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April 6, 1988 | BRUCE KEPPEL, Times Staff Writer
After a long day of making the rounds of major San Francisco Bay Area retailers who sell his family's wines, Bruno Benziger stepped into the cool interior of the 120-year-old ranch house that serves as home of Glen Ellen Winery and accepted a glass of Sauvignon blanc. "I didn't see any Scotch around," Benziger confided later, disclosing, a bit sheepishly, his beverage of preference.
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September 29, 1993 | DAN BERGER, TIMES WINE WRITER
Heublein Inc., the nation's third-largest wine company, said Tuesday that it will acquire Glen Ellen Proprietor's Reserve, one of the nation's most successful lines of lower-priced premium wines, from Benziger Family Ranch Associates. No sale price was announced, but industry analysts estimated that the deal cost Heublein, a division of Grand Metropolitan of England, about $60 million. The acquisition places Heublein almost dead even with the second-largest U.S. wine company.
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BUSINESS
September 29, 1993 | DAN BERGER, TIMES WINE WRITER
Heublein Inc., the nation's third-largest wine company, said Tuesday that it will acquire Glen Ellen Proprietor's Reserve, one of the nation's most successful lines of lower-priced premium wines, from Benziger Family Ranch Associates. No sale price was announced, but industry analysts estimated that the deal cost Heublein, a division of Grand Metropolitan of England, about $60 million. The acquisition places Heublein almost dead even with the second-largest U.S. wine company.
NEWS
July 11, 1989 | DAN BERGER, Times Wine Writer
Bruno Benziger, founder of the hugely successful Glen Ellen Winery in this Sonoma County town, died in his sleep of a heart attack Monday, a winery spokeswoman said. Benziger, who founded Glen Ellen near the old Jack London Ranch in the Valley of the Moon, had been suffering heart problems but recently appeared to be in better health and was back operating the winery.
NEWS
July 11, 1989 | DAN BERGER, Times Wine Writer
Bruno Benziger, founder of the hugely successful Glen Ellen Winery in this Sonoma County town, died in his sleep of a heart attack Monday, a winery spokeswoman said. Benziger, who founded Glen Ellen near the old Jack London Ranch in the Valley of the Moon, had been suffering heart problems but recently appeared to be in better health and was back operating the winery.
MAGAZINE
April 17, 1988 | ROBERT LAWRENCE BALZER
THE BENZIGER family has been involved in the wine trade ever since 1863, when Meinrod Benziger founded Park Benziger Imports in New York, a wholesale importing company. But his descendant, Bruno Benziger, an ex-Marine officer and father of seven, was looking for a way of life that the whole family could share: making their own wine on their own land.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 19, 2000
Helen Williamson Benziger, 73, matriarch of the Sonoma County winemaking family that started the Glen Ellen Winery and the Benziger Family Winery. Benziger moved to California from New York with her husband, Bruno, and other family members in 1981 to start a winery. Bruno Benziger had run Park-Benziger, a respected importer and distributor of spirits founded by his father that was the first U.S. company to import bulk Scotch and blend it here.
FOOD
March 29, 1990
The Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles is sponsoring a two-day food and wine expo showcasing the products of Sonoma County. The event, scheduled for April 6 and 7, is billed as "Sonoma Style: A Culinary Journey Through its Farms and Vineyards." Included are seminars, wine tastings, cooking demonstrations and a gala dinner. Among the three dozen Sonoma-based firms scheduled to participate are Gourmet Mushrooms Inc., Green Valley Organics, Mendocino Pasta Co.
NEWS
July 11, 1986
- Cabernet Sauvignon gold medal winners: Priced above $11.50: Grgich Hills Cellar 1981, Napa Valley; Bonny Doon Vineyard 1983, Anderson Valley; Davis Bynum Winery 1981 Reserve, Sonoma County; Inglenook-Napa Valley 1981 Limited Cask Reserve Selection, Estate Bottled; Monterey Peninsula 1982 Doctor's Reserve, Monterey; Califia Cellars 1982 Reserve, Napa Valley, Foureeminette Vineyard. Priced from $7.01 to $11.
FOOD
December 1, 1994 | DAN BERGER
When the Glen Ellen Winery in 1983 began to make popular-priced Chardonnay, winemaker Bruce Rector knew he couldn't afford to buy new French oak barrels for the wines. Such barrels were so expensive (today they run $600 each and may be used to full effect only three times) that they would have pushed the cost of the wine to such a level that it would no longer be popularly priced.
BUSINESS
April 6, 1988 | BRUCE KEPPEL, Times Staff Writer
After a long day of making the rounds of major San Francisco Bay Area retailers who sell his family's wines, Bruno Benziger stepped into the cool interior of the 120-year-old ranch house that serves as home of Glen Ellen Winery and accepted a glass of Sauvignon blanc. "I didn't see any Scotch around," Benziger confided later, disclosing, a bit sheepishly, his beverage of preference.
FOOD
June 4, 1992 | DAN BERGER
"I think that as an industry, we still have a long way to go before we are in real touch with the consumer on this issue," says Rusty Eddy of Glen Ellen Winery, which is continuing to test consumer acceptance of screw cap bottles. Last year the winery released a small amount of Dolcetto with screw caps. Two weeks ago the Sonoma County winery began testing Chardonnay and White Zinfandel screw-caps in a Portland, Me., shop.
NEWS
July 18, 1985
- The 1985 Cabernet Sauvignon gold medal winners: Priced above $11: Calafia Cellars 1981 Reserve, Napa Valley, Fouremeinette Vineyard (unanimous gold); Johnson Turnbull 1982, Napa Valley; Tudal Winery 1982, Napa Valley; Smothers Winery 1980, Alexander Valley; Steltzner 1981, Napa Valley; Carmenet Vineyards 1982, Sonoma County; Pine Ridge Winery 1982, Napa Valley, Rutherford Cuvee; Domaine Laurier 1982, Sonoma County, Green Valley; Duckhorn Vineyards 1982, Napa Valley; Mirassou 1982 Harvest
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