The Wine Country Online

Spring 2001

Lupine and poppies along the Chalk Hill Road
Welcome to our sixth issue and a springtime focus on bees, honey and beekeeping.

The bees are warming up earlier in the day as Northern California wine country soaks up the sun rising now further each morning to the north. The occasional storm will come in off the Pacific to refresh the wildflowers and the vines. Spring is a season when it's still nice to have a wool sweater and a windbreaker handy.

As the bees get about their business of making honey and pollinating our fields and orchards, I hope you enjoy the introductions to our far-flung beekeeping friends, people who continue our prehistoric relationship with the family Apoidea.

This quarterly online magazine of California food and wine arts will be published seasonally, posted on the solstices and equinoxes. We will introduce you year-round to the food and wine artisans, the picnics and the places which make Northern California wine country (and Sonoma County in particular) such a wonderful place to live and visit.

I intend for this fledgling publication to be a conversational and interactive journal of our lives and times in this most scenic and tasty part of the Golden State. It is to this end that I welcome your comments or contribution of words.


Jack Burton
709 Fitch St.
Healdsburg, CA 95448


I would like to thank all the people who have generously given their time and enthusiasm to this issue:

Feature Writing:

    Bibiana Goodrich   Livengood Tree Farm, Sandpoint, Idaho
    Matyas E. Kreidler
    Renee Kiff   Manager, Healdsburg Farmers Market
    Frédérique Lavoipierre   Garden Writer
    Jack Burton


    Jack Burton


    Jack Burton
    Terry Rusinow


    Janette Burton   Manager, Jimtown Store


    Penelope La Montagne
    Doug Stout   Healdsburg Literary Laureate


    Marci Murphy   Murphy Business Services

HTML and Imaging:

    Jeffrey Kopp

A Spring Poem
By Doug Stout

I bow to the daffodils
Lined up along the path

Doug Stout is Healdsburg, California's literary laureate. This piece is from a little book of poems entitled Healdsburg Haiku, written by the members of the Healdsburg Arts Committee and published by Running Wolf Press.

Visit The Author's Desk to read a review of Healdsburg Haiku with an introduction to our town's lively arts community.
Issue #6 Copyright © March 2001 by Jack Burton

While all rights to this publication are reserved, invites you to print a copy or two of any part or all of this magazine for your own personal enjoyment or to pass along to a friend.

If you are interested in using any of the stories, recipes or interviews for re-publication, or for placement in our "Market Plaza" section, please contact the Editor for rates and details.

(All photos not otherwise credited are by Jack Burton.)