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Truffle cultivation with Robert Chang of American Truffle Company and Rob Sinskey of Robert Sinskey Vineyards.

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Toutsuite Social Club (Jan 2013)


Hear what Robert Chang and Dr. Paul Thomas of the American Truffle Company have to say about the science and business of truffle cultivation, plus meet Bill Collins and his truffle dog Rico.

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Stark Insider with Loni Stark (Jan 2013)

I speak with Chef Ken Frank (La Toque), Michael Tusk (Quince), Nicola Chessa (Valentino), and Marco Gubbieotti (La Bastiglia, Italy) [along with Robert Chang, Dr. Paul Thomas, Rob Sinskey, Colman Andrews and more] to glean as much information as possible about how truffles are influencing the country's top chefs...Here's what to expect...

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Toutsuite Social Club (Dec 2012)

Get an overview of the 2012 Napa Truffle Festival plus truffle cultivation with Robert Chang, Managing Director of American Truffle Company.

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KGO AM 810 & KSFO 560 AM, Anthony Licciardi (Nov 2011)

Anthony is joined by Robert Chang, Managing Director of American Truffle Company, and Patricia Wells, author of “Simply Truffles.”

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North Bay Business Journal
(Oct 2015)

The prospects of delivering highly valued but highly perishable European-style truffles to A-list Bay Area restaurants in hours instead of days has generated excitement in culinary circles about what may come out of the ground among a North Coast vineyard this winter…

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EATER (Sept 2015)

This fall, one of California’s pioneering biodynamic winemakers, Robert Sinskey of the namesake Napa and Sonoma vineyards, will be the first to harvest black Périgord (winter) and Burgundy (summer) truffles in the area—two of the most expensive and desired varieties in the world.

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Associated Press (June 2015)

…As more landowners plant orchards in hopes of harvesting truffles, more dogs are being trained to detect the earthy delicacies, which take several years to ripen on tree roots underground…

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NapaLife (June 2015)

Peju Province Winery is the latest winery to partner with American Truffle Company to plant a truffle orchard...The Pejus join several other wine country growers that are cultivating black truffle orchards, including Paul and Sandy Otellini of Rossi Ranch, Mary Rocca of Rocca Family Vineyards, Rob Sinskey of Robert Sinskey Vineyards, and Todd and Trevor Traina of Hermosa Vineyards. Robert Sinskey Vineyards will likely be the first to harvest truffles. All indications are on target and show healthy development…

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There was a time when wild truffles could be found throughout the UK and Europe’s woodlands, but with the eradication of the old forests for building material, firewood and agriculture, most of the wild truffles were eliminated. In fact, today over 95% of all truffle production from France alone comes from cultivated sources…

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San Francisco Chronicle by Carolyn Jung (Dec 2014)

On the edge of his Sonoma vineyard … vintner Robert Sinskey has yanked out grapevines to make room for a few hundred oak and filbert trees. It’s all part of a daring venture that may come to fruition — or folly — as early as next winter…They also can be exceedingly profitable, reaping five times or more what the same acre of grapes might bring…That’s why brothers Todd and Trevor Traina decided to spend $25,000 to rip out 2½ acres of their Cabernet vineyard in the Napa Valley’s Stag’s Leap district to attempt to grow Périgord truffles…

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Nation’s Restaurant News (March 2015)

The earthy-flavored rare fungus, whether black or white, are turning up everywhere…Tricky and time consuming to cultivate…None of this has stopped would-be truffle tycoons. The annual Napa Valley Truffle Festival combines world-class cuisine with cutting-edge science…

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Nob Hill Gazette (July 2014)

(2008, Munich): a young Stanford graduate (Robert Chang) walks into a restaurant…He orders butter-tossed tagliatelli with black truffles…he wonders, “Can I grow truffles?”…His research leads to only one guy with credible scientific knowledge…Dr. Paul Thomas, who lives in the United Kingdom and remains the world’s leading authority on truffle cultivation technology…

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Until you taste them, you won’t understand, and when you do, you might become addicted. Haaretz got a taste of the rare fungi at the Napa Truffle Festival. HAAERTZ (Feb 2014)

At the first taste, you don’t get what all the fuss is about…But then, within moments, the taste buds are activated and an extraordinary aroma assaults you from every direction… the secret of truffles…Perigord truffles, also known as winter truffles, are the top species. They sell for anywhere from $2,500-$7,000 per kilo…

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The truffle trend is coming to a vineyard near you.

Wine Enthusiast Magazine, Sarah Doyle (April 2013)

Thanks to new technology—which allows young oak and chestnut tree roots to be inoculated with black truffle spores—several U.S. wine producers are planting the tasty tuber melanosporum alongside their Pinot and Cab…“We’re definitely on the verge of a very significant trend.”

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KQED Bay Area Bites, Maria Finn (Jan 2013)

There is no food on earth that inspires obsession like edible wild mushrooms and the Holy Grail of these are truffles. Out of the thousands of species, two are prized above all others: the Italian white truffle and the black Périgord truffle….cost more per ounce than many narcotics…Sonoma and Napa may very well be the next major truffle producing regions.

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Stark Insider, Clinton Stark (Jan 2012)

I discovered a large cover-up in Napa. It involves rare and expensive goods. One of the main perps appears to be operating out of Robert Sinskey Vineyards...Truffles sell for $500-$1,000 per pound, so you quickly learn the rational as to why some winemakers and property owners across the Napa Valley would take the risk and cultivate them...

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7x7, Courtney Humiston (Jan 2013)

...the American Truffle Company, an international research and for-profit cultivation company based in San Mateo, proposed that Napa isn’t just a great place to grow grapes, it’s good for truffles as well...

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examiner.com, Wanda Hennig (Jan 2013)

Sooner rather than later and most likely within the next three years, when you order a truffle dish in the United States — a famous “black diamond” Périgord truffle dish, which now requires your truffles to be flown in from Italy — the truffles will have been locally grown and harvested ...

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Cuisine Noir, Wanda Hennig (Jan 2013)

Sooner rather than later and most likely within the next three years, when you order a truffle dish in the United States — a famous “black diamond” Périgord truffle dish, which now requires your truffles to be flown in from Italy — the truffles will have been locally grown and harvested ...

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The Daily Meal, Colman Andrews (Jan 2013)

We're standing in a truffle orchard on a tract of hilly vine-covered property owned by Robert Sinskey Vineyards... Sheep cluster in the shade in one field and around us are plots planted with grape varieties ... but at our feet, literally, are the roots of young trees that may one day produce a treasure more often associated with southwestern France and Provence: Tuber melanosporum, the black Périgord truffle, one of the world's great gastronomic rarities...

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Exquise, Karina Calayag (Jan 2013)

...Truffles, the subterranean mushroom variety, have for centuries been among the most coveted gastronomic delicacy all over Europe and, more recently, in the US... it is plain there is plenty of room for additional supply in the market thus an opportunity for an increase in production, in particular, local production...When it comes to truffles, more is more...

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Chicoer Enterprise, Nancy Lindahl (Jan 2013)

... Native to southern France, Spain and Italy, truffles grow in a Mediterranean climate similar to that of the Napa Valley. The similarity has spurred plantings of truffle orchards, oak or filbert saplings that have been inoculated with truffle spore that will grow as the tree matures...

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Sacramento Bee, Al Pierleoni (Jan 2013)

The festival continued over the weekend with truffle-centric seminars, winery tours, food-and-wine pairings, a winemaker dinner, a truffle orchard tour and a mushroom-foraging excursion...Of course, everything was topped with shavings of black truffles...

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Napa Valley Register, Rosemarie Kempton (Jan 2013)

Truffles have been shrouded in myth and mystery for 4,000 years...Prized by Egyptians/Greeks/Romans ...also known as “witches’ fare,” nearly disappeared during the Middle Ages because the church thought they were the creation of the devil, but their popularity returned during the Renaissance. In modern times truffles, the most expensive food in the world, are sought after for culinary purposes...shipped to buyers across the globe from where they’ve traditionally been grown: France, Spain and Italy....But that is beginning to change. Recently, truffles have been cultivated in countries around the world including...the United States.

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Los Angeles Times, S. Irene Virbila/Daily Scoop (Nov 2012)

...listen up. If you’re planning on a wine country trip in January, the Napa Truffle Festival is coming up…The festival celebrates Tuber melanosporum, the winter Périgord black truffle (not to be confused with the much less pungent and pricy summer truffle)…

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AIWF, Chef Ken Frank/La Toque, (2012-2013)

There is simply no other food to rival the fresh truffle. I have yet to find words to easily describe the aroma and flavor of truffle. It’s intoxicating, both subtle and powerful at the same time. Truffle has an appeal that is almost primal…

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Taste of Travel, Charlene Peters (July 2012)

…Rico doesn’t need to work, but he can’t help it. He comes from a long lineage of “truffle hunters” from Italy – dogs who consider sniffing out truffles as playtime…

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LUXURY Las Vegas, Marilyn LaRocque (July 2012)

…demand for these ugly diamonds in the dirt is insatiable; supply, minuscule…Robert Chang of the American Truffle Company enlightened would-be truffle growers about the Midas touch needed to turn truffles into gold while Michelin-starred chefs elevated the truffle to epicurean heights…

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Weekly Calistogan/St Helena Star, Cary Shott (April 2012)

Each year, more vintners are adding truffle orchards to their vineyard properties and many more are giving the idea serious consideration…

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Napa County Farm Bureau: Grower Advocate (Spring 2012)

…Successful truffle yield depends on cultivation techniques, as well as high quality inoculated trees…

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HuffPost, Mary Orlin (Jan 2012)

I spent the MLK holiday weekend in Napa Valley at the 2nd annual Napa Truffle Festival (I know, tough job right?)…Here are some facts and some myths to debunk regarding these ugly, knobby but intoxicating balls…

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North Bay Biz, Jill Hunting (July 2011)

The allure of – and demand for – truffles may bring another agricultural boom to California …

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Arizona Daily Star, Matt Andrejcakk (Dec 2010)

...While U.S. chefs buy most of their truffles from the famed food regions of Provence in France and Tuscany in Italy, there is a truffle movement afoot in America, with growers from North Carolina to California to Oregon hoping to cash in on the highly prized underground fungus...

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Chicago Tribune, Irene S. Levine (Dec, 2010)

If you've ever tasted ... black truffles in France, the memories of those dishes linger. .. But you don't have to cross the Atlantic to savor these decadent fungi, which are alleged to be aphrodisiacs...

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Napa Valley Register, Mike Treleven (Oct 2010)

A Napa Valley winery (Robert Sinskey Vineyards) is not just about winegrapes anymore. Soon truffles, an aromatic food delicacy, will be on the Carneros District’s agricultural menu. Growing the high-end edible mushroom is beginning to take off in California...

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Wines & Vines, Paul Franson (Dec 2010)

Looking for a complementary alternative crop to winegrapes, some North American grapegrowers are following the lead of their European colleagues and planting trees that they hope will eventually encourage truffles to grow...

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Quarterly Review of Wines (Summer 2011)

... matches the spirit of the French and the Italians...The American Truffle Company under director Robert Chang was the initiator. For the last decade, ATC has applied major scientific research into cultivation of truffles...

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