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Mike Hegedus

CNBC Special Features Reporter


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  • Fruit of the Vine Tuesday, 29 May 2007 | 10:11 AM ET

    It's a classic case of what's in a name -- and it's the "name" of the game in the $22 billion wine industry.Napa, Sonoma, Willamette Valley, Lodi -- all AVA, or appellations. There are 236 in the United States: federally designated "unique" viticulture regions. If you get one, you put it on your label, and the price on that bottle of Pinot Noir goes up by a couple of bucks.The newest "appellation" in the wine business is the Snake River Valley -- in Idaho!

  • Memorial Day Monday, 28 May 2007 | 4:02 PM ET

    "Memorial Day..."It was 36 years ago that I covered my first Memorial Day for television: the placing of the individual American flags on the graves of veterans in a National Cemetery in Colorado.

  • Moonshine & Motor Sports Thursday, 24 May 2007 | 9:46 AM ET

    It's the way NASCAR began: dirt roads, fast cars and illegal booze.Running moonshine, 'corn liquor,' to outrun the law was the training ground for most of the early NASCAR drivers: the Richard Petty's, the Junior Johnson's.Now it's all come full circle. Junior Johnson is helping sell legal moonshine.