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Wine collector set for sentencing on fraud charges

July, 24, 2014 Wine collector set for sentencing on fraud charges

(ModBee) - A California wine collector the government has characterized as a prolific counterfeiter who sold at least $20 million in fake wine faces at least 11 years in prison when he is sentenced Thursday on fraud charges. Rudy Kurniawan, 37, was convicted in December of mail and wire fraud char...

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Meet the Latest Wine Celebrity - the Vineyard

July, 23, 2014 Meet the Latest Wine Celebrity - the Vineyard

(Wine-Searcher) - With all the focus on critics, consultants and sommeliers, Mike Steinberger says it's easy to lose sight of the real star of the wine world – the vineyard. I’m stating the obvious here, but no country manufactures celebrities and fawns over them quite like the Unite...

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CA: Grape harvest begins early in Temecula Wine Country

July, 23, 2014 CA: Grape harvest begins early in Temecula Wine Country

(PE) - Among the many things to do in a typical July in Southwest Riverside County are free concerts in the park, Hot Summer Nights events in Old Town Temecula and leisurely visits to the more than 40 wineries that fill the countryside. This year, for the first time in memory there, is something...

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Is Climate Change Ruining Wine Corks?

July, 23, 2014 Is Climate Change Ruining Wine Corks?

(Discovery) - Wine lovers might treasure the oaky, full-bodied taste of a cabernet sauvignon or the light and fruity aroma of a pinot grigio. But if the bottle is stopped with a low-quality cork, they can kiss that meticulously cultivated flavor goodbye. Many people may only worry about corks wh...

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Treasury Wine Estates has small win against shareholder class action litigator

July, 23, 2014 Treasury Wine Estates has small win against shareholder class action litigator

(TheAge) - The Supreme Court of Victoria has fired a broadside at the business model of one-man shareholder litigator Mark Elliott, arguing the former partner with Minter Ellison had likely set up his Melbourne City Investments (MCI) vehicle for the purpose of launching class action law suits to ge...

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FBI hunts winemaker linked to neo-nazi site

July, 22, 2014 FBI hunts winemaker linked to neo-nazi site

(TDB) - A Californian winemaker alleged to be behind an anti-Semitic website is thought to have fled to Canada after the FBI issued a warrant for his arrest. Béla Varga, owner of the kuruc.info domain, is charged with stalking and harassing an attorney in May who had obtained a subp...

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Napa’s Quixote Winery Sold to Chinese-Owned Firm For Approximately $29 Million

July, 22, 2014 Napa’s Quixote Winery Sold to Chinese-Owned Firm For Approximately $29 Million

(WineSpectator) - Carl Doumani has sold his Quixote winery in Napa Valley’s Stags Leap District to Jinta Vineyards and Winery, a Chinese-owned private firm registered in the United States. Jinta paid close to the asking price of $29 million, according to Doumani. The deal is the latest of a ...

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China Is Brewing Wine From Tiger Bones

July, 22, 2014 China Is Brewing Wine From Tiger Bones

(TheDailyBeast) - Despite official bans on the sales of tiger bones, wine made from exotic animal remains thrives on China’s black market. From an old cardboard box, Li Wen drew a clear glass bottle filled with a dark brown liquid. The yellowed label indicated that it was brewed decades...

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