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Before grüner veltliner burst Liza Minnelli-style onto the world wine stage, even it had a few more trials to endure, including a scandal that nearly killed Austrian wine for good.

Austrian wine industry survives invasions, disease and dilution

Wine grapes have been grown in what is now Austria for thousands of years, cultivated by Celtic tribes even before the Romans infiltrated the region. And with a history that long, there have to have …
In the Kitchen

Croquetas, those yummy rolls of goodness

Now that fall is coming, and we have eaten enough fresh salads and enjoyed our share of healthy smoothies, it’s time for a little indulgence in the form of …

Use up those apricots with this jam

Some friends recently gave us about five pounds of freshly picked apricots. I used half of them for cobbler and made the rest into jam. Everyone in Taos seems to be overwhelmed by the …
Home & Garden
Courtesy New Mexico Department of AgricultureFarmers, ranchers and gardeners can apply for state grants to support healthy soil projects but must do so through a qualifying entity such as a pueblo, acequia association or soil and water conservation district. Deadline is Nov. 6 for applications.

State grants available to build healthy soil

Healthy soil is key to growing grass and crops, holding onto rainwater and snowmelt and preventing erosion.The New Mexico Department of Agriculture is offering grants to help farmers, ranchers and …

Figs: A nutritional powerhouse

Patricia West-BarkerFor The Taos News"What fruit has the eye of a widow and wears the cloak of a beggar?" asks an old Spanish riddle. Answer: A really ripe fig, when the oculus on its bottom opens …
Nan FischerCovering a fall garden with straw mulch helps protect plants from frost, which can damage roots and reduce a total harvest.

Protect your plants: first frost is around the corner

As I write this, the forecast is for another 89-degree day, the umpteenth in a row. A weak monsoon season has not brought relief each afternoon, so it seems like it will never cool …
Health & fitness

'Be here now' is a prescription for youthfulness

We all have a repetitious flow of thoughts pouring through our minds every waking moment. Often these thoughts keep us from being here now. And our absence from the present moment is what's keeping …
I have a mouth-watering, easy way to get a ton of nutrition from this summer harvest and help you grow younger: make green smoothies.
Growing Younger

Drink your greens for youthfulness

Summertime and the livin' is easy. We don't have to worry about slipping and sliding on the ice and can enjoy getting caught in a rain shower. Just raise your face to the sky, stick out your tongue, …
Courtesy photoX-ray of Jamie Ash's broken ankle. She was an experienced hiker who was injured in the backcountry north of Taos.

Tips for surviving an injury in the high country

Jamie Ash was high up on the Deer Creek Trail in the Columbine-Hondo Wilderness on a recent Mayday. She had hiked alone from the trailhead at the Columbine Campground …
Great outdoors
James Taulman/Courtesy photoGreen darner dragonfly, named after its resemblance to a darning needle.

Wildlife notes: Green darner dragonfly, an ancient predator

Green darner dragonfly, an ancient predatorThe common, but beautiful green darner dragonfly (Anax junius) migrates from the northern United States down into Texas, Mexico and Central America, …
Rob Hawley/Courtesy photo

Native Plant of the Month: Chamiso

Chamiso (Spanish) - also chamiso pardo or chamiso hediondo Sagebrush, desert sage, big sagebrushFamily: AsteraceaGenus and species: Artemisia tridentataChamiso is abundant in Northern New Mexico as …
Matt Dahlseid/The New MexicanWilliam 'Backpacker Bill' Kemsley and his dog, Stanzi, rest Tuesday at a viewpoint on El Nogal trail near Taos. Kemsley has been an outdoorsman nearly all his life.

'Backpacker Bill' still hitting trail at 91

Rounding a corner of the El Nogal Nature Trail, William Kemsley - better known as "Backpacker Bill" - steadies himself with his hiking poles, taking care to …
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