Kosta Browne, the wine brand that defined an era of California Pinot Noir style, is embarking on big changes. This spring, for the first time ever, the Sebastopol winery will open a tasting room — a reversal of its long-held stance of exclusivity. And founders Dan Kosta and Michael Browne, who have been gradually transitioning toward personal projects for years, are officially stepping down from the company. Kosta Browne is among California wine’s greatest contemporary success stories. What began as two sommeliers’ scrappy garage project in the late 1990s is now a 30,000-case powerhouse with decade-long wait lists. It claims the only Pinot Noir ever awarded as Wine Spectator’s Wine of the Year. The company has been sold not once but twice to private-equity firms — the first time for a reported $40 million, the second time almost certainly for much more. Yet Scott Becker, the winery’s president and CEO, believes that Kosta Browne must now change or … [Read more...] about Kosta Browne reverses course on its lush, ripe Pinot Noir style
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Part of running for President is the contest to tell the best story about the problems of the country. Both Donald Trump and some of his Democratic rivals have spent significant time narrating the economic uncertainty in the lives of all but the richest Americans, a feeling of entrapment and helplessness. The odds that the Democratic Presidential candidate Andrew Yang will last long in the race are slim, but in the contest to describe what’s wrong with America he has become a compelling and distinctive figure. Yang’s story begins with the displacement of workers by automation. He blames Donald Trump’s 2016 victory on the loss of four million manufacturing jobs in swing states. The loss of jobs, he emphasizes, has not been limited to manufacturing. Technology has taken revenue from malls, from newspapers, from taxi-drivers. For Yang, our country’s divisions are a purely economic story, with other problems—nastiness, racism, misogyny, bad ideas—caused … [Read more...] about How Andrew Yang’s Robot Apocalypse Can Heal a Divided Nation
On a quiet residential corner of Atwater Village, one long block south of Glendale Boulevard, two neighborhood institutions have cozily coexisted for decades. Atwater Park Baptist Church, which was was founded in 1923, also houses Atwater Park Center, an early childhood intervention program started by church members.Since it opened in 1968, the center has helped thousands of small children with developmental disabilities get off to a good start. It has provided parents with the guidance and resources they need to try to maximize their children’s potential. It has done so completely independently from the church, which it reimburses monthly for its presence.The current pastor, the Rev. James Schultz, is 84 and likes to whistle, and some of the center’s little ones call him Grandpa. Over the years, the relationship between church and center has been warm.But recently the leadership of the two institutions found themselves in a strained standoff over money — fueled in … [Read more...] about Column: Gentrification opened a rift between an L.A. church and a children’s center. Can they both survive?
Howdy, I’m your host, Houston Mitchell. Let’s get right to the news.CLIPPERSLou Williams scored 27 points, Kawhi Leonard and Paul George combined for 42 points in their first game together for the Clippers, and Los Angeles rallied to edge the Boston Celtics 107-104 in overtime Wednesday night.George scored 25 points. Leonard added 17 and blocked Kemba Walker’s potential tying three-point attempt. The Clippers improved to 9-1 at home after rallying from a 10-point deficit in the fourth. Advertisement In overtime, George hit a three-pointer after he missed his first attempt and Patrick Beverley got the offensive rebound, then George fed Beverley for a three of his own. George’s free throw on a technical foul against Boston coach Brad Stevens completed seven straight points and the Clippers led 104-99.Beverley finished the game with 14 points, a career-high 16 rebounds and seven assists.“He literally single-handedly willed that game with his effort, his … [Read more...] about The Sports Report: Clippers outlast Celtics in overtime