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August 6, 1992 | BEVERLY BUSH SMITH, Beverly Bush Smith is a free-lance writer who regularly covers restaurant news for The Times Orange County Edition. and
No more grilling meats until they're like charcoal briquettes. Attend Saturday's class on outdoor grilling by Rosanne Ruiz, chef at the Robert Mondavi Wine & Food Center, and learn tips and recipes for grilling meats, fish and vegetables. The morning session, which begins at 9:30, will include a demonstration and tasting of food with Robert Mondavi wines. The cost is $48 per person, including tax and gratuity. 1570 Scenic Ave., Costa Mesa. (714) 979-4510. Owner J.J.
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May 23, 2008 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Jeanne Viner Bell, 85, a publicist who helped an advocacy group for California winemakers make its products a presence on the diplomatic social circuit in Washington, D.C., died Wednesday at her son's home in Los Angeles. She had Alzheimer's disease. Bell -- then known as Jeanne Viner -- started her self-titled agency in 1961. Her clients included many French restaurants and a spectrum of trade organizations, but the Wine Institute, representing California winemakers, was among her most important.
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June 11, 2003 | Corie Brown, Times Staff Writer
Robert Mondavi, the patron of Napa Valley, shows no signs of slowing down as he approaches his 90th birthday. He remains the man of the grand gesture, throwing a gala dinner party for 90 guests last week during the annual Napa Valley wine auction, a charity event he founded 22 years ago. Afterward, he claimed to have kissed every woman at the party. But don't mistake him for a mere bon vivant. Mondavi is back at work, taking a hands-on role in the direction of his namesake wines.
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May 17, 2008 | Shawn Hubler, Special to The Times
Robert Mondavi, the pioneering Napa Valley vintner whose drive and salesmanship revolutionized the way the world thought about California wine, died peacefully Friday at his Yountville, Calif., home, a spokeswoman for the Robert Mondavi Winery said. He was 94. The son of an Italian-born grape wholesaler from the Central Valley, Mondavi was, at the end of his life, one of the best-known figures in American viticulture, with a name that was almost synonymous with California wine.
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December 9, 1998 | MICHAEL J. YBARRA, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Robert Mondavi can't find a bottle of wine. Sure, there's a table in his small office topped with a forest of bottles from around the world; then there's the woodpile of various vintages casually stacked next to his desk. There's even a magnum with Mondavi's face hand-painted in gold lying on its side.
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April 15, 1990 | ROBERT L. BALZER
ROBERT MONDAVI has been educating the public about wine for more than 20 years from his Napa Valley winery. Now, with the Robert Mondavi Wine & Food Center in Costa Mesa, he has branched into Southern California, the nation's largest wine market. The 10,000-square-foot center features cultural and gastronomy programs, music festivals and an acre-plus sculpture garden. Activities this month include a Chardonnay-oak-aging seminar and a viewing of Panamanian artist Sheila Lichacz's works.
BUSINESS
October 5, 2004 | Jerry Hirsch
Board member and former Chairman and Chief Executive R. Michael Mondavi has severed his last connection to Robert Mondavi Corp., the company founded by his father. In a letter to current Chairman Ted Hall, Michael Mondavi gave up his board seat. Mondavi said he strongly objected to the board's plan to sell the landmark Robert Mondavi Winery in Oakville, Calif., and other high-end wine assets to raise funds to invest in its everyday Woodbridge label and other inexpensive wine brands.
BUSINESS
December 16, 2003
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BUSINESS
June 11, 1993 | From Associated Press
Robert Mondavi Corp., one of the nation's best-known winemakers, sold 2.5 million shares Thursday in an initial public offering. Mondavi has offered 3.7 million shares priced at $13.50 a share, Goldman, Sachs & Co. and Hambrecht & Quist said. The stock closed at $13.125 in over-the-counter trading. Mondavi becomes the country's third winery to offer stock to the public. Of the 3.7 million shares offered, 2.7 million were being sold by the company and 1 million by existing shareholders.
BUSINESS
October 28, 2004 | Jerry Hirsch, Times Staff Writer
Napa winemaker Robert Mondavi Corp. posted a big quarterly loss Wednesday because of charges associated with its controversial restructuring plan. Mondavi said it lost $57.7 million, or $3.47 a share, in its fiscal first quarter ended Sept. 30, contrasted with a profit of $9.8 million, or 60 cents, a year earlier. Without the charges, Mondavi would have had a profit of $7.3 million, or 44 cents a share. The results included $105.
BUSINESS
January 9, 2008 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Constellation Brands Inc. said its third-quarter profit rose 11%, lifted by strong liquor sales, a steadily growing wine business in North America and the acquisition of Svedka vodka. The world's biggest wine company -- the Fairport, N.Y., firm owns Robert Mondavi, Manischewitz and other labels -- cut its full-year profit outlook, however, in part because of costs from its recent purchase of the U.S. wine business of Fortune Brands Inc. Profit for the quarter ended Nov. 30 rose to $119.
BUSINESS
December 30, 2004 | From Reuters
The maker of a new corking technology is suing Constellation Brands Inc. unit Robert Mondavi, alleging that the winemaker backed out of a deal to use the closure system on its wines. Gardner Technologies is "facing financial ruin" because Mondavi abandoned an exclusive program to supply customers such as Whole Foods Market Inc. and Outback Steakhouse Inc. with wines using Gardner's MetaCork technology for a test period of several months, according to court papers filed this month. Napa, Calif.
BUSINESS
December 23, 2004 | From Associated Press
A California wine country landmark changed hands Wednesday as shareholders of the Robert Mondavi Corp. approved a nearly $1.36-billion buyout by New York-based drinks giant Constellation Brands. The deal was approved at a meeting in San Francisco with more than 80% of votes cast by Class A shareholders and 94% of votes cast by Class B shareholders in favor of selling.
BUSINESS
November 4, 2004 | Jerry Hirsch, Times Staff Writer
Robert Mondavi Corp. on Wednesday accepted a sweetened $1.03-billion takeover offer from Constellation Brands Inc., the world's largest wine company. The offer of $56.50 in cash for each of Mondavi's Class A shares represents a 46% premium over the share price Oct. 11, the day before Constellation made its first proposal to Mondavi's board of directors. The total value of the deal would be $1.36 billion, including the assumption of $325 million of debt.
BUSINESS
October 28, 2004 | Jerry Hirsch, Times Staff Writer
Napa winemaker Robert Mondavi Corp. posted a big quarterly loss Wednesday because of charges associated with its controversial restructuring plan. Mondavi said it lost $57.7 million, or $3.47 a share, in its fiscal first quarter ended Sept. 30, contrasted with a profit of $9.8 million, or 60 cents, a year earlier. Without the charges, Mondavi would have had a profit of $7.3 million, or 44 cents a share. The results included $105.
BUSINESS
October 25, 2004 | Jerry Hirsch, Times Staff Writer
One Wall Street analyst called it a "connoisseur's" bid. Another labeled it "stunning." But the question about Constellation Brands' $970-million pitch for California winemaker Robert Mondavi Corp. is whether it will be enough. "Mondavi is one of the strongest wine brands in the world," said Robert Nicholson, an investment banker who heads International Wine Associates in Healdsburg, Calif. "I don't think the rest of the industry is going to stand by without taking a look."
BUSINESS
September 15, 2004 | Jerry Hirsch, Times Staff Writer
Robert Mondavi Winery, Napa Valley's crown jewel, is on the block. Its parent, Robert Mondavi Corp., said Tuesday that it planned to sell not only the winery in Oakville, Calif., but also its high-end wine ventures so it could focus on the relatively inexpensive Woodbridge brand and other lower-end wines. The divestitures would mark a sea change for the business founded in 1966 by Robert Mondavi, who helped place Napa Valley in the atlas of the world's greatest wine regions.
BUSINESS
January 9, 2008 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Constellation Brands Inc. said its third-quarter profit rose 11%, lifted by strong liquor sales, a steadily growing wine business in North America and the acquisition of Svedka vodka. The world's biggest wine company -- the Fairport, N.Y., firm owns Robert Mondavi, Manischewitz and other labels -- cut its full-year profit outlook, however, in part because of costs from its recent purchase of the U.S. wine business of Fortune Brands Inc. Profit for the quarter ended Nov. 30 rose to $119.
BUSINESS
October 20, 2004 | Jerry Hirsch, Times Staff Writer
The world's biggest wine company wants to buy one of California's most illustrious vintners. Constellation Brands Inc. said Tuesday that it had made a $970-million cash offer for Robert Mondavi Corp. Including assumption of debt, the transaction would be worth $1.3 billion. Such a deal would place the company founded by California wine patriarch Robert Mondavi into the hands of an international corporate giant whose products include Manischewitz kosher wine and Corona beer.
BUSINESS
October 5, 2004 | Jerry Hirsch
Board member and former Chairman and Chief Executive R. Michael Mondavi has severed his last connection to Robert Mondavi Corp., the company founded by his father. In a letter to current Chairman Ted Hall, Michael Mondavi gave up his board seat. Mondavi said he strongly objected to the board's plan to sell the landmark Robert Mondavi Winery in Oakville, Calif., and other high-end wine assets to raise funds to invest in its everyday Woodbridge label and other inexpensive wine brands.
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