Mediavore: Fire-Smoked Northern California Wines

• All told, over 30 people were arrested at the Taste of Chicago, for offenses ranging from misdemeanor violations to carrying guns and knives. [Chicagoist]

• Milwaukee’s Will Allen is the nation’s “go-to expert on urban farming.” [NYT]

• The fires that ripped Northern California in 2008 might have affected that year’s red wines, giving them a smoky taste. [SF Chronicle]

• Joey Chestnut won the 2009 Nathan’s hot dog eating contest at Coney Island, while Chicagoan Patrick Bertoletti came in a respectable third. [Serious Eats]

• PepsiCo will expand its manufacturing and distribution network in Russia with a $1 billion investment. [WSJ]

Mediavore: Fire-Smoked Northern California Wines