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  Daily News for Monday, December 16th
Court Blocks Sonoma Vineyard Planting
Judge rules that winery needs to review environmental impact; Artesa argues land is zoned for farming
Sebastopol winemaker Paul Hobbs fires back against vineyard lawsuit
Sebastopol winemaker Paul Hobbs has taken aim at a lawsuit that seeks to block his company's 48-acre vineyard conversion project in west Sonoma County, a company spokesman said.
Napa Growers Hear Some Good News Regarding Vineyard Regulations
Napa Valley Grapegrowers hear about current and planned government rules.
Chinese investor eyes Carneros agritourism center
Wants to turn 502 acres of the Roche family ranch and vineyards on the Sonoma County side of Los Carneros winegrowing region into a first stop for wine country visitors.
Lawsuit alleges botched custom crush of grapes
Patrick Vinatieri alleged in his complaint that his wine had been "spoiled" and "contaminated" by Spelletich Family Wine Co., a custom-crush facility at Napa Valley Commons, formerly Napa Valley Corporate Park.
Gruet settles suit over failed winery bid for $2.5 million
A little more than half the $3.9 million Gruet was ordered to pay after his $6.5 million bid for the Woodrow Road winery fell through.
Bankruptcy Court Hearing Examines Mystery at Wine Storage Business
Derek L. Limbocker, a onetime financial adviser, publisher of rare art prints and society figure in Newport, R.I., and New York, has been stiff-arming his clients for the past 13 months.
Bankruptcy Judge Approves Sale of 'Sideways' Sibling Winery
EnCap Investment LP's Robert Zorich has the bankruptcy court's approval to complete his $1.7 million purchase of a large chunk of Alma Rosa Winery's vineyards.
Farm bill talks in final stretch
"There's no question in my mind that we'll be able to come together and have a farm bill that we can take action on in January."
A Wine Importer Who Turned Bottles Into Stars
Martine Saunier pioneered an import business that's brought Americans some of the greatest wines of Burgundy and the Rhône.
America's Cup proves to be big lift for Napa tourism
Officials say overall hospitality revenue showed strong gains in 2013.
A Koch Brother, on a Crusade Against Counterfeit Rare Wines, Takes the Stand
When you're worth just shy of $4 billion, being cheated out of a couple of million dollars in a suspected wine fraud might seem inconsequential.
William Koch testifies that alleged wine counterfeiter conned him out of $2.1M
The businessman says Rudy Kurniawan 'cheated' him with 219 bottles of fake Burgundy. which he concocted at his California home.
Wine Auction Trends of the Year
A round-up of the key trends in the fine wine auction scene in 2013.
Sherry-Lehmann weighs-up NY auction return
One of New York's top fine wine retailers, Sherry-Lehmann, has told that is set to discuss a return to the auction scene after taking on a new investor.
A Cellar for Any Situation, Any Price, by Eric Asimov
You don't need me to remind you the holidays are here
Celebration of note for composer Getty's 80th
Gordon Getty never had a 75th birthday party, but he more than made up for the absence of a celebration five years ago with an 80th bash Saturday night.
W. Blake Gray talks to Mike Steinberger about his new book, "The Wine Savant."
This is the first wine book for Steinberger, 46, who was wine columnist at Slate for 10 years. He previously wrote a book about the decline of French food culture
British Wine Benefits as the Climate Changes
New York Times - A successful French winemaker's leap to Britain may sound contrarian - traitorous even. But it may be no more striking than the fact that English sparkling wines have recently been beating Champagnes
Liquor producers experiment with exclusive booze
There's something different about the gin and tonics they mix at Rickhouse bar on San Francisco's Kearny Street. And it tastes a lot like ... exclusivity
Tickets go on sale for Wine Symposium of the Finger Lakes
If you're looking for a holiday gift for a wine lover, consider tickets for the second Wine Symposium of the Finger Lakes, which have just gone on sale
Westport Winery supports its community one bottle at a time
The small, young winery makes 33 different wines. Each is attached to a charity, with part of the sales going to that particular cause
With holidays near, Rioja's fame has a dual edge, by Jon Bonné
Other regions like Ribeira Sacra and Montsant have taken the spotlight, yet Rioja forges on ...
Exploring the El Dorado County wine region
It's almost a cliché in articles about less-developed wine regions to say, "It's like Napa before it became famous."
Rebecca George named winemaker at Kelly Fleming Wines
After 2 1/2 years as assistant winemaker at Kelly Fleming Wines in Calistoga, Rebecca George has been promoted to winemaker
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