Geography of California

The lone ranges

When a trout jumps in the snow-fed lake beneath a rim of craggy peaks, the splash interrupts hours of stillness in northern California's Trinity Alps.

Sunday, 2 October, 2011, 12:00am


It's hard to imagine how a winery with a name as difficult to pronounce as Araujo could produce a cult wine. Ask someone in the Araujo family how to pronounce their name and the answer is, 'it depends', and a list of country-specific pronunciations follows.

15 May 2011 - 12:00am

Mainland welcomes unconventional miner

Few people would have had careers as vastly different as mining and aeronautical engineering and then fuse this expertise to set up a business. But with a geologist father and a pilot mother, it was probably destiny at work for Randeep Grewal.

9 May 2011 - 12:00am

San Francisco

For many, the ease of availability of movies today is a godsend: downloaded new releases that can be watched on a PC or iPod, or streamed directly onto television.

17 Oct 2010 - 12:00am


Like a spotty teenager, Californian chardonnay suffered a few ugly breakouts during its adolescence. The region battled the kind of problems that plague teenagers: uncontrolled growth spurts, unsightly braces, embarrassing body changes and too much experimental make- up.

23 May 2010 - 12:00am


The Russian River Valley, in California, is one of Sonoma County's coolest wine-growing regions. While day- time temperatures hover at about 15 degrees Celsius, at night it can drop to as low as five degrees and, up until recently, snow could be seen on the nearby Mayacamas Mountains, the range that divides Sonoma from inland Napa County.

25 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

The Asian 'tiger' that ignored hi-tech

My visit to Silicon Valley last month coincided with the debut of Apple's latest gadget, the iPad. Combining the ease of portable computing on a touch-screen tablet with an avalanche of internet applications, the iPad was an instant winner. Even in recession-beaten Palo Alto, long lines formed at the Apple Store.

18 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

Hi-tech hitch

A border site proposed as Hong Kong's answer to Silicon Valley will only get basic roads and drainage by 2020. Do you agree with critics that such a long delay is unacceptable? Write to us.

9 Dec 2008 - 12:00am

Delicate princess

Chefs and sommeliers are challenging the old credo 'white wine with white meat; red wine with red meat' and pinot noir is just the wine to flirt with the rule. A delicate red, pinot is slinking onto the table with this autumn's turkey, chicken and duck, as well as with meatier fish, such as tuna, shark and swordfish.

16 Nov 2008 - 12:00am

Bay city stroller

In the heat of the late afternoon summer sun, artist Michael Feldman stands by his easel, capturing the facade of a San Anselmo barber shop. With quick brushstrokes, the canvas comes alive with splashes of impressionistic colour.

1 Oct 2008 - 12:00am

Napa Valley

There's no better place to hit the road on a Harley-Davidson, listen to jazz or indulge in the finer things in life than this sunny winery district.

1. Hess Collection (below, top centre)

5 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

Land of despair

In the jaunty old logging port of Eureka on the scenic Redwood Coast of northern California, the residents have tastefully restored the historic town centre. Saloons, upmarket restaurants, used bookshops and welcoming coffee outlets dot the town of 27,000, the hub of Humboldt County.

14 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Keeping an edgy dimension on eve of 100th anniversary

A new president, a new philosophy and a new face to its watches are the things that define Concord this year. On the eve of its 100th anniversary, the newly appointed president Vincent Perriard is redefining the brand for what he hopes will be its return to the centre of the watchmaking industry.

18 May 2007 - 12:00am

Bay city roller

Without much hair in which to wear flowers, all these years on from the Summer of Love, I have come to San Francisco ready to acknowledge if not actually obey. Scott McKenzie's old hit will stay in my head for days, although it will have to compete with a score of other songs celebrating the city by the bay.

25 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

Venice Beach, California

Long an enclave for artists drawn to the west coast by its easy seaside living, Los Angeles' Venice Beach now counts less-creative types with more capital among its residents. Luring cash from the acquisitive arrivals is a bevy of art galleries, cafes and boutiques along Abbot Kinney Boulevard.

21 Jan 2007 - 12:00am