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December 9, 1989 | DAN BERGER, TIMES WINE WRITER
The Robert Mondavi Winery has agreed to acquire Byron Vineyard & Winery in Santa Barbara County, The Times has learned. The deal would further expand Mondavi's extensive land holdings along California's Central Coast. It follows the 1987 purchase by Mondavi of more than 1,000 acres of vineyards in Santa Barbara County. No purchase price was announced, but sources said the transaction amounts to more than $6 million.
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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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March 5, 1992 | RUTH REICHL, TIMES FOOD EDITOR
James Beard didn't like people who were too nice," says Marion Cunningham. "When I was nice, he wanted to kick me." Despite this crucial failing, Cunningham managed to work with Beard for many years. "Well," she says matter-of-factly, "he knew he had more fun when I was around." Almost everybody has more fun when Marion Cunningham is around. Which is one reason why, although she lacks Beard's imposing presence, this beautiful, lanky, down-to-earth all-American has inherited his mantle.
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.
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March 31, 1993 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Mondavi Weighing Stock Offering: The family-owned Robert Mondavi Winery is considering a public stock offering that would make the Napa Valley winery one of only three publicly traded wine firms in the United States. Funds would be used to replant 1,000 acres of vines infested with a root louse phylloxera, which could cost up to $20 million, as well as for a possible investment in a wine operation in Chile.
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February 24, 1987 | BRUCE KEPPEL, Times Staff Writer
February here in the heart of the Napa Valley wine country is a time of preparation and expectation: Wild mustard carpets the vineyards in yellow while the still-sleeping vines await the first surge of renewed life. The past few days have been a time of expectation, too, for the 18 wineries whose best offerings competed in intensive "blind" tastings in this village of 3,000.
MAGAZINE
June 21, 1992 | R. Daniel Foster
The new moderation of the '90s has California's wineries a trifle unnerved. Wary of those who think of wine as just another manifestation of demon liquor and disheartened by declining consumption, vineyard owners are going to great lengths to prove that wine is not so much alcohol as a necessary complement to any meal, indeed, a side dish.
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August 13, 1989 | ROBERT LAWRENCE BALZER
OPUS ONE, the much-heralded joint venture of the late Baron Philippe de Rothschild of France and Robert Mondavi of California, has broken ground in the Napa Valley. Construction of a seven-acre winery has begun. The building, which will stand in the center of Opus One's mature 100-acre Oakville vineyards, will be, in the words of designer Scott Johnson, "a seamless blend of two cultures, of the tastes and desires of two families."
BUSINESS
October 20, 2004 | Chris Gaither, Times Staff Writer
With its aggressive bid for Robert Mondavi Corp., Constellation Brands Inc. is aiming to go from mass to class. Sixty years after it began churning out fruit wines in an old sauerkraut factory, Constellation stands as the world's biggest vintner and is poised to join the ranks of international beverage-industry powerhouses. The products it makes or distributes include Corona beer, Almaden wine in a box, Manischewitz kosher wine and Black Velvet Canadian whiskey.
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September 27, 2004 | Jerry Hirsch, Times Staff Writer
For nearly 40 Septembers, R. Michael Mondavi has helped the iconic Napa Valley winery built by his father harvest some of the world's best wine grapes. This year, he is reluctantly watching a harvest of another sort -- the famous Oakville winery itself. Over the objections of family members, Robert Mondavi Corp. announced plans this month to sell the winery that bears the founder's name and produces Cabernets Sauvignon that go for as much as $125 a bottle.
BUSINESS
September 19, 2004 | From Times Staff and Wire Services
US Airways Files Again for Chapter 11 Protection The airline industry's financial crisis deepened as cash-strapped US Airways Group Inc., the nation's seventh-largest carrier, filed for bankruptcy protection for the second time in two years. The Arlington, Va.-based airline mainly serves the Eastern U.S., but its service includes 27 daily departures from California, including 11 from Los Angeles and five from San Diego. The filing under Chapter 11 of the U.S.
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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.
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March 22, 2001 | ANN CONWAY
In a daring fashion extravaganza that stole breaths and raised eyebrows, Salvatore Ferragamo showcased its spring-summer ready-to-wear collection for more than 400 members of the Guilds of the Orange County Performing Arts Center. On view at the Four Seasons in Newport Beach: forward-looking fashions that played peekaboo with models' bodies.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 25, 1998 | JUAN HOVEY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Steve and Penkanya Rakoczy come to the restaurant business with pedigrees. Rakoczy's parents ran a blues club in Florida, and his wife's parents had a Thai restaurant in Sherman Oaks in the same location now occupied by the younger couple's Cozy's Bar and Grill. Rakoczy spent about 10 years in the film industry and then was ready for something different.
BUSINESS
October 20, 2004 | Chris Gaither, Times Staff Writer
With its aggressive bid for Robert Mondavi Corp., Constellation Brands Inc. is aiming to go from mass to class. Sixty years after it began churning out fruit wines in an old sauerkraut factory, Constellation stands as the world's biggest vintner and is poised to join the ranks of international beverage-industry powerhouses. The products it makes or distributes include Corona beer, Almaden wine in a box, Manischewitz kosher wine and Black Velvet Canadian whiskey.
BUSINESS
May 1, 1998 | E. SCOTT RECKARD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Robert Mondavi Winery, the quintessential promoter of California wine, said Thursday it is moving in next door to the Happiest Place on Earth. The Napa Valley winery is the first outside sponsor of an attraction at Walt Disney Co.'s new theme park, California Adventure, which opens in Anaheim beside Disneyland in 2001. Angled more toward adults than Disneyland, the park is part of efforts by Disney and Anaheim to make the city a multiple-day stop for more tourists.
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May 1, 1998 | E. SCOTT RECKARD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Robert Mondavi Winery, the quintessential promoter of California wine, said Thursday that it is moving in next door to the Happiest Place on Earth. The Napa Valley winery is the first outside sponsor of an attraction at Walt Disney Co.'s new theme park, California Adventure, which will open in Anaheim beside Disneyland in 2001. Angled more toward adults than Disneyland, the park is part of an effort by Disney and Anaheim to make the city a multiple-day stop for more tourists.
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