NewPress: Jackson Family Wines turns to growing truffles in Sonoma, USA

Cain Calvo (left) and Louis Gonzalez put in rowsed with P of hazelnut saplings for Jackson Family Wines, which is planting 10 acres of hazelnut trees inoculated with Perigord truffle spores in Santa Rosa.

Perigord truffles: They’re called black gold because they’re one of the most expensive and luxurious ingredients in the world.

Historically foraged in the Perigord region of France and used in the finest restaurants in the world, the black truffle could soon be Sonoma County’s next big crop.

Farmers and vintners, who believe that Sonoma’s terroir and climate mirrors Perigord, are buying up land, ripping out vineyards and planting trees inoculated with the fungus, hoping to strike it rich – or at least grow some of the best-tasting truffles in the new world.

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