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  • Napa’s Keller, Kostow Feed Guests at Record Wine Auction

    Over the weekend in luxurious corners of California’s wine country, the annual Auction Napa Valley raised a record $18.7 million for local charities, including Queen of the Valley Medical Center where co-chairman Kary Duncan was treated for a broken leg earlier this year.

  • Napa Tribal Casino Resisted by Winemakers to Protect Land

    The threat of a Las Vegas-style casino opening in the lush fields of California’s Napa Valley is rousing the makers of some of the world’s most celebrated wines into a pitched community fight.

  • Napoleon Dreamed of U.S., Flirted With Teenager: Lewis Lapham

    When the British finally defeated a resurgent Napoleon at Waterloo in 1815, they were taking no chances. He was put on the HMS Northumberland and shipped 5,000 miles away to one of the most isolated spots in the world.

  • How Haute Vegetables Are Conquering $500 Tasting Menus

    The $500 tasting menu at the Restaurant at Meadowood, in St. Helena, California, begins with a leaf. Four leaves, actually, stuck to two stems and seasoned with salt. “Borage,” my waiter says.

  • Six Bottles at $7,170 Validates TPG Founder Price's Wine Bet

    On a warm October afternoon, a steel- framed concrete warehouse north of San Francisco is inundated with grapes. Forklifts bearing fruit from the nearby Russian River Valley deliver their loads to a slow-moving conveyor belt. Flanking both sides, winemaking interns pick out stems and sunburned grapes as they groove to hip-hop music thumping from loudspeakers.

  • Napa County Clears Sinegal Estate to Boost Output, Register Says

    Sinegal Estate, a California winery owned by David Sinegal, son of former Costco Wholesale Corp. Chief Executive Officer James Sinegal, has won approval to more than quadruple its output, Napa Valley Register said.

  • Madoff Ex-Aides Ask to Show Jury Con Man Lying Smoothly

    Five former aides to Bernard Madoff on trial accused of taking part in his $17 billion Ponzi scheme argue a 2007 video of the con man telling an audience about the “impossibility of committing fraud” will show his skill at lying, bolstering their claim they were duped into helping him.

  • French Laundry Tops Ranking of Best Restaurants in U.S.

    The French Laundry in Yountville, California, is the finest restaurant in the U.S., followed by Gramercy Tavern and Le Bernardin in New York, according to a survey by The Daily Meal.

  • Golden Woman Hangs Upside Down, Pours Napa Valley Wine

    “We’re trending above Nascar and the Oscars on twitter,” crows auctioneer Fritz Hatton, as he opens the 17th Premiere Napa Valley trade barrel auction with sharp bangs of his gavel.

  • Harlan Wines, Aston Martin Lead $16.9 Million Napa Sale

    An Aston Martin DB9 Volante, a 20- year vertical of wines from Harlan Estates, and a tour of Coco Chanel’s apartment helped the 2013 Auction Napa Valley charity event raise a record $16.9 million.

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