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Andy Beckstoffer's mission has been to boldly go where no viticulturist has gone before. As one of the largest independent grape growers in the Napa Valley, he has long been an innovator in growing grapes, and in the business of growing grapes. But not in making wine. Napa Valley wineries purchase more than half the grapes they use from independents like Beckstoffer.
June 22, 2005 | S. Irene Virbila, Times Staff Writer
The buzz was out in the building: The Times tasting panel was about to weigh in on California's cult Cabernets. This was an exercise not in ranking the wines, like Parker or Tanzer, but in trying to understand -- for readers who may never have the chance to pop the cork on one of these fabled bottles -- what these wines are. We had assembled 19 of California's most sought-after Cabernets at a cost from $55 to as high as $235 per bottle for a grand total of $2,741.
February 20, 2013 | By David Zucchino, Los Angeles Times
BIG CYPRESS NATIONAL PRESERVE, Fla. - Strapped to Billy Bullard's hip was a machete he'd bought at a yard sale. In his fist were 4-foot-long metal snake tongs. Attached to the tongs was a high-resolution waterproof camera he called a "snake-cam. " All he had to do now was find a Burmese python. Bullard had been invited, along with just about anyone else willing to pay a $25 fee, to plunge into swampland and kill the fat, generally docile snakes that have been threatening the Everglades' ecosystem.
May 11, 2005 | Rod Smith, Special to The Times
About 170 years ago, a mountain man named George Yount settled in central Napa Valley on a large tract of land granted by the Mexican government. Between hunting grizzly bears and fighting the native Wappo and La Jota tribes, he established a farm that included a small vineyard -- Napa Valley's first grapevines. Today three Yountville-area landowners claim that Yount's vineyard site is on their land. Alas, the vines are long gone.
December 8, 1988 | DAN BERGER, Times Wine Writer
The Wine Institute said it has allocated $1 million to promote wine in a three-level campaign and to expand its public relations staff. At its annual executive committee and board of directors meetings in Palm Springs last week, the San Francisco-based trade organization also proposed a bylaws change that would give a stronger voice to smaller wineries. The group represents more than 530 California wineries.
March 22, 2006 | Corie Brown, Times Staff Writer
WINEMAKER Aurelio Montes turns his four-wheel drive up the steep hillside and along the terraced vineyard rows that form a wide bowl around his new winery in Chile's celebrated Apalta region. As the vehicle bounces along the rutted path, he describes the challenges of cultivating grapes on terrain that is best farmed by mules. But there is no alternative, he says. If Chile wants to be a world-class wine region, everything must be pushed to the extreme.
August 20, 2006 | Molly Malone, Special to The Times
DOWNTOWN streets bustle with blonds, brunets and redheads wearing the latest European fashions. People talk on cellphones, smoke cigarettes over cappuccinos and greet one another with kisses on the cheek. This Parisian-style city, renowned for tango and steak, has become downright cheap since the devaluation of the peso. A gourmet dinner for two with a bottle of local wine goes for $20.
January 24, 2007 | Corie Brown, Times Staff Writer
IMAGINE a world in which the best sparkling wines come from Surrey in southern England, not Champagne. A world where Monterey Bay is home to California's best Cabernet Sauvignons and Sweden produces world-class Rieslings. It's not science fiction. A growing number of climatologists are warning that by the turn of the next century, such a radically altered wine map could be the new reality.
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