John Fox, who confessed to running a wine Ponzi scheme from his Berkeley store, Premier Cru, was sentenced to six and a half years in prison for his crimes.
An expert in counterfeiting is concerned that the sale of old bottles and wooden crates from Premier Cru will help wine counterfeiters.
The contents of the Premier Cru office and warehouse in Berkeley will be auctioned off on Saturday, and they reveal much about John Fox, the former owner accused of a Ponzi scheme.
The book, by Berkeleyside co-founder Frances Dinkelspiel, tells the story of Berkeley native Mark Anderson who committed the largest ever crime involving wine.
Crush season means taking delivery of grapes, de-stemming and crushing them, by foot or machine, and getting the fermentation started.
Harvest season is relaxed and fun in Livermore Valley — here are five reasons to visit this hidden gem of Bay Area wine country.
The owner of Premier Cru purchased much of his fine wine on the gray market.
Berkeley will soon get a new seafood-focused wine bar and Oakland's Laurel District is likely to gain two beer gardens — these details and more, in this week's Bites.
There’s more than just breakfast on offer at this three-year-old café, but we think Bartavelle is at its best in the earlier hours. Sweet and savory porridge, a decadent Persian style breakfast board and an array of toasts on Acme bread are all on deck, plus coffee from Portland-based Heart Coffee Roasters. A glass of wine from the café’s excellent list makes a fine accompaniment for a weekend brunch (or a weekday meal, if you’re feeling decadent.) Bartavelle is at 1603 San Pablo Ave. (at Cedar), Berkeley.
The East Bay has seen a boom in quirky, community-focused wine shops that are expanding the way customers think about wine.
John Fox, the embattled co-owner of Premier Cru, faced some of his long-time customers at a creditors' hearing in Oakland.
East Bay winemakers' choices for Valentine's Day imbibing run the gamut from bubbly to deep Zins, and to eat: anything from oysters to Girl Scout cookies!
As the Chapter 7 bankruptcy case of the Berkeley wine store winds its way through court, significant details emerge about its operations.