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March 20, 2014 | By S. Irene Virbila
This is a great example of Willamette Valley Pinot Noir from Oregon in an outstanding vintage. The grapes come from the famous Shea Vineyard in Yamhill County. The result is a Pinot with lovely dark-toned fruit, a pretty nose of rose petals and cherries, and a smooth, silky texture. And you don't need to know a thing about wine or Pinot Noir to appreciate its beauty. It's great with sautéed calf's liver, fried quail, a roast chicken or a pot pie. Region: Willamette Valley, Oregon Price: $33 to $50 Style: Rich and full-bodied What it goes with: Calf's liver, quail, roast chicken, pot pie Where to find it: BestWinesOnline (888)
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FOOD
March 20, 2014 | By S. Irene Virbila
This is a great example of Willamette Valley Pinot Noir from Oregon in an outstanding vintage. The grapes come from the famous Shea Vineyard in Yamhill County. The result is a Pinot with lovely dark-toned fruit, a pretty nose of rose petals and cherries, and a smooth, silky texture. And you don't need to know a thing about wine or Pinot Noir to appreciate its beauty. It's great with sautéed calf's liver, fried quail, a roast chicken or a pot pie. Region: Willamette Valley, Oregon Price: $33 to $50 Style: Rich and full-bodied What it goes with: Calf's liver, quail, roast chicken, pot pie Where to find it: BestWinesOnline (888)
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NEWS
January 21, 2013 | By S. Irene Virbila
My mother was cleaning out some drawers and found a family letter written from “somewhere in France ” in 1918. Addressed “Dear Folks,” Russell C. Jones, a farm boy from Nebraska, writes home. The war is over, he guesses, as the Armistice has just been signed. “I hope I get home in time to help with the spring work,” he writes, “but a fellow can't tell when he will get back.” True today, too, sadly. I'm struck by his lovely, careful handwriting. It's brown ink, or has it faded?
FOOD
February 28, 2014 | By S. Irene Virbila
For the last few years, Stolpman Vineyards in the new Ballard Canyon American Viticultural Area in Santa Barbara County has produced a wine called La Cuadrilla for "the crew. " Its crew works full time under the direction of winemaker Sashi Moorman and vineyard manager Ruben Solorzano. Each year, the crew works an experimental cuadra or block, which rotates throughout the ranch. The grapes from that cuadra are used to make La Cuadrilla, so the blend is slightly different each year.
NEWS
February 12, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
For river cruise fans (and wine fans and flamenco fans), the 108-passenger AmaVida offers a tour of villages and vineyards along Portugal's Douro River that highlights wine tasting, dancing and other cultural activities. The 11-day trip from Kensington Tours starts with two days in Lisbon to explore the capital and then moves on by train to Porto, where the cruise begins. The cruise itinerary includes Barca D'Alva for a show of traditional flamenco dancing, wine tasting in Pinhao, a visit to a 16th-century castle in Alijo and the palace and gardens of Mateus in Regua.
BUSINESS
November 9, 2001 | Associated Press
Rabbit Ridge Vineyards of Healdsburg, Calif., has agreed to pay $810,000 to resolve federal charges that it misled consumers with its wine bottle labels. The settlement with the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms was the largest ever for a California winery, ATF spokeswoman Marti McKee said. . It came after a six-month investigation in which ATF agents found "significant violations" at the winery from 1994 to 2000, McKee said.
BUSINESS
May 7, 2008 | From the Associated Press
April was a cruel month for California winemakers, bringing a series of unusually late frosts to vineyards sprouting the tender green shoots of spring. The damage still is being assessed -- it could be June before growers know the full extent -- but most expect smaller-than-average harvests this year. "It was cold in lots of places," said Karen Ross, president of the California Assn. of Winegrape Growers. "There's lots of misery to be shared." The cold snap's immediate effects can be seen in some vineyards, where leaves that normally would be fluttering pale green in spring breezes are curled up brittle as December leaves.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 30, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Two vineyard workers in Santa Barbara County apparently drowned in an irrigation pond, officials said Thursday. The men, employees of Clos Pepe Vineyards outside Lompoc, were identified as Ramon Cisneros Acosta, 42, and Rogelio Ruiz Reyez, 29. Investigators said one of the men evidently had tried to rescue the other when he ran into trouble repairing the pond's filtration system. The bodies were found by divers after the men were reported missing Wednesday night.
NEWS
May 9, 2008
Malibu vineyards: An article in Tuesday's Food section about Malibu vineyards said Jim Palmer's vineyard is in Trancas Canyon. It is in Decker Canyon.
TRAVEL
November 3, 1991
"Tours and Cruises," Oct. 6, was accompanied by a photo of a chateau and vineyards captioned, "Bordeaux vineyards and chateaux will be the focus of a trip to France." But the photo is of the Chateau du Clos-de-Vougeot and vineyards in the Cote d'Or of Burgundy. THOMAS BURKE Los Angeles Editor's note: The French Government Tourist Office provided incorrect caption information for the photograph. The letter writer is correct.
NEWS
February 12, 2014 | By S. Irene Virbila
Unless you know your Valentine really, really well, this may be the year to give up buying that little blouse it turns out she hates or the shirt with the floppy collar that makes him crazy. But wine? Everybody loves to receive a special bottle, either a favorite or one that brings back a memory of a trip you took together or a special meal you shared. This year, why not get a little more adventurous and present a wine - or spirit - that pushes beyond the tried and true? Here are some notable choices for that certain someone on St. Valentine's Day. Note: to find which nearby shops have the wines, plug the name into www.winesearcher.com . For that someone who goes giddy at the sound of Champagne corks popping NV Champagne Billecart-Salmon Brut Rosé  (Champagne)
NEWS
January 24, 2014 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
At HammerSky Vineyards and Inn in Central California, you can come to taste the wine -- and linger longer, if you like. The Paso Robles vineyard is offering visitors a chance to bunk down in its restored farmhouse that's more than a century old. The price tag: $225 per person per night for a stay at the 50-acre site plus wine and a spa treatment. The deal: HammerSky was started in 2007, but the farmhouse dates back to pioneer times, the vineyard's website says. Owners Douglas and Kim Hauck have updated the house with Wi-Fi, an outdoor living space and renovated bedrooms that accommodate up to six guests.
FOOD
December 28, 2013 | By S. Irene Virbila
Since the 19th century, French Champagne producers have skillfully cultivated an image of full-tilt glamour and luxury, spending millions promoting their brands. That would include sponsoring athletic competitions, society events and the $400,000 in Champagne that Perriet-Jouët supplied gratis for reality star Kim Kardashian's (first) wedding. Champagne's Grandes Marques - Krug, Dom Pérignon, Bollinger, Pol Roger, Taittinger and about 20 more - each have their passionate adherents.
FOOD
December 7, 2013 | By S. Irene Virbila
The renowned Sashi Moorman makes the wines for Stolpman Vineyards in Santa Barbara County's new Ballard Canyon appellation. Though Stolpman's Syrahs tend to get most of the attention, I'm more impressed with the Roussanne called L'Avion. The vineyard, farmed organically, the vineyard is actually planted on what was once the landing strip for planes in the '30s and '40s. Fermented in big French oak casks and aged on its lees for over a year, the 2010 L'Avion is rich and complex with scents of honey and jasmine.
NEWS
November 8, 2013 | By Adam Tschorn
Vineyard Vines has jumped onto the mustachioed bandwagon in a big way for Movember, announcing Friday that it will donate 100% of proceeds from sales of its two mustache-print neckties this month to the charity that combats prostate and testicular cancer. The 100% silk, made-in-America neckties come in either a red or blue with light blue all-over print handlebar mustaches. The $75 neckties are currently available online at www.vineyardvines.com . In an awesome showing of workplace support, the proceeds from sales of the ties over the course of November are going to the Movember Foundation by way of donations to Vineyard Vine's team of 'stache-growing employees.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 12, 2013 | By Susan King
Gilles Legrand's harrowing psychological drama "You Will Be My Son," which opened Wednesday, is a study in contrasts. Set in a lush French vineyard estate in Saint-Émilion near Bordeaux, the film captures the beauty and bouquet of the legendary wine region. But behind the walls of the estate lurks a dark ugliness: Paul de Marseul (Niels Arestrup), the passionate, brilliant winemaker with the heart of a monster who treats his mild-mannered grown son Martin (Lorànt Deutsch) like a dog. Though his son has tried all his life to please his widower father, Paul doesn't think Martin has what it takes to take over the family business.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 30, 1995 | TIM TESCONI, SANTA ROSA PRESS DEMOCRAT
In his previous life, Don Watson crunched numbers on the 40th floor of a San Francisco high rise, another suit sipping cappuccino in the city's financial district. These days, dressed in Levi's and work boots, Watson trails sheep through the vineyards of Napa and Sonoma counties. He raises fancy lambs to accompany the area's pinot noir. "It's the freedom," said Watson, 37, as he looked over the green hills of the Carneros, a windblown, grape-growing region on the southern edges of Sonoma and Napa counties.
MAGAZINE
April 30, 1989 | ROBERT LAWRENCE BALZER
MARK JUNE 15 on your wine calendar, because that's when the 1987 Ferrari-Carano Alexander Valley Chardonnay will be released. The two previous editions sold out quickly, and it's likely this one will do the same. In the fall of 1987, the release of the 1985 Alexander Valley Chardonnay launched the Ferrari-Carano vineyards and winery with the brilliance of a rocket in the night sky. Rarely has a new winery produced such a sensational debut wine. The wine combined the subtle differences from multiple lots of separately vinified wines made from the harvest of more than five vineyards.
OPINION
September 1, 2013 | By Evan Kleiman
In recent decades, the Central Coast of California has become one of the state's most important wine-producing regions. But at what cost? Until recently, most ranchers and farmers in this part of California embraced dry farming practices, raising crops irrigated solely by rain. The crops that were dry farmed, including barley and hay, were then used by the area's cattle ranches. Water, drawn from an aquifer, was understood by everyone to be a precious shared resource. Historically, there has been no water district to manage allotments.
BUSINESS
August 28, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
Rupert Murdoch has closed on the Moraga Vineyards Estate in Bel-Air five months after entering escrow. The News Corp. chairman paid $28.8 million for the 13-acre winery and mansion. The property, which was listed earlier this year at $29.5 million, has an on-site wine cave, a 7,500-square-foot main residence, a guesthouse and a swimming pool, among other amenities. Murdoch, 82, is also chief executive of 21 st Century Fox. The media mogul billionaire has been discussed as a potential buyer for the Tribune Co. newspapers, which include the Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune.
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