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  • Foodies, Restaurant Writers Make 'Unexpected' Landing in Napa Hot Air Balloon

    05/17/2016 4:06:08 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 5/17 | Lisa Fernandez and Edgar Romero
    The morning was supposed to be serene and idyllic with a group of restaurant writers, bloggers and foodies soaring high over Napa’s gorgeous wine country. Instead, Joanne Sasvari, a 40-something freelance writer for the Vancouver Sun, and her group were forced to make what she called an “unexpected” landing, before being rescued by the California Highway Patrol. That's because the winds picked up early Tuesday about 8 a.m., making it difficult for the pilot to land normally. Still, the entire ordeal took all of about 45 minutes, she said, and no one was injured after the balloon got stranded in...
  • Black women kicked off Napa Wine Train to sue for discrimination ($11 million)

    group of predominantly African American women kicked off the Napa Wine Train in late August -- allegedly for being too loud -- filed an $11-million racial discrimination lawsuit Thursday. They said their reputations were tarnished and that some of them even lost their jobs after the incident.
  • Wine train apologizes to black women’s book club after allegations of racism

    08/26/2015 6:17:11 PM PDT · by matt04 · 21 replies
    Members of the book group, sporting matching gray T-shirts and broad grins, boarded the Napa Valley Wine Train in high spirits Saturday. “The train is leaving the station! Choo choo!” member Lisa Johnson posted on her Facebook page, captioning a picture of five glasses of burgundy liquid clinking together. But not long into the trip train staff began asking them to quiet down. Before the journey was half over, they were escorted off the train, where police officers were waiting for them, according to the Associated Press. “We didn’t do anything wrong and we still feel this is about race....
  • Napa Valley art gallery owner pleads guilty to selling animal parts

    08/12/2015 5:23:06 PM PDT · by rey · 10 replies
    Press Democrat ^ | 12 Aug 2015 | ROBERT DIGITALE
    A Yountville art gallery owner has pleaded guilty to wildlife trafficking and conspiracy, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in San Francisco announced Wednesday. Michael Polenske, owner of Ma(i)sonry Napa Valley, admitted to illegally buying and selling sea turtle shells, whale bones, orca jaws and a seal head. Trafficking such items violated such federal laws as the Endangered Species Act and the Marine Mammal Protection Act. Polenske, 53, of Napa, also admitted to conspiring from 2007 through 2011 to dealing in wildlife species that were protected by federal law. He imported the protected items into the U.S. from European vendors with the...
  • Magnitude 4.1 Earthquake Strikes North Of Napa May 21, 2015 8:32 PM

    05/21/2015 8:38:54 PM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 34 replies ^ | May 21,2015 | no attribution
    NAPA (CBS SF) — A magnitude 4.1 earthquake struck Napa County Thursday evening, the largest quake to hit the Wine Country since a magnitude 6.0 struck the area. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the quake struck at 7:53 p.m. about 9 miles north of Napa and 6 miles east northeast of Yountville, at a depth of 9.3 miles. Calls flooded into the KPIX 5 newsroom from all around the Bay Area to report feeling the earthquake, including calls from El Sobrante, Pinole, Colma, and Fairfield. The quake was mostly felt in the North Bay and Napa County, but people...
  • I Woke Up Shaking All Over! (6.1 Earthquake @ 3AM)

    08/24/2014 12:49:15 PM PDT · by lee martell · 42 replies
    August 24 2014 | lee martell
    I had been up late writing quarterly reports as part of my job. I was listening to Schubert's Trout Quintet for strings and piano, on replay. If I must write reports, I like doing so at night, where the quiet forces me to focus. I had finally gone to bed, fading off into Dreamland, when felt unplanned motion. The bed rumbled, rocked. The walls were trembling . Instantly, I knew this was an earthquake, and the first thought was #1, How long would it last? #2. Where are my shoes, pants, car keys and wallets? I have Parakeets and Zebra...
  • M 6.1 Earthquake, 6km NW of American Canyon, California [CA Freepers please check in]

    08/24/2014 3:39:32 AM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 193 replies
    USGS ^ | August 24. 2014 | No Attribution
    An earthquake with magnitude 6.1 occurred near American Canyon, CA at 10:20:44.00 UTC on Aug 24, 2014. (This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.)
  • Earthquake SF bay area. 6.0 American Canyon Area

    08/24/2014 3:23:08 AM PDT · by ggrrrrr23456 · 24 replies ^ | 2014-08-24 | me
    Moderate shaker felt in East Bay 3 min ago.
  • Earthquake!

    08/24/2014 3:22:53 AM PDT · by Axenolith · 18 replies
    me ^ | 3-23-2014 | Axenolith
    Pretty damn strong shake here in Lafayette, strong enough to wake me from sleep.
  • Strong California quake causes injuries, damage

    08/24/2014 9:48:41 AM PDT · by editor-surveyor · 46 replies
    AP, Town Hall ^ | August 24, 2014 | unknown
    NAPA, Calif. (AP) — The largest earthquake to hit the San Francisco Bay Area in 25 years sent scores of people to hospitals, ignited fires, damaged multiple historic buildings and knocked out power to tens of thousands on Sunday. The 6.0-magnitude earthquake that struck just before 3:30 a.m. miles from Napa in California wine country was felt widely, breaking water mains, causing more than 100 gas leaks, leaving two adults and a child critically injured, damaging some of Napa Valley's famed wineries, and sending residents running out of their homes in the darkness. Dazed residents too fearful of aftershocks to...
  • NAPA Dropping Waltrip After Richmond Scandal

    09/19/2013 4:25:45 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 15 replies
    AP via ABC News ^ | September 19, 2013 | Jenna Fryer
    NAPA Auto Parts said Thursday it will end its multimillion-dollar sponsorship of Michael Waltrip Racing at the end of the year, the latest fallout from the team's attempt to manipulate a race to get Martin Truex Jr. into NASCAR's version of the playoffs. Napa is Truex's primary sponsor and in the first year of a three-year extension announced last August. The deal ran through the 2015 season and is believed to be worth at least $15 million a year. "NAPA believes in fair play and does not condone actions such as those that led to the penalties assessed by NASCAR,"...
  • Napa man arrested in connection with burglaries at Nancy Pelosi's home (/mansion on Zinfandel Lane)

    11/07/2012 5:29:42 PM PST · by Libloather · 18 replies
    Mercury News ^ | 11/07/12
    Napa man arrested in connection with burglaries at Nancy Pelosi's homeBay City News Service Updated: 11/07/2012 05:04:53 PM PST A Napa man was arrested Wednesday morning on suspicion of burglarizing six residences, including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's St. Helena house twice, a Napa County sheriff's captain said. The five burglaries in Napa County and one in Solano County occurred in the past week, Capt. Tracy Stuart said. The suspect, Kevin Michael Hagan, 21, admitted the six burglaries since Halloween, including those at Pelosi's residence on Zinfandel Lane outside St. Helena on Nov. 5 and 6, Stuart said. Deputies...
  • Green vs. Tea, Round 1: Party Battle Napa

    08/31/2011 10:36:48 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies · 2+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | August 30, 2011 | Zombie
    The Green Party faced off against the Tea Party on Saturday in Napa, California.Democrats? Republicans? Snort. What do you think this is, the 20th century? Neither of the dinosaur parties were much in evidence as the nation’s two new emergent parties did battle for the heart of America.Green or Tea, which shall it be?The catalyst that triggered this political firefight was the arrival in Napa of the Tea Party Express buses; Saturday, August 27 was the day the media-savvy group kicked off its coast-to-coast Reclaiming America Tour, culminating on September 12 in Tampa, Florida, at the CNN/Tea Party Express...
  • Photos: Tea Party Express Bus Tour Launch, Napa, CA, Sat Aug 27

    08/28/2011 12:30:09 PM PDT · by whinecountry · 18 replies
    self | August 28, 2011 | whinecountry
    Photos from the Tea Party Express Bus Tour Launch, Napa, CA, Saturday August 27.
  • Hooray! Napa Tour Kickoff Was GREAT!

    08/28/2011 1:04:18 AM PDT · by Syncro · 16 replies
    Tea Party Express ^ | Aug 27,2011 | Amy Kremer
    Hooray! Napa Tour Kickoff Was GREAT! We've just finished our massive kickoff rally, and we have to say a big THANK YOU to Napa, California for an hosting the Tea Party Express "Super Rally!" We were thrilled to see  a wonderful crowd of thousands join us to send the message it's time to Reclaim America!After that great sendoff just up the road from Nancy Pelosi's district, we're heading straight into Harry Reid's home state of Nevada for big rallies in Reno and Elko!  You see, we refuse to be intimidated by the attacks and insults from those on the far left...
  • Last Chance - Napa Dinner & Super Rally! (Aug 26, 2011)

    08/26/2011 1:01:22 PM PDT · by Syncro · 30 replies
    Tea Party Express ^ | August 26, 2011 | Sal Russo
    Dear Friends,This is an urgent reminder - this is your last chance to sign up for a very special benefit dinner for the Napa Tea Party happening tonight!  We hope you'll join us this evening in Napa for a special night filled with amazing food and wine, entertainment, with like-minded patriots. This event will help the Napa Tea Party fund their ongoing battle against the left... and in California, they need all the help they can get! The dinner is Friday (tonight), from 6pm-11pm, at the Plaza tented lawn area at the Napa Valley Expo. Champagne and hors-de'oeuvres will...
  • TEA PARTY EXPRESS: Napa "Super Rally" Tour Launch! (Video Ads Nat'l & Napa!)

    08/23/2011 4:02:14 PM PDT · by Syncro · 19 replies
    You Tube ^ | Aug 23, 2011 | Tea Party Express
    <p>Check out the new ad for the Tea Party Express V Nationwide Tour which ends up in Tampa, FL, for a Presidential debate!</p>

    08/22/2011 2:00:50 PM PDT · by Syncro · 160 replies
    Tea Party Express ^ | August 22, 2011 | Levi Russell
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 22, 2011CONTACT: Levi Russell at, or (509) 979-6615TEA PARTY EXPRESS NATIONAL TOUR LAUNCHES FROM NAPA, CA ON SATURDAY!"Reclaiming America" bus tour will hold tea party rallies in 29 cities, span 17 daysThe Tea Party Express is making final preparations to launch their fifth national tour that will bring conservative rallies to 29 cities across the country. Billed "Reclaiming America," the latest tour will feature conservative singers, speakers, and entertainers, as well as local elected officials and candidates. The tour will help put a spotlight on the failed policies of the Obama administration, and call...
  • Tea Party picks up steam, demands further cuts (TP_ExPress bus trip starts in Napa, Aug 27th-)

    08/03/2011 2:18:29 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies ^ | 8/3/11 | Joe Garofoli
    National Tea Party leaders in California were thrilled about one by-product of the political bloodbath over raising the federal debt ceiling: The fight showed that after two years of rabble-rousing from outside the Capitol, the Tea Party has real power to shape the debate in Washington. Their challenge now that President Obama has signed the debt limit law: Can the Tea Party transform its government-shrinking mantra into long-term power, or will it be a one-hit wonder? They're not stopping to think about it. This month, Tea Partiers will storm town hall meetings of Republican and Democratic members of Congress and...
  • Republican Prez candidates coming to Napa for Tea Party Express throwdown (August 27th, 2011)

    08/01/2011 7:05:20 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 17 replies ^ | 8/1/11 | Joe Garofoli
    <p>Even though the California Republican primary has been pushed back to the political calendar Siberia of June, "more than one" Republican presidential candidate is likely to be in Napa on Aug.27 for the kickoff of the latest Tea Party Express bus tour.</p>
  • Tea Party Express to launch at Napa Expo

    07/29/2011 10:41:25 PM PDT · by Syncro · 2 replies
    NapaValleyRegister ^ | June 29, 2011 | JAMES NOONAN
    Tea Party Express to launch at Napa Expo The road to Tampa — and the first tea party presidential debate — will start here in Napa. On Aug. 27, the grassroots, conservative Tea Party Express group will be hosting the first stop on its nearly month-long bus tour at the Napa Valley Expo. The tour, which organizers say will focus on states with early presidential primaries, will come to an end Sept. 12 in Tampa, Fla. where CNN and Tea Party Express will be co-sponsoring the tea party debate. While plans for the Napa event are still being finalized, Pam...
  • Details on the Napa Valley, Tea Party (August 26) dinner, ticket info and entertainment details

    07/29/2011 7:19:19 PM PDT · by Samizdat · 5 replies
    Tea Party Express dinner ^ | July 14, 2011 | Napa Tea Party
    There are still dinner tickets available but going fast. Presidential candidates will be at free rally next day, Saturday. Napa wine tasting and all that stuff.
  • BIG Tea Party RALLY May 22 Fairfield, CA

    05/15/2010 8:46:50 PM PDT · by American Preservative · 21 replies · 868+ views ^ | May 2010 |
  • Berkeley computer mistakenly reports Napa quake (actually USGS computer)

    05/01/2010 5:46:12 PM PDT · by PghBaldy · 5 replies · 327+ views
    Berkleyside ^ | April 30 | Tracey Taylor.
    The U.S. Geological Survey says a computer at its Berkeley station erroneously concluded a a magnitude 5 earthquake occurred in Napa (above).
  • No-win case for D.A. {No charges for Raiders' Cable}

    10/23/2009 7:58:43 AM PDT · by SmithL · 3 replies · 277+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 10/23/9 | Ray Ratto
    So Tom Cable walks. That's how you'd have figured it to play given the other characters and circumstances involved. But more than that, Napa County District Attorney Gary Lieberstein said that Raiders assistant coach Randy Hanson couldn't satisfactorily explain to Lieberstein's conviction rate how his jaw was broken. And that, ultimately, is the lesson here. Nobody told enough of a believable story for us ever to figure out what Cable, the Raiders head coach, actually did to Hanson's face, let alone what his intent was when he did whatever it was he did. With that kind of iron-clad certitude, is...
  • Napa Doesn't Back Same-Sex Marriage, Pair Axes Trip [We Axe trips to VT & CT & MA]

    03/21/2009 11:11:22 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 52 replies · 1,312+ views
    SFChronicle ^ | March 21, 2009
    Napa doesn't back same-sex marriage, pair axes trip Leslie Fulbright, Chronicle Staff Writer March 21, 2009 Bethany Holden-Soto and her wife were planning a weekend getaway in Napa - until they found out the city council had just declined to pass a resolution in support of same-sex marriage. "We want to take a trip with our tax return money and Napa seemed like a nice place," said Holden-Soto, 28, of Modesto. "We like wine and we wanted to go somewhere gay friendly, where we wouldn't have to worry and people wouldn't care. Then I heard about the resolution and thought...
  • Wildfire Threatens Napa Valley Homes, Wineries

    10/11/2008 1:35:12 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 1 replies · 250+ views
    Hundreds of firefighters Saturday battled a fast-growing wildfire that threatened homes and wineries in Napa Valley. Fire officials said the blaze had burned at least 300 acres in the rugged hills just outside Deer Park, a community about four miles east of the wine country town of St. Helena. The fire was about 40 percent contained Saturday morning, with full containment expected by day's end. CalFire spokeswoman Nancy Carniglia said the fire had destroyed at least two structures and threatened 200 homes and several wineries. About 100 Deer Park residents along Crestmont Drive and the surrounding area left their homes...
  • Napa Valley wine terroir shielded by European Union

    05/27/2007 9:59:57 PM PDT · by Clemenza · 31 replies · 804+ views
    AFP ^ | 5/28/07 | AFP
    California's premier Napa Valley wine region on Thursday became the first US terroir to have its name protected in the European Union. Napa Valley's official "Geographic Indication" was announced by European Commission agricultural attaché Jean-Marc Trarieux at the German consulate in San Francisco. "Europe does not have a monopoly on producing fine wines," Trarieux said. "Napa Valley has done an outstanding job." The Napa Valley Vintners Association petitioned the commission in 2005 to have the names "Napa" and "Napa Valley" recognized with GI status to provide the US wine country names legal protection against trademark infringement. In late January 2007...
  • Wind-driven wildfire threatens California vineyards

    09/23/2006 3:32:25 PM PDT · by mgstarr · 40 replies · 537+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 9/23/06 | Gina Keating
    A wind-driven wildfire on Saturday threatened some of California's premier vineyards and the winemaking city of Napa, one of several blazes kindled across the state by dry conditions and seasonal Santa Ana winds. The 400-acre (160-hectare) Napa fire started on Friday morning off a rural highway north of the wine lovers' haven by what fire officials believe was a downed power line. Firefighters had cornered the blaze northwest of the city and were hoping to have it contained by Sunday evening. The Napa Valley, about 40 miles north of San Francisco, is famed for its wine production and beauty and...
  • Napa Minuteman offers tales from border patrol

    09/16/2006 5:34:26 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 3 replies · 414+ views
    Napa Valley Register ^ | September 16, 2006 | DAVID RYAN
    A Napa resident who has patrolled the California-Mexico border as part of the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps gave a talk to a mostly supportive crowd of Republican Party members this week, describing his experience on the frontier and explaining how he became so active on an issue that is spurring debate around the country. John Clark, 37, said when he visited the border, he saw "coyotes" smuggling people, criminals smuggling drugs and even armed bandits on all-terrain vehicles who prey on immigrants. He said that with the chaos, U.S. Border Patrol agents are happy to have the Minutemen on the...
  • Wine Lines

    09/13/2006 9:08:46 AM PDT · by NautiNurse · 89 replies · 1,147+ views
    Daily Press ^ | Wednesday, September 13, 2006 | Bob Johnson
    The harvest season has arrived in California wine country. Thus far, reports from the Napa Valley have been unanimously positive, which means if Mother Nature continues to cooperate, 2006 could be an exceptional vintage for a number of wine varieties. Per usual, things got going early in the Carneros region, which straddles the southern borders of both Napa and Sonoma counties. That’s a big area for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir — two key ingredients in sparkling wine — and the makers of sparklers prefer to work with less-ripened fruit. Sauvignon Blanc was the first variety harvested farther north in Yountville,...
  • Minuteman targets Bay Area employers [California]

    07/10/2006 1:44:28 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 10 replies · 544+ views
    MSNBC/SF Business Times ^ | July 9, 2006 | Adrienne Sanders
    John M. Clark plans to spend several days picking grapes during the Wine Country's harvest this fall. He's not a field worker, but rather the head of the Napa-based Northern California Minuteman Civil Defense Corps, which wants to support vineyard owners short-handed by recent immigration crackdowns. "We want to say, 'I know you guys are having trouble because of laws being enforced, so we'd like to soften the impact and help you out," said Clark, adding that members would work for the going wage, about $8 an hour. Formed in late May, Clark's chapter has already attracted 50 people, most...
  • A Successful Vintner Pours His Passion Into Dynastic Dream

    07/02/2006 7:59:27 AM PDT · by NautiNurse · 31 replies · 477+ views ^ | 1 July 2006 | Julia Flynn
    > snip Today, the 65-year-old Mr. Harlan has a business to be proud of. His Harlan Estate wines, at $265 a bottle, have won perfect 100-point ratings from Robert Parker's Wine Advocate newsletter. Oenophiles add their names to multiyear waiting lists and snap up the wines at auction.But Mr. Harlan's broader passion is what he calls his "200-year plan." Crafted over several decades and consisting of handwritten notes on hundreds of legal pads, the plan analyzes Europe's venerable wine families in an attempt to distill the secrets of dynastic longevity.There are notes from weeks he spent at the Rothschild family's...
  • President Bush is coming! (Counter-protest to support President Bush in Napa Valley)

    04/19/2006 10:26:59 PM PDT · by Hetty_Fauxvert · 19 replies · 2,196+ views
    April 19, 2006 | Sonoma County Republican Party
    Dear Fellow Republicans, As you have probably heard, President Bush is coming to Napa County, very near to us! As you have also probably heard, there are going to be many counter demonstrators out to harass him. The Napa County Republican Party has organized a couple of rallies to show our opposition to his critics and to show our support for President Bush. We received the following message from The Napa County Republicans: Sonoma County Republican Party President Bush is coming to Napa Valley this Friday evening! He will be staying at Meadowood Resort on Friday and leaving Saturday...
  • Westwood One Launches 'The Monica Crowley Show' (debuts Sat April 1st at Noon ET)

    03/28/2006 4:58:35 AM PST · by ajolympian2004 · 12 replies · 2,886+ views
    Westwood One Press Release ^ | Monday March 20th, 2006 | Peter Sessa
    WESTWOOD ONE LAUNCHES THE MONICA CROWLEY SHOW --New Program to Air Saturdays, Noon - 3 p.m. ET-- Beginning Saturday, April 1, 2006 New York, NY Monday, Mar 20, 2006 - Westwood One (NYSE: WON) is proud to announce the national launch of The Monica Crowley Show, the three-hour talk program hosted by author and news personality Monica Crowley. The show begins Saturday, April 1, 2006, and will air from noon to 3 p.m. ET. The Monica Crowley Show will debut on major market stations across the country including: WABC-AM New York, WTKK-FM Boston and WTNT-AM Washington DC. The show will...
  • Weather service issues flood warnings for Northern California rivers

    03/05/2006 5:30:26 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 428+ views
    Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO The National Weather Service warned Sunday that a Northern California storm could cause flooding in portions of the Russian River and Napa River. The service issued flood warnings for the Napa River at St. Helena for late Sunday night or early Monday morning and for the Russian River at Healdsburg for Monday morning. The Napa River at St. Helena had risen to about 8 feet early Sunday afternoon, below the 19-foot flood level, said Jeff Kopps, a hydrologist at the National Weather Service in Monterey. The Russian River at Healdsburg had risen to about 3 feet,...
  • CA: Lawmakers headed for Monterey, Napa, Simi Valley (caucuses to "study the state budget")

    02/05/2006 8:03:22 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 2 replies · 252+ views
    ap on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 2/5/06 | Steve Lawrence - ap
    SACRAMENTO (AP) - You may have a better chance of bumping into a legislator in Monterey, Napa or Simi Valley than at the state Capitol this week. Three of the Legislature's four party caucuses are meeting away from Sacramento to discuss the state budget, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's public works plan and other issues. Assembly Democrats are going to Monterey for three days starting Monday. Their Republican counterparts will make a three-day pilgrimage to the Ronald Reagan library in Simi Valley, arriving in time to have chocolate cake on Monday as part of the celebration of the late president's 95th birthday....
  • Arrest Made In Wine Country Double Murder (Key was Forensic Evidence, including Camel Cigs)

    09/28/2005 10:33:03 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies · 933+ views
    CBS5 ^ | Sep 28, 2005 | Joe Vazquez
    Police made a major break Wednesday in a 2004 double murder that shocked the wine country. The day after Halloween last year, police found the brutally stabbed bodies of Leslie Mazzara and Adriane Insogna in their Napa home. In the early hours of Wednesday morning, officers arrested 26-year-old Eric Matthew Copple, and charged him with two counts of murder. Police say the Napa resident was involved in the fatal stabbings. Mazzara, 26, was a former beauty queen from South Carolina, who was working at a winery near Napa. Insagana, 26, was an engineer with the Napa Sanitation District. Their killer...
  • Napa Valley Celebrates 25th Wine Auction

    06/04/2005 8:56:39 PM PDT · by NautiNurse · 9 replies · 299+ views ^ | Jun 4, 11:03 PM EDT | MICHELLE LOCKE
    Leno warmed up the crowd with a standup routine that touched on everything from the Michael Jackson trial to politics to the perils of living in Southern California. "Isn't it fairly obvious by this point, God has a major problem with the people of Malibu?" he quipped. The auction, which has raised more than $52 million for local health care, housing and other causes since it began in 1981, got a major makeover this year.A biggest change was the price of a ticket, which tripled to $7,500 per couple for the three-day event. The live auction Saturday was also trimmed...
  • Supreme Court refuses to intervene in Napa wine label dispute

    03/21/2005 9:52:50 AM PST · by quantim · 32 replies · 713+ views ^ | Mar. 21, 2005 | AP
    WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court declined to intervene Monday in a dispute over when wine companies can tout the Napa Valley name on their bottles.Without comment, justices let stand a lower court ruling that said wine sold with "Napa" on the label must be made from at least 75 percent Napa-grown grapes. Growing conditions in California's Napa Valley are considered ideal for wine grapes.At issue was a California law, passed in 2000, that imposed the restriction. Bronco Wine Co. argued the law was unconstitutional because it imposed on the company's free speech and bars labels already approved by federal regulators.
  • Surprise-Our Local Liberal California Newspaper Says... "Re-elect President George W. Bush"

    10/24/2004 7:16:14 PM PDT · by skyman · 8 replies · 770+ views
    On the peaceful morning of Sept. 11, 200l, the unthinkable happened. Terrorism came to our shores and nearly 3,000 Americans paid with their lives, most of them because they happened to be at their jobs in this land of opportunity. We needed a strong president during those horrible and perilous days, and we had one in George W. Bush. On Sept. l4, 200l, standing on a pile of still-smoking rubble that was once the sight of the magnificent Twin Towers, the president spoke to hundreds of hardhats, firefighters and police officers -- and he spoke to a nation. He promised...
  • The Search For Atlantis 'Ends At Ayia Napa' (Cyprus)

    09/27/2003 5:01:50 PM PDT · by blam · 86 replies · 4,413+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 9-28-2003 | Fiona Govan
    The search for Atlantis 'ends at Ayia Napa' By Fiona Govan (Filed: 28/09/2003) It may be the answer generations of experts on the ancient world have been looking for. New research claims that the fabled ancient civilisation of Atlantis is located close to Cyprus. After nearly 10 years of research using ocean mapping technology and accounts from ancient texts, an American explorer says he has evidence that Atlantis lies beneath the deep blue waters off the southern tip of the island.Robert Sarmast, a self-proclaimed mythologist and expert on the ancient world, makes this claim in his book, Discovery of Atlantis...
  • Coppola's dream: superstar wine He expands Napa vineyard to make reds rivaling the French

    12/10/2002 2:10:21 PM PST · by concentric circles · 7 replies · 275+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | December 10, 2002 | Carol Emert
    <p>Francis Ford Coppola's purchase of the historic Cohn Vineyard in Rutherford is part of what the filmmaker calls a grand plan to make his Niebaum-Coppola Wine Estate the country's top wine house, on par with the great producers of France.</p>