunch of souring factors. A string of so-so ...

Money Magazine: Fifteen novel anniversary gifts your loved one will surely loveupdated: Wed Jun 01 1994 00:01:00

First aired Dec. 10, 1951, the 10th episode of I Love Lucy opens with Ricky Ricardo toting home a $3,500 mink coat he's rented for his nightclub act. But when his crazy redhead eyeballs that specta...

Money Magazine: HOW YOU CAN GET TODAY'S BEST DEALS ON RENTED WHEELSupdated: Thu Aug 01 1991 00:01:00

Auto manufacturers aren't the only ones in the car business confronting the problems of a still sluggish economy and overstocked lots. So are car-rental firms. Because of an aggressive $45 billion ...

Fortune: A NOSE FOR WINEupdated: Mon Jan 01 1990 00:01:00

Levers, fans, and long plastic tubes reaching to the level of your nose from petri dishes -- glass containers used in laboratory experiments. These are hardly traditional paraphernalia for people w...

Money Magazine: SUMMER WINES FOR $10 AND UNDERupdated: Thu Jun 01 1989 00:01:00

Finding the right wine to serve with summer foods is a lot trickier than shelling out for just the right Bordeaux to go with a roast veal dinner in winter. First, you probably don't want to spend t...

Money Magazine: PIT BULLS AND PUSSYCATS OF INVESTMENT YEAR 1987updated: Mon Feb 01 1988 00:01:00

Compared with a shattering 508-point plunge in the Dow, a 63% change in the price of a parking space hardly seems a tremor -- except that we're not talking quarters for a parking meter. 1987 was th...

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