Sunday afternoon at Charles Krug Winery in St. Helena, the Napa Valley set its first world record when a group of 487 people received Guinness certification for the largest single rolling wine toast, breaking the Chinese record of 321 set in 2011.
Although Stapleton's term was due to end in November, his departure comes as state ethics investigators examine allegations that he and two other top-ranking LCB officials accepted gifts and favors from agency vendors
He replaces Patrick Stapleton, who left the board last Thursday after serving for 15 years. Mr. Stapleton is the subject of a state ethics investigation looking into whether he accepted inappropriate gifts while serving on the board
George Osumi, 64, of Newport Beach is charged with three felony counts of second-degree commercial burglary, one felony count each of grand theft, embezzlement by employee, and receiving stolen property, and one misdemeanor count for possession of burglary tools, with sentencing enhancements for aggravated white-collar crime over $500,000, property damage over $1.3 million, and crime-bail crime
Gavin Chanin, assistant winemaker at Santa Barbara wineries Au Bon Climat and Qupé for eight years, has left to launch a winery with Bill Price, whose Classic Wines portfolio includes Durell Vineyard and a share of Kistler.
Because domestic wine remains dominated by a few Goliath varieties, we sometimes struggle with what you might call the more esoteric roster of homegrown whites. But I'd argue that the Great White Other is more important - and impressive - than ever
Legend Holdings, personal-computer giant Lenovo's parent company, bought 39 percent of WuLing Wine's stock and became the largest shareholder in June 2011. The latest share acquisition makes Legend Holdings full owner of Hunan WuLing Wine Co.