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Constellation Brands turns to the sun to power its Clos du Bois winery

NYSE: Capturing the Spirit
Winemakers have always partnered with the sun in pursuit of their craft. “One of the fun parts,” says Gary Sitton, Clos du Bois’ director of winemaking, “is adapting to Mother Nature to still make a strong wine.”

But Clos du Bois has taken the relationship a bit further. Situated on hundreds of acres dotted with cabernet sauvignon and zinfandel grapes, the winery’s gabled roofs and carports now support 4,164 solar panels that absorb enough sunlight to generate about 80 percent of its energy needs, explains Capital Projects Manager Greg Stocker. Given the energy-intensive process of making wine — not least because the 38,000 barrels of wine that typically are aging at the facility need to stay cool — the solar array, which went live in February, is expected to save Clos du Bois $1 million in energy costs each year.

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Crane & Co. 200 Years In

DALTON, Mass. ( -- Crane & Co. is best known for its high-end writing papers, but the stationary company's cash cow is, literally, cash.

In business for more than 200 years, Crane -- rumored to have supplied Paul Revere with the paper that served as the American colonies' first non-coin money -- today pulls in 80% of its revenue from making currency for countries all over the world. From its headquarters in Dalton, Mass., the privately-held company continually experiments with new anti-counterfeit technology in its R&D labs in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Georgia, and Sweden. Its latest high-tech breakthroughs showed up in the redesigned $100 bill that entered circulation in April.

Charles Kittredge, the company's 58 year-old CEO, recently sat down with CNNMoney to talk about company lore and his newest challenge: Finding ways to make his family's paper company relevant in an increasingly digital world.
READ EDITED TRANSCRIPT OF CONVERSATION ON A 210-year-old company's high-tech plans

The End of Snap, Crackle, and Pop Culture

Writer Sara Pepitone gets to the bottom of the bowl, only to find the silence deafening:

Organic Rice Krispies were in my life for many months before I acknowledged their silence. In a recent "don't have enough" situation, I added regular Rice Krispies—my cupboard is stocked for such emergencies—to the mix and suddenly I saw the light. I mean, heard the light. Organic Rice Krispies have no Snap, Crackle, and Pop.

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Ferran Adrià: The Science of Food

One of the most exciting stories I have ever written involved a coffee date with Ferran Adrià (and his translator). Exciting here means I was actually a bit nervous to sit down with someone who had been interviewed so many times by so many people and was such a big deal. Amazingly I had questions he'd never before been asked. Flattering to be told so. Exciting.

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Published writing you can access online

I'm working to add as many online-accessible clips as possible to this list. Many first ran in print. Note it's organized alphabetically by publication. Come back for more.


The Perfect Parisian Detour

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Today in History: Let's All Go to the White House

You Can Now Build a Multi-Million Dollar Home via Your iPad

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Tabasco: 142 Years and Still Hot

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Commercial Observer

Will Steve Wynn’s Bad Behavior Haunt His Casinos?

Mercedes Horsepower: The NYPD Horse Stable in a West Side Luxury Building

Stables Situation: What’s Becoming of the City’s Rapidly Disappearing Horse Stables?

Veronica Mainetti, a Sight for Sorgente Eyes

One of the Biggest Industries in the Country—Construction—Still Has a Big Woman Problem

David Rockwell is Taking on NYC’s Restaurants, Theater and Airports

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Edible East End

What Nobu’s sushi chef does on his day off

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Interior Design

First Look at the Broad, L.A.'s Newest Architectural Marvel

Janet Echelman's Massive Aerial Art Looms Over Boston

Whitney Museum Sees Fame and Glory Before May 1 Opening

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New York Observer

A Scavenger Hunt for Art Across the California Desert

The Best Part of Pokémon Go Is Not What You Think

Gowanus Reborn: A haven for manufacturing and artists stands on the precipice of major development

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New York Post

Urban chow boy

Food Court: MSG thrills with all-star eats

Just back: Tales of the Cocktail

Exploring Cincinnati, mayoral-style: Mark Mallory shows off the city’s revival by taking us to his fave spots

Let’s get fizz-ical in Napa: Ditch the merlot and find some great sparkling wine 

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