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March 7, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Rodney Strong, a dancer turned winemaker who was a renowned champion of Northern California's Sonoma County wine-growing region, died Sunday in Healdsburg, Calif. He was 78. Strong died of complications from a stroke, said Michele Prinz, spokeswoman for Rodney Strong Vineyards. Elegant and well-spoken, Strong was known for promoting high-quality winemaking practices in Sonoma County and for traveling the country to promote the region's wines.
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March 7, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Rodney Strong, a dancer turned winemaker who was a renowned champion of Northern California's Sonoma County wine-growing region, died Sunday in Healdsburg, Calif. He was 78. Strong died of complications from a stroke, said Michele Prinz, spokeswoman for Rodney Strong Vineyards. Elegant and well-spoken, Strong was known for promoting high-quality winemaking practices in Sonoma County and for traveling the country to promote the region's wines.
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September 14, 1989 | DAN BERGER, Times Wine Writer
Rodney Strong settled back in his chair, looked at the ceiling in his office and sighed when the inevitable question was asked about the reincarnation of the winery that bears his name. "There are a lot of emotional swings in the business of wine," he said, somewhat abstractly. "It's all like a game. If you are mature at all, you realize what the score is and go forward. If you are immature, you allow your personality to take over and that ruins you."
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October 14, 2003 | Jerry Hirsch, Times Staff Writer
Tech financier Bill Hambrecht has had better luck with apples than with grapes. The investment banker who helped bring such household names as Apple Computer Inc. and Adobe Systems Inc. to market has sold off one of his prized Sonoma vineyards. Healdsburg, Calif.-based Rodney Strong Vineyards said Monday that it had acquired the 516-acre Rockaway Vineyard site that Hambrecht put on the block this year as part of a financial restructuring of his wine interests.
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October 14, 2003 | Jerry Hirsch, Times Staff Writer
Tech financier Bill Hambrecht has had better luck with apples than with grapes. The investment banker who helped bring such household names as Apple Computer Inc. and Adobe Systems Inc. to market has sold off one of his prized Sonoma vineyards. Healdsburg, Calif.-based Rodney Strong Vineyards said Monday that it had acquired the 516-acre Rockaway Vineyard site that Hambrecht put on the block this year as part of a financial restructuring of his wine interests.
BUSINESS
November 11, 1988 | DAN BERGER, Times Wine Writer
Guinness America, the U.S. holding company of beverage giant Guinness PLC, announced Thursday that it has sold Rodney Strong Vineyards in Sonoma County to Klein Foods, a family-owned packaged foods company based in Stockton. No sale price was disclosed, but an industry source estimated that the winery, 1,200 acres of land and a sophisticated wine telemarketing program all sold for more than $30 million. Escrow is expected to close in January.
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July 23, 1998 | LEO SMITH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In less than two months on the job, Michael Meagher, the new winemaker at Ventura's Leeward Winery, has helped create a couple of wines that have never been produced in Leeward's 19-year history. Both limited-edition wines--a Santa Barbara Syrah and the Founders Selection Chardonnay--will be available for sipping, straight from the barrel, Aug. 1-2 during the winery's seventh annual "Taste of Ventura."
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June 18, 1989 | COLMAN ANDREWS
Chef Stephen White confounded skeptics when he opened Magdalena's, a sophisticated and ultimately successful French restaurant, a few years back in Bellflower--hardly known as a hotbed of Gallic gastronomy. Now, he plans a second place in Long Beach, on the site of the now-defunct Justina's. "It won't be another Magdalena's," he says. "Instead I want to upgrade Magdalena's and make the new place a country French bistro sort of thing. It's in a very nice historical building with 25-foot ceilings.
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April 2, 1992 | DAN BERGER, TIMES WINE WRITER
What is the Bordeaux vintage of the century? Many are talking about the current release of 1989s. But as one savvy French trade official said last year: "We are pleased with the early remarks that have been made about the quality of the '89s, but we French are conservative and prefer not to have more than two 'vintages of the century' each decade." Other vintage-of-century contenders from the '80s include the '85s, '86s, '88s and of course the vaunted '82s.
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September 14, 1989 | DAN BERGER, Times Wine Writer
Rodney Strong settled back in his chair, looked at the ceiling in his office and sighed when the inevitable question was asked about the reincarnation of the winery that bears his name. "There are a lot of emotional swings in the business of wine," he said, somewhat abstractly. "It's all like a game. If you are mature at all, you realize what the score is and go forward. If you are immature, you allow your personality to take over and that ruins you."
BUSINESS
November 11, 1988 | DAN BERGER, Times Wine Writer
Guinness America, the U.S. holding company of beverage giant Guinness PLC, announced Thursday that it has sold Rodney Strong Vineyards in Sonoma County to Klein Foods, a family-owned packaged foods company based in Stockton. No sale price was disclosed, but an industry source estimated that the winery, 1,200 acres of land and a sophisticated wine telemarketing program all sold for more than $30 million. Escrow is expected to close in January.
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February 13, 2002 | ROD SMITH, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Twilight descends on the sailboat anchored in a forested Alaskan cove. I can still make out a bald eagle perched in a cedar, its head like a white tennis ball in the gloom. I hear a cork pop softly below, and soon a glass of wine is handed up the companionway. Ah, Sauvignon Blanc. After a hard day of beating into salt-spitting wind, the fruit is amazing--pure and ripe with its piercing scents and flavors of melon, fig, spring grass and wildflowers.
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April 6, 1989 | DAN BERGER, Times Wine Writer
The Napa Valley-based Robert Mondavi Winery has leased a building at Harbor Gateway Business Center in Costa Mesa and plans by summer to open a facility aimed at educational events involving wine and food. The building, to be called Robert Mondavi Wine and Cultural Center, is believed to be the first of its kind by a California winery that is not on or adjacent to its winery property.
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