An Ohio farmer who left his post as chairman of a local Republican Party — in part over President TrumpDonald John TrumpDem senator says Zelensky was 'feeling the pressure' to probe Bidens 2020 Dems slam Trump decision on West Bank settlements Trump calls latest impeachment hearings 'a great day for Republicans' MORE’s agricultural policies — is considering mounting a challenge to Rep. Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel JordanThe Memo: GOP plays risky game with attacks on Vindman Former Bush aide defends Vindman, criticizes GOP congressmen for 'defaming' him Overnight Defense — Presented by Boeing — Pentagon watchdog says Syria withdrawal hurt ISIS fight | Vindman testifies on third day of public hearings | Lawmakers to wrap up defense bill talks this week MORE (R-Ohio).The Toledo Blade reports that Chris Gibbs, a cattle farmer and former chairman of the Shelby County Republican Party, is launching an exploratory committee as he mulls running against … [Read more...] about Ohio farmer who left GOP over Trump’s agricultural policy to challenge Jim Jordan
Heitz Wine Cellars, a renowned Napa Valley winery, has been sold to Gaylon Lawrence Jr., whose family owns one of the country’s largest agricultural businesses. The transaction includes 425 acres of vineyards, the winery and the tasting room. The purchase price was not disclosed, though an unnamed source in Wine Business speculated that it could go up to $180 million. More on Wine Wine & SpiritsBy Esther MobleyBattle for Napa Valley’s future: Proposed curb on vineyards...Wine & SpiritsBy Esther MobleyNew Chinese tariffs could be a blow to California’s wine...Gallo buys iconic Stagecoach Vineyard in Napa ValleyBiz & TechBy Esther MobleyIn Napa Valley deal, Silver Oak owners purchase Ovid winery Winemaker David Heitz and president and CEO Kathleen Heitz Myers, the second-generation stewards of the winery, will be stepping down from their roles. Robert Boyd, previously of Joseph Phelps Winery, has been named president and CEO. “It’s an … [Read more...] about Napa winery Heitz sold to Arkansas agriculture giant
"So this," says Warren Winiarski, "is the moral center of the universe." Winiarski is standing by the floor-to-ceiling Foucault pendulum he installed at the heart of the vaulted caves at Stag's Leap Wine Cellars. It swings methodically, dominating the room. The irregular stones under his feet depict the Earth; feldspar flecks in the ceiling represent stars. Each hallway branching off denotes a Napa Valley appellation - Oak Knoll, Yountville and so on. Certainly it was the center of Winiarski's universe until July, when the celebrated vintner sold his winery to Italian winemaker Piero Antinori and Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, Washington state's largest winery, for $185 million. For the next three years, Winiarski will remain as adviser, passing along nearly 40 years of collected wisdom about the vineyards that helped establish Napa Valley as a place for some of the world's best wine. What comes next remains a puzzle, though Winiarski, 79, hints that there's more to come, possibly even a … [Read more...] about After the leap: His celebrated winery sold, Warren Winiarski ponders his legacy – and his next move
Nicolas Maduro speaks during a military parade on April 13, 2019 in Caracas, Venezuela. Photo: Marco Bello/Getty Images When Juan Guaidó, the leader of Venezuela’s National Assembly, declared Nicolás Maduro’s government illegitimate and claimed the presidency, he assured his backers abroad that the rank and file of the country’s armed forces were on his side and would turn on the regime in a matter of weeks, as his popular uprising gained momentum. That was in January. Nearly three months later, while Guaidó’s protest movement continues and about 1,500 Venezuelan soldiers have defected to neighboring countries, the pace of defections has slowed and the military remains solidly aligned with Maduro. For both Guaidó and the Trump administration, that’s a problem, because the military is the final guarantor of Maduro’s job security and will ultimately decide whether he stays or goes. So far, it seems to have decided that he stays, … [Read more...] about Venezuela’s Maduro Doesn’t Appear to Be Going Anywhere. What Now?
BAMBERG, South Carolina—Nikki Haley, an accomplished opportunist in the risky world of President Donald Trump’s cabinet, was born in 1972 here in the “black belt” of rural South Carolina. It’s an agricultural region where most people have African-American backgrounds and, as Haley wrote in her 2012 memoir, “ Haley has not been back to Bamberg since Trump appointed her America’s ambassador to the United Nations in January 2017, according to several residents and officials here. Never mind. Haley remains Bamberg’s homegrown VIP, and the town’s main claim to fame. This week in New York City, Donald Trump will be looming large on Haley’s turf at the U.N., making major speeches and presiding over the Security Council (and perhaps distracting from the D.C.-encompassing allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh). But Haley will be someone to watch as well, starting with Sunday’s talk shows. She has boundless … [Read more...] about Nikki Haley Is Taking the Tea Party Global