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December 24, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Jack Daniel's Owner to Buy Monterey Winery: Brown-Forman Corp. of Louisville, Ky., which produces Jack Daniel's whiskey, said it will acquire the award-winning Jekel Vineyards of Monterey County, Calif. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Jekel produces about 50,000 cases a year of premium wine, most of it Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Riesling. Bill Jekel, the winery founder, will stay on to run the operation, Brown-Forman said.
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December 24, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Jack Daniel's Owner to Buy Monterey Winery: Brown-Forman Corp. of Louisville, Ky., which produces Jack Daniel's whiskey, said it will acquire the award-winning Jekel Vineyards of Monterey County, Calif. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Jekel produces about 50,000 cases a year of premium wine, most of it Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Riesling. Bill Jekel, the winery founder, will stay on to run the operation, Brown-Forman said.
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February 21, 1985
Harrah's Marina Hotel Casino will host the second annual "Wines of America" festival featuring more than 35 premier California, Washington and Oregon wineries March 22-24. Wine enthusiasts will attend wine tastings, seminars, panel discussions led by top wine makers in the United States and gourmet meals highlighted by Champagnes and wines.
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February 11, 1990 | Robert Lawrence Balzer
THE LOCATION OF A VINEYARD is of basic importance in wine making. Different soils give different tastes to the wines, which echo the regions of their birth, the places where the grapes were grown. Climate is also important, but wine makers don't agree on whether it is the soil in which the grapes are grown or the regional climate of the area that accounts for a wine's excellence or distinctive characteristics.
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February 11, 1990 | Robert Lawrence Balzer
THE LOCATION OF A VINEYARD is of basic importance in wine making. Different soils give different tastes to the wines, which echo the regions of their birth, the places where the grapes were grown. Climate is also important, but wine makers don't agree on whether it is the soil in which the grapes are grown or the regional climate of the area that accounts for a wine's excellence or distinctive characteristics.
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June 8, 1995 | BENJAMIN EPSTEIN, Benjamin Epstein is a free-lance writer who regularly contributes to the Times Orange County. Information for this column can be faxed to (714) 966-7790. Or phone (714) 966-7700.
At the top of a new summer menu for Kachina in Laguna Beach, which reopened recently after being closed five weeks for repairs and a remodel, John Sharpe plans to use an 1852 quote from Chief Seattle: "All things are connected like the blood that connects us all." That certainly seems to be the case with Orange County restaurants.
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July 18, 1992 | MARTHA GROVES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Brown-Forman Corp., the producer of Jack Daniel's Tennessee Whiskey, said Friday that it has agreed to buy Fetzer Vineyards, a fast-growing Mendocino County maker of premium wines that is now run by nine of the founder's 11 children. Although both sides declined to disclose the value of the deal, several sources in the wine industry speculated that it was more than $100 million, one of the largest winery sales in U.S. and California history.
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August 22, 1991 | DAN BERGER, TIMES WINE WRITER
New York-based Canandaigua Wine Co., one of only two publicly traded U.S. wine companies, said it acquired Guild Wineries and Distilleries of Lodi for $55 million cash. The deal adds more than 3 million cases to Canandaigua's wine production. The firm now owns the successful Cook's American Champagne brand, of which 1.7 million cases were sold last year.
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December 18, 1988 | ROBERT LAWRENCE BALZER
To help holiday shoppers, I have compiled a list of the most outstanding California wines of 1988. I tasted some of these wines recently at the third annual World of Wines Festival held at The Ritz-Carlton in Laguna Niguel. The festival was climaxed with the presentation of the Lifetime Achievement Award to Andre Tchelistcheff, a viticulture and enology expert. What I had started as a list of the "Ten most outstanding wines of 1988" quickly escalated to more than 50. And there are even more candidates.
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October 5, 1989 | DAN BERGER, Times Wine Writer
Guenoc Vineyards in Lake County has discovered eight vines believed to have been planted before the turn of the century by actress Lillie Langtry. The discovery, made about a month ago, surprised Guenoc owner Orville Magoon, who for the last decade has been trying to trace the commitment to wine made by Langtry, who bought the 4,000-acre ranch in Lake County, north of the Napa Valley, in 1888 and, it is believed, made wine and sold it under her own brand.
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February 21, 1985
Harrah's Marina Hotel Casino will host the second annual "Wines of America" festival featuring more than 35 premier California, Washington and Oregon wineries March 22-24. Wine enthusiasts will attend wine tastings, seminars, panel discussions led by top wine makers in the United States and gourmet meals highlighted by Champagnes and wines.
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March 22, 1990 | DAN BERGER, TIMES WINE WRITER
Vintech Wine Group, a fast-moving agricultural investment company based in Santa Rosa, has acquired two more California wineries including well-regarded Jekel Vineyards in Monterey County. Vintech, which acquires wineries through a series of limited partnerships, said it paid just over $9 million for Jekel, which was founded in 1978, and $4.5 million for Mazzocco Vineyards, a Sonoma County winery founded in 1984.
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March 9, 1986 | ROBERT LAWRENCE BALZER
How often has it happened? In the moments before you are ushered to your seat in a restaurant, you spot a table covered with luscious desserts: a bowl of snowy-white ovals of meringue, a torte garnished with sliced strawberries, a chocolate cake with dark, bittersweet "fencing" around a swirling crown of white and dark chocolate curls. You decide to save room for dessert . . . definitely.
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