With To Kalon, it’s never over. Located in western Oakville, the 450-acre To Kalon Vineyard is the source of some of Napa Valley’s most expensive and acclaimed wines from producers like Opus One, Schrader, Paul Hobbs, MacDonald and Robert Mondavi. Last summer, Constellation Brands, which owns the Robert Mondavi Winery, filed three new trademark applications tied to the area: “To Kalon Wine Company,” “To Kalon Vineyard Company” and “Rooted in To Kalon.” The company planned to use “To Kalon Wine Company” for a new brand it will release with superstar winemaker Andy Erickson. Now comes word that Constellation has abandoned all three trademark registrations. Related Stories Wine & SpiritsBy Esther MobleyTasting Notes: The wines of To KalonWine & SpiritsBy Esther MobleyWith new To Kalon brand, Constellation revives legendary Napa...Wine & SpiritsBy Jon BonnéAre California wine prices way too high? Why? … [Read more...] about The battle over To Kalon continues as Constellation abandons trademark push
When Björk first conceived of the live show for her ninth studio album, 2017’s lush Utopia, she envisioned something “a little bit Pollyanna”. Having cut short the tour for the preceding Vulnicura album owing to the emotional weight of its dense break-up songs, this was a chance to create a new world, one bathed in light. Cornucopia has been billed by Björk as her “most elaborate staged concert to date”, which is saying something considering that 2011’s Biophilia jaunt utilised actual lightning to make beats. Her choice of arena-sized venues suggests that logistics won out over intimacy. Everything here is oversized, from the constantly shifting fringed screens that drape the stage – made up of a collection of fungi-like pods – to the crisp projections showing polymorphous alien-like flora and fauna that often engulf the 18-piece choir and the flute septet, to the dome-like reverberation chamber into which Björk … [Read more...] about Björk review – a spectacular vision of Utopia
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The New York State Attorney General (NYAG) is investigating WeWork, according to two people familiar with the matter, adding to a mounting series of problems that have turned the workspace provider from a Wall Street darling to a pariah in a matter of weeks. FILE PHOTO: The WeWork logo is displayed outside of a co-working space in New York City, New York U.S., January 8, 2019. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid/File Photo The company, which is expected to lay off thousands of employees beginning this week as it faces ballooning losses, confirmed on Monday that it had been contacted by the office of the NYAG, Letitia James. “We received an inquiry from the office of the New York State Attorney General and are cooperating in the matter,” said a WeWork spokeswoman when contacted by Reuters. A spokesman for the NYAG declined to comment. Among the issues the NYAG is examining is whether WeWork’s founder and former chief executive, Adam Neumann, … [Read more...] about Exclusive: New York State Attorney General investigating WeWork – sources
A book store inside Shinsegae Department Store’s Centum City branch in Busan (left) and Lotte Department Store’s high-end home appliance select shop in Gangnam District, southern Seoul (right). [SONG BONG-GEUN, LOTTE DEPARTMENT STORE]Korea has not been spared from “retail-ageddon,” the global phenomenon where brick-and-mortar establishments are going out of business because of the loss of footfalls due to online competition, but department stores seem to be the exception, as they redouble their efforts to get consumers through the door.According to recent performance reports, Shinsegae Department Store’s operating profit in the third quarter came in at 66 billion won ($56.5 million), a 12.2 percent on-year rise. The strong results came despite a fall in sales after the closure of the outlet at Incheon International Airport.Lotte Department Store’s third-quarter operating profit was up 16.8 percent on year to 104.1 billion won. The results, with … [Read more...] about Department stores manage to defy the retail rout
Should To Kalon, California’s most hotly contested vineyard, become an appellation? Hear me out. Although To Kalon is in Napa Valley, it operates more like a vineyard in Burgundy. There, vineyards are appellations, with boundaries delineated by the government. Individual wineries own portions of each vineyard, but no one owns the name. All stakeholders of a vineyard like Le Chambertin or Le Montrachet are equally entitled to use those words on their labels, in the same way that anyone making wine from the Oakville American Viticultural Area (AVA; our appellation system) may use the term Oakville on its labels. A vineyard has to be pretty special for multiple parties to want a piece of it — and for all those parties to want to call it by a common name. Such is the case with To Kalon, which worked its way back into the news cycle last week when Jeremy Nickel filed a lawsuit challenging the legitimacy of Constellation Brands’ To Kalon trademarks. I won’t go into … [Read more...] about What if the To Kalon Vineyard became a California AVA?