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02/15/21

A handful of investors have made competing bids upwards of $170 million for the 85-room property, according to the Wall Street Journal. That would be around $2 million per room, a price threshold broken only twice before in the U.S. - by the Montage Hotel Beverly Hills and a Four Seasons in Hawaii.

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Sonoma County property owners are scrambling to transfer estates to their heirs ahead of a Tuesday deadline as part of an effort to avoid higher property taxes stemming from a law voters approved last November.

02/15/21

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel sued the companies under the 21st Amendment Enforcement Act and Michigan's Consumer Protection Act. Judges in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District entered consent judgments against Vintner's Collective LLC and Go to Gifts Inc.

02/15/21

Modelo says the licensing arrangement for Corona only extends to beer and not hard seltzer.

02/15/21

Visit Napa Valley is preparing to develop a direct sales and promotional campaign so it's ready "with a strong and singular message as soon as the state provides a timeline." The campaign also will include messaging for ongoing wildfire challenges.

02/15/21

Like many industries, Oregon's wineries have taken an economic hit from the COVID-19 pandemic. But one owner isn't crying sour grapes.

02/15/21

L'Ecole No. 41, a family-owned winery based in Lowden at the historic Frenchtown School, is preparing to open a wine bar in downtown Walla Walla this spring.

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plus: Mendocino County grape growers hold meeting on market overview; and, Jeff O'Neill to give virtual talk

02/15/21

While both the Virginia Vineyards Association and B.E.V. NY had announced the dates for this year's virtual conferences several weeks ago, the full schedule of sessions has now been posted on their websites. Both conferences have adjusted the order of their sessions to account for the challenges of conducting virtual presentations.

02/15/21

It was the busiest January on the Californian bulk wine market for many years and January's bulk inventory was at its lowest level since at least 2017.

02/15/21

"This is going to put some people out of business for sure," said David Bowler, owner of Bowler Wine of Manhattan, an importer and distributor. Bowler was forced to pay $28,000 in tariffs or $16,000 more than it would have paid had two shipments from Europe arrived when they were supposed to on Jan. 11. The slight delay of the 1,987 cases containing 23,844 bottles from mostly France to New York City were immediately subject to tariffs that became effective Jan. 12 - despite the fact that the wines were ordered and shipped before the tariffs were put in place.

02/15/21

Napa Valley-based C. Mondavi & Family updated its largest brand, 1.2-million-case CK Mondavi and Family, with new temperature-sensitive labels in a bid to set the popular-priced California franchise apart in the increasingly competitive marketplace.

02/15/21

Producer Gene Kirkwood, writer-director George Gallo and Broadway producer Kevin Kinsella are prepping a canned wine called 'Chasing Crush' alongside a movie of the same name that will shoot this summer.

02/15/21

The global wine industry is reeling from the effects of simultaneous crises, including US tariffs on European wine as well as Covid-19 and its ramifications in the hospitality industry and subsequent wine sales. In the face of these headwinds, US fine wine importer Vineyard Brands began 2021 with the announcement that it had added wine brands from France, Italy and Chile to its diverse portfolio.

02/15/21

The Central Coast Heritage Protection Act, a bill that would safeguard public lands and wild rivers in the Los Padres National Forest and the Carrizo Plain National Monument, and would designate a 400-mile National Recreation Trail, was reintroduced by Congressman Salud Carbajal (D-Santa Barbara) this week.

02/15/21

The owner of a winery overlooking Tomales Bay is retiring. For $6 million, his 83 acres could be yours.

02/15/21

The city of Coachella late Wednesday passed a mandate for hazard pay for some retail and food workers, including those at grocery stores, restaurants and farms. The city's mayor said the ordinance is the first in the nation to offer a pandemic pay bump to farmworkers.

02/15/21

We're all fantasizing about post-covid dining now

02/15/21

Mendocino County might be best known for its Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, but it also has some of California's most prime Syrah vineyards, producing savoury, earthy and focused wines. Matthew Luczy selects seven of the best examples from a recent tasting.

02/15/21

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is hopeful that a rapid vaccination drive will permit a gradual reopening of the economy in the coming months, paving the way for a consumer-driven rebound later in the year.

02/15/21

the most expensive bottle on this list is $15, but most of them are in the $5 to $7 range

02/15/21

The shift to earth-friendly wine growing is quickly spreading across B.C. wine country that some think could be as much as 50 per cent organic by 2030.

02/15/21

"Australian agricultural, fisheries and forestry exports faced a number of challenges, including drought, bushfires, COVID-19 and disruptions to regular trade flows for some commodities into the China market."

02/15/21

Bordeaux red blends are often a harmony of multiple grapes which together yield textured, structured wines. Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot are the lead in most blends, with Cabernet Franc, Malbec and sometimes Carmenère or Petit Verdot included. While single varieties can dominate the wines of illustrious chateaus, the larger regional appellations of Bordeaux offer wider interpretations often at an incredible value.

02/15/21

Whether you prefer an inexpensive claret by the glass or a mature bottle of the region's finest, you won't be disappointed with NYC's Bordeaux offering. City resident Vicki Denig highlights 10 destinations, from long-standing institutions to hip new wine bars, that every visitor should know about

02/15/21

Hong Kong's biggest catering chain Maxim's was fined HK$9,000 on 29 January for selling a pork floss bun with a small lizard lurking among the filling.

02/15/21

The Seattle Great Wheel has teamed up with a local restaurant to offer diners a socially distanced meal with customers served one course per rotation.

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The eateries offer the kind of big-taste foods that Fieri is known for, with items like burgers, wings and jalapeno poppers on the menu. Dishes include Fieri-favorite ingredients like "super melty cheese," "Donkey sauce" and "Chicken Guy" seasoning.

02/15/21

In New York, restaurants had been barred from indoor seating since December. When Gov. Andrew Cuomo cleared them for indoor dining at 25% capacity just before Valentine's Day, reservations for the holiday quadrupled, according to OpenTable, a restaurant reservation site. But they're still just half of what they were last year.

02/15/21

Some three dozen of his bottles are now up for sale at the Long Island City wine shop Enoteca LIC. "I was completely blown away," said Tony D'Aiuto, the shop's owner and Junior's criminal-defense attorney, recalling the moment he first saw the bottles in the wine cellar of Junior's Long Island home. "These are some of the best wines in the world." (Junior served prison time for racketeering in 1999.)

02/15/21

"It's very likely that 2020 en primeur will take place remotely, at least at the start. We're preparing to organize the campaign as best we can, using all of the modern technology at our disposal."

02/15/21

Sharing a bottle of something wonderful with those who are truly ready to enjoy it, those you feel most connected to-wine lovers, queer family or both-reaffirms that which is often missing in our tired and busy lives: Our pleasure and our closeness to each other are worthwhile and sustaining.

02/15/21

'SNL' fans are trying to get their hands on some of the signs used in the sketch.

02/15/21

in an indication that the pulling power of social media is beginning to appeal to wine makers.

02/15/21

Proposals to introduce documents to let immunised Brits lead a normal life are "under consideration."

02/15/21

How has Covid changed wine service? More than you might think.