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

 

California wine caught in foie gras row


Foes of California’s ban on foie gras have a new ally abroad: a politician in southern France who is urging a boycott of California wines in response.

 
 
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