The most suspenseful lot was the Fund-the-Future offering, where a group of bidders pooled their efforts to raise $691,250 to raise local literacy rates. The total dwarfs last year's special needs lot at $264,000.
Mending a split that lasted 20 years, vintners throughout Sonoma County recombined forces Sept. 1 and raised a record $1.4 million at the Sonoma Harvest Wine Auction. That is nearly twice last year's haul, and by the end of the three-day Sonoma Wine Country Weekend, vintners raised a record $2.5 million for local charities
The law was passed in 2004 but did not take effect until July 2012. It forbids production and sale of the gourmet product made from duck livers that are enlarged by forcibly feeding the birds through tubes
George Osumi, 65, was convicted of stealing the vino from people who kept their bottles at his wine storage center in Irvine, Calif. He also pleaded guilty to under-reporting millions in payroll to his workers' compensation insurance carrier
Peter Scutts, the former chief executive of New Zealand Wine Co, appeared in the Auckland District Court today, facing charges laid by the Serious Fraud Office over $64,000 in alleged kick-back payments.