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Grab a Grav!

Upstream from the Russian River lie the warm hills of Sebastopol. Right now the orchards are laden with Gravenstein apples. As the morning dew burns off, afternoon breezes bear an aroma of apples into town. The Gravenstein apple is lauded by many as the best apple for its balance of sweet and tart flavor. They [...]

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Spoon at a Pie-Knife Fight

I felt pretty good going into Sebastopol’s Gravenstein Apple Fair as a rookie pie judge last weekend – just little bites I kept telling myself. As we sat under the tent around a cardtable, our chairs unevenly balanced on straw-covered ground, Steve Garner, the wizened six-year veteran judge, went to his work like a neurosurgeon. [...]

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