Saintsbury Vintner Richard Ward Dies At 67

Richard Ward, co-founder of Saintsbury winery and pioneer of Napa Valley Pinot Noir, died Saturday from complications after a 13-year battle with cancer. With his business partner, David Graves, Mr.


Armless Robot Loses Fight To Drunk Man

A 41-year-old Mountain View man was facing charges after he picked a fight with a 5-foot-tall, 300-pound security robot.


Gallo Buys Iconic Stagecoach Vineyard In Napa Valley

E. & J. Gallo, one of the world's largest wine companies, announced Thursday it had agreed to purchase Stagecoach Vineyard, a famous site in Napa Valley, from the vineyard's original developer Jan


Winemaker uses condoms and tropical fruit to make wine

The sweet smell of fermenting fruit fills the streets around the modest Havana home where Orestes Estevez and his family fill glass jugs with grapes, ginger and hibiscus, then slip a condom over each glass neck to start the unusual process of winemaking in a land famed for rum.


Jackson Family Wines purchases boutique winery Copain

In a move showing the value placed on prestigious, artisanal brands in the wine market, Jackson Family Wines is buying Copain Wines, a small and well-regarded winery in Healdsburg. With the Copain bu


This could be Napa’s weirdest wine experience

Reporting for Raymond Vineyards’ Winemaker for a Day class are a Canadian couple, Jill and Martin, and I.


A Sonoma mountaintop aims for the heights with Cabernet

We’re bouncing up an old dirt fire road on Pine Mountain, somewhere northeast of the town of Cloverdale. Mark Burningham’s dog trots in front of our off-road vehicle on one of the last glorious October days of the year, and I’m trying to figure out which side of the Sonoma-Mendocino border we’re on.


Healdsburg first to ban tobacco sales to anyone younger than 21

The Wine Country city of Healdsburg, known for enticing tourists with its bounty of fresh food and drink, now has another distinction: It’s the first place in California to ban tobacco sales to anyone younger than 21.


New law allows California students to taste wine

College students under the age of 21 will be allowed to drink alcohol in class, as long as they’re enrolled in a beer brewing or winemaking program and they refrain from swallowing, under legislation signed Monday by Gov. Jerry Brown.


Napa Sauvignon Blanc: Chronicle Recommends

From a lineup of about 40 wines, a healthy crop of fresh, pretty Sauvignon Blancs emerged that do justice to what you might call a California style: flavors that fell neither to the grassy pastures of

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