California: Vast and diverse

California is a viticulture paradise governed by a Hollywood cyborg with presidential ambitions, where the wine industry is jointly run by hippies, ex-film stars, software billionaires and businessmen.

17th March, 2007

California is a viticulture paradise governed by a Hollywood cyborg with presidential ambitions, where the wine industry is jointly run by hippies, ex-film stars, software billionaires and businessmen. It is an extraordinary wine area. It was the spiritual home of the 1960s counterculture movement from the Height Asbury hippies of San Francisco to the murderous Manson ‘family’.

It is bounded by bear-populated mountains, the Mojave Desert, Bono’s Joshua Tree desert, surfers in Santa...

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