Homeowner presses California winery with civil lawsuit
by Chad Abraham
, Aspen Daily News Staff Writer
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
An Aspen homeowner claims that a California winery was too careless with its grapes when it rented his residence during the Food & Wine Classic this past summer.
Larry Saliterman filed his lawsuit against the Jordan Vineyard and its national sales director, Chris Avery, in Pitkin County Court on Jan. 8.
He said in an interview last week that he rented his five-bedroom, 5,712-square-foot home on South Garmisch Street to the company from June 13-16.
Saliterman, who is seeking $10,543, said Jordan Vineyard agreed to limit its parties at his home to 35 people. But the winemaker hosted three “big” parties over the weekend, he said.
“They told me about [the parties] but didn’t say there would be 100 people in the house,” Saliterman said. “They were very nice, but they turned my kitchen into a commercial kitchen.”
Jordan Vineyard, a 1,400-acre, family-owned winery in Healdsburg, Calif., was celebrating its 40th anniversary at the time, according to a video the company posted on YouTube.
According to Saliterman, the parties left “wine stains all over on the carpet,” filtration problems with the kitchen’s exhaust fans and grease stains on the home’s wood floors.
He said he documented the damage, and sent vineyard representatives invoices and bids of repair estimates.
The winery put down a $6,000 damage deposit, and company representatives told Saliterman to take the money for the repairs out of that, he said. Avery did not return a message seeking comment.
“They said ‘Our people feel that the security deposit was enough to cover the damages,’” Saliterman said. “So we go court.”