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ShutterstockThe barbera grape can produce a spectrum of wines, depending on where and how it's grown. Most vines produce better wine if pruned -- the fewer grape bunches on a vine, the more resources the vine has to give to those grapes.

Explore two varieties of the food-friendly, rich barbera grape

It's no surprise that two wines made from the same grape can taste vastly different from each other.
To accompany the tasting, we ate the appetizer we made: squash blossom quesadillas with salsa straight from the molcajete.Lucy Herrman

Holy mole!

Oaxaca, Mexico, is a beautifully preserved Spanish Colonial city with impressive cathedrals and historic monasteries, picturesque cobblestone streets lined with brightly painted buildings, and a traditional zocalo (the central square) with an abundance of sidewalk cafés and restaurants.
File photoSpices from all over the globe take up one whole wall at Taos Spice Merchants, 226 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, Unit B. Fat carries flavor, so warming or frying whole, fresh or dried spices or herbs -- like cumin, coriander, fennel, curry or peppers -- in a little butter or oil before adding them to a dish also intensifies their more savory side.
In the Kitchen

Brighten winter fare with flavor

About this time of year the pots of soup, stews, braises and other comfort foods that get us through winter can get a little -- let's admit it -- boring.
Home & Garden
Nan FischerDahlia grown from a tuber. In February, walk around and inspect your flower beds. Look for plants that have heaved out of the soil and gently put them back in place being sure the roots are buried again. Top the soil with mulch.
Home and Garden

Top tips for pruning fruit trees in February

It's hard not to get excited about spring this time of year as the sun moves north and comes into the house at different angles. Days are visibly lengthening, another sign spring is …
Fencing can serve as an arresting feature in winter, especially after snowfall.

Banish winter woes with a vibrant snowy landscape

As I look out my window this morning in the new year, the gardens I did not clean up in fall are outlined with frozen fog. Backlit by the early morning sun, flower stalks, tree branches and wire fences seem so delicate they would break if touched.

Top 10 holiday decorating safety tips

Some tips to keep you safe as you make a festive holiday home:
Health & fitness
Jesse Moya/Taos NewsLaughter yoga instructor Meredith Vaughn, center, leads the group in an activity meant to get the class up and moving at First Presbyterian Church in Taos.
Health and Fitness

Shake it off at laughter yoga

When life gets us down, David and Meredith Vaughn are teaching community members to laugh it out. Laughter yoga is a rising trend that has made its way to Taos and the Vaughns have all their classes leaving in hysterics.

Let's understand vitamin D

Although the diseases caused by vitamin deficiencies had been apparent for many years, it was not until the 1900s that those vitamin deficiencies, due to diets low in vitamin-rich foods, were recognized as the culprit.
During individual counseling, program director Erica Jacknin occasionally uses sand tray therapy, during which patients must create their own, unique world with miniature objects in sand. Jacknin said the blue man is one of the most popular miniatures selected by her patients.

Free your mind through your body

Walking through the doors of Trauma and Recovery Center in El Prado, one is faced with two rows of pottery wheels. Stroll past the clay vessels, dog- and dragon-like creatures peeking from the shelves, and you arrive in another room filled with hand drums.
Great outdoors
ShutterstockThe Snowshoe with a Biologist program lets you explore the Carson National Forest backcountry with experienced Forest Service biologists every Friday through March.

Go snowshoe with a biologist

Strap on a pair of snowshoes and stride through the forest with one of the knowledgeable Forest Service staff who will talk about flora, fauna, history and ecology of the area. Open to all ages, the Snowshoe with a Biologist program is "an interactive way to connect you with Forest Service employees who have a keen interest in natural resource education," according to a press release from the agency.
Ellen Miller GoinsDesserts fill a table at the Enchanted Forest Cross-Country Ski Area near Red River. Desserts are provided by both local restaurants and accomplished individual bakers as well.

Just Desserts: Eat, ski and snowshoe

For almost 35 years, Enchanted Forest Cross-Country Ski Area has been hosting a sweet celebration called Just Desserts. The tradition continues this Saturday (Feb. 22) from noon to 2 p.m. at the ski area located just outside of the town of Red River. Skiers and snowshoers can travel between stations set up along a five-kilometer course and enjoy locally made desserts as they go.
Courtesy photoMembers of the Atmospheric Radiation Measurement installation team stand in front of the icebreaker RV Polarstern.

Science on the Hill: Expedition drifts in Arctic ice to study climate

After years of planning and days of travel, a team of scientists and technicians from Los Alamos National Laboratory at last have made it to the top of the world, that snow desert known as the Arctic.
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