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TRAVEL
May 9, 2010 | By Terry Gardner
Why drive when you can tour wineries in a limo? And get lunch and a hotel room in Southern California too. The deal: The Chauffeured Wine Country Getaway Package costs $299 weeknights (Sundays-Thursdays) and $379 weekends. The price includes a guest room with two queen beds or one king with a fairway view; winery tour in a chauffeured limousine (shared with others), with tastings at three wineries; made-to-order picnic lunch; and bottle of wine on arrival. Good through Dec. 30, subject to availability.
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FOOD
May 21, 1987
Samplings from 40 wineries will be offered at the first Downtown Wine & Food Festival May 31 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on the garden level of the Union Bank Building, 445 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles. All proceeds will go to the Los Angeles Central Library--"Save The Books" fund. Participating wineries include Jordan, Acacia, Clos du Val, William Hill, Beaulieu Vineyard, Cain Cellars and Firestone.
NEWS
September 16, 1986
New talks that will include a federal mediator were scheduled for Friday as the harvest-time strike against some of California's largest wineries entered its fifth week. "We are guardedly optimistic," attorney Robert Lieber, negotiator for the 12-member Winery Employers Assn., said while announcing the development in San Francisco. The wineries are locked in a contract stalemate with the Winery, Distillery and Allied Workers Union locals 45 and 186.
FOOD
January 20, 2010 | By W. Blake Gray
Saint-Émilion in France's Bordeaux region might have the world's best wine classification system. It certainly has one of the most contentious, having prompted lawsuits, split families and caused polite French vintners to use English expletives about each other -- all because of efforts to keep rankings up to date. Three years of court battles and government intervention over the last classification were covered blow by blow in the French and British press. But Americans don't seem to care, and even some Bordeaux experts don't have a clue how Saint-Émilion's system works.
TRAVEL
February 13, 2011
Château Brinon is a wonderful B&B in a grand hunting lodge on 500 wooded acres in France's Loire Valley. Michael and Irene Schnaer are the owners and hosts. Michael is American; Irene is French and a fabulous cook. They offer three beautifully decorated rooms; home-cooked breakfasts and dinners; and tours of local landmarks, wineries and châteaux. Château Brinon, 10 Route d'Isdes, Brinon sur Sauldre; 011-2-48-58-54-45, http://www.chateaubrinon.com . Rooms from about $120.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 25, 2010 | By Mark Olsen
The documentary "Blood Into Wine," directed by Ryan Page and Christopher Pomerenke, follows Maynard James Keenan and Eric Glomski as they attempt to start a stable of wineries in northern Arizona. Winemaking, you say? In Arizona? That is exactly the response the film is designed to address, as it includes background on the history of the region and winemaking (as well as some handsome nature photography) while making the pitch for the area to possibly be the next Napa. Keenan's other job is as a rock star, a creative force behind the art-metal of Tool and A Perfect Circle as well as the parody cabaret of Puscifer.
BUSINESS
November 9, 2012 | By Andrea Chang, Los Angeles Times
Amazon.com Inc. is uncorking a new venture. The online retail giant launched a wine marketplace on its website Thursday, with more than 1,000 domestic brands available. For now, wines will be shipped only to a dozen states, including California, and to Washington, D.C. Bottle prices range from less than $10 to more than $100; shipping costs $9.99 for up to six bottles of the same wine. It's an unusual addition for the Seattle company, better known for selling books, household items and Kindles.
NEWS
March 28, 2013 | By S. Irene Virbila
In Santa Barbara, the soon-to-open Caveau Wine Bar & Merchant is hosting a tasting of local wines from the 2012 vintage with more than 50 wineries taking part, including the Ojai Vineyard , Brewer-Clifton , Sandhi and Au Bon Climat . The beauty is that it's a futures tasting and wines will be offered at 20% off retail if purchased before they are released, i.e., in the future. This is the same event Doug Margerum (now making wine under the Margerum Wine Company label)
BUSINESS
May 2, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
A glass of Chardonnay while eating out is an increasingly expensive treat as wine inventories start to shrivel, according to a new report. The price of vino by the glass has crept up steadily over the last six months, according to Restaurant Sciences, an independent firm that tracks food and beverage product sales. The most pronounced surge -- an 8.4% jump -- came in the family dining sector, in which the average meal costs $38.50 or less. Wine prices also boomed at the opposite end of the scale, swelling 5.4% at white-tablecloth establishments, where the average overall check is as much as $1,000.
NEWS
August 12, 2013 | By S. Irene Virbila
Santa Rita Hills Wine and Fire Weekend Celebration Coming up soon - this Friday through Sunday - Wine and Fire Weekend Celebration in the Santa Rita Hills appellation of Santa Barbara County. Go up for a day or the weekend. It kicks off Friday with a barn party at Sanford and Benedict with fire-grilled flatbreads and live music - and dancing ($48 per person). Drop in Saturday morning for a seminar with Josh Raynolds of Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar newsletter featuring a dozen Santa Rita Hills producers and lunch grilled by the Hitching Post 2 restaurant.
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