October 21, 1992 |
A Madera winemaker and his son have been sentenced to federal prison terms for using inexpensive grapes instead of the more costly varieties they promised to wineries. Angelo Papagni and his son, Demetrio Papagni, had pleaded guilty to misrepresenting the variety in nearly 500,000 gallons of wine they sold to well-known wineries such as Sutter Home, Glen Ellen and David Bynum. U.S. District Judge Oliver Wanger sentenced Angelo Papagni to 18 months in prison.
May 2, 2013 |
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.
August 12, 2013 |
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.
February 21, 1985
Harrah's Marina Hotel Casino will host the second annual "Wines of America" festival featuring more than 35 premier California, Washington and Oregon wineries March 22-24. Wine enthusiasts will attend wine tastings, seminars, panel discussions led by top wine makers in the United States and gourmet meals highlighted by Champagnes and wines.
February 2, 2013 |
Come spring, Napa Valley is overrun with visitors and if you're planning a visit in the coming months, time to start planning now. If you're an app addict, you might be tempted by the iPhone and iPad app Wine Spectator's Guide to Napa Valley 2012 edition . Readers, I bought it and downloaded it, and there's just not very much there for $6.99. It's basically an address book with no particular critical voice to direct you toward this or another restaurant, this or another winery visit.
January 20, 2010 |
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.
May 9, 2010 |
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.
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.
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.
March 28, 2013 |
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)