Tag: press release

Caymus Vineyards Dismisses Federal Lawsuit Filed Against Governor Newsom Over Alleged Unfair Treatment of Napa Wineries in Initial Reopening Plan

The following is a formal press release from Caymus Vineyards

Rutherford, Calif.—Caymus Vineyards announced today the dismissal of its May 28, 2020 lawsuit against Governor Gavin Newsom and California State Public Health Officer Sonia Angell. Filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, the lawsuit alleged unfair and disparate treatment in the state’s reopening plan for non-essential businesses. With Governor Newsom deciding to open tasting areas for all wineries, regardless of whether or not they serve food, Caymus has decided to dismiss its complaint.

(more…)

Caymus Vineyards Files Federal Lawsuit Against Governor Newsom Alleging Discriminatory Treatment of Napa County Wineries in Reopening Plan

The following is a formal press release from Caymus Vineyards

Allowing wineries that serve food to open – while keeping closed wineries that offer wine tastings but no food – is arbitrary, contrary to public health, and violates U.S. and California Constitutions

Rutherford, Calif.—Caymus Vineyards announced today its filing of a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California against Governor Gavin Newsom and California State Public Health Officer Sonia Angell alleging discriminatory treatment in the state’s reopening plan for non-essential businesses. The reopening plan’s continued closure of wineries that don’t serve food violates the Equal Protection, Due Process, and Takings Clauses of both the U.S. and California Constitutions. The lawsuit asks the court to allow Caymus Vineyards—and by extension all Napa County wineries—to reopen wine tastings, as Napa County has determined that it meets the state’s Phase 2 guidelines of Stage 2.

(more…)

Napa Valley Vintner John R. Shafer Dies at Age 94

Long-time Winery Owner and Innovator Left His Mark on Wine Industry and Napa Valley Charities

The Shafer family is deeply saddened to announce the death of their father, longtime vintner, philanthropist and winery founder, John Shafer on March 2, 2019.

“The world of wine always inspired Dad and he loved nothing more than to work with the Shafer team to improve quality, enhance everything we do, and to discuss future projects,” says Doug Shafer, president, Shafer Vineyards, who worked with his father since 1983. “He also loved Napa Valley, worked to make it a better place for everyone, and we’re receiving amazing messages from a huge number of people whose lives he touched with his generous spirit.”

Environmental portrait of John Shafer surrounded by grapevines at Shafer Winery.

(more…)

California’s First Woman Winemaker of the Modern Era, Mary Ann Graf, Passes

Press Release.

Sonoma, Calif.—Mary Ann Graf, born October 23,1942, died of pancreatic cancer 1/30/2019. She was diagnosed in the spring of 2016. She is survived by her twin brothers, Don Graf and James and Paula Graf, of Sacramento and their families.

Graf was a trailblazing female in the world of wine and had many “firsts” to her credit. These include being the first woman to earn a degree in Enology (Fermentation Sciences earning her degree in 1965) at UC Davis, the first woman winemaker of the modern era in California, and the first woman on the Board of Directors of the American Society for Enology and Viticulture.

(more…)

Welcome to Briscoe Bites! Join 12,000 other subscribers: Enter your email address to receive notifications of new posts.