DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — Nestled away in rural Clayton County is a small weekend paradise.
Double doors open to what looks like a town square that would be found in a European countryside,...
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Golfers in Oklahoma will again be allowed to take beer or wine onto the course.
Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt signed a bill Wednesday that closes a loophole in a...
Winery owner turns to hemp to save his vineyard
LEBANON, Pa. (AP) — When William Hartmann opened Royal Oaks Vineyard & Winery in North Cornwall Township, Lebanon County, it was like a dream come true.
Rookie Herta wins IndyCar Classic at 18 years old
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Everything went Colton Herta's way on Sunday, from the victory on the race track to the sparkling wine on the podium instead of apple cider.
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Administrators, staff and residents of Montana retirement communities asked the Legislature Thursday to allow their facilities to be licensed to serve alcohol to residents and...
Proposed Peoria winery drawing opposition from residents
PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — A zoning board has rejected plans by a central Illinois winery to expand.
The Peoria Planning and Zoning Commission voted against proposed land-use changes that would...
SEATTLE (AP) — A popular winery near Seattle has agreed to improve accessibility and make other changes to settle a federal Americans with Disabilities Act complaint.
Legendary Napa Valley vintner John Shafer dies at 94
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Legendary Northern California vintner John Shafer, who was part of a generation that helped elevate sleepy Napa Valley into the international wine powerhouse it is today, has...
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's bourbon industry has a bracing message for its home state lawmakers as they consider whether to relax restrictions on wine sales: What's good for California...
More than 50 companies showcased at Illinois Products Expo
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — More than 50 food producers, wineries and agricultural groups will showcase their Illinois-made products at the Illinois Products Expo this weekend.
Small Indiana wineries lobby for expanded distribution
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Small wineries in Indiana are lobbying for the chance to sell their products direct to retailers and restaurants after the number of wine wholesalers in the state plummeted...
Bobby Flay, Martha Stewart among big name chefs in Miami
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Bobby Flay, Giada De Laurentiis, Martha Stewart and Guy Fieri are among the chefs fanning out across South Florida.
New owners plan to move historic riverboat to Ohio winery
CINCINNATI (AP) — The new owners of Cincinnati's historic Showboat Majestic plan to continue using the double-decker riverboat as an entertainment venue on the Ohio River.
Senate passes bill to allow wine shipments into the state
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A bill that would allow direct out-of-state shipments of wine to Kentucky consumers has won overwhelming approval in the state Senate.
Senators voted 29-5 on Friday to pass the bill, which now goes to the state House.
Republican Sen. Max Wise, the bill's lead sponsor, says Kentucky is among five states that don't allow direct wine shipments to consumers in their states.
French wine exporters in a ‘total fog’ ahead of Brexit
PARIS (AP) — French wine and spirits exporters say they are in a "total fog" over Brexit.
With less than two months before Britain's scheduled departure from the European Union, the head of the French federation of exporters of wines and spirits warned Wednesday of the damage that an exit without an agreement would cause.
House OK allowing wine, mixed drink sales from golf carts
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana residents would be able to sell wine and mixed drinks like margaritas from golf carts on the state's golf courses under a bill that's cleared the Indiana House.
The chamber approved the legislation Thursday on a 92-4 vote, sending the measure to the Senate for consideration.
Shutdown casts pall on effort to help Oregon winegrowers
TURNER, Ore. (AP) — Winegrowers in southern Oregon faced financial ruin after a California winemaker claimed wildfire smoke tainted their grapes and refused to buy them. Now, the rejected fruit that was turned into wine by local vintners is facing another setback.
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Woman drinking wine from Pringles can banned from Walmart
WICHITA FALLS, Texas (AP) — Police in northern Texas say a woman has been banned from a local Walmart after she spent several hours driving an electric shopping cart around the store's parking lot while drinking wine from a Pringles can.
Wine week celebrating 2 ‘Wine Dynasties’ this year
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire's Wine Week is celebrating two "Wine Dynasties" this year.
The husband-and-wife team of Gina Gallo and Jean-Charles Boisset are featuring a guided wine tasting at a seminar-style event on Wednesday, Jan. 23, from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Puritan Conference Center in Manchester.
Breweries, wineries suffer due to government shutdown
PERU, Ind. (AP) — Breweries, wineries and distilleries in Indiana and Michigan are experiencing delays — and taking a financial hit — because some permits are not being issued due to the partial federal government shutdown.
The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau issues permits that allow businesses to open, craft a new beer or wine, or create labeling for a product. That agency is currently closed.
Wesson to vote on sales of wine and beer
WESSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi town of nearly 1,900 will vote Jan. 15 on whether to allow beer and wine sales.
Wesson has lost $2,000 to $3,000 a month in tax revenues since Brookhaven legalized beer and liquor sales in June 2013, officials told The Daily Leader of Brookhaven.
Monticello wine region expanding into Fluvanna
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Joined by soil and climate, a portion of Fluvanna County has been added to the official Monticello grape-growing region and has pulled in two county vineyards and wineries along with it.
The Monticello American Viticultural Area is expanding its 1,320 square miles with 166 square miles of Fluvanna County. That includes the Cunningham Creek Winery at Middle Fork Farm, near Palmyra, and Thistle Gate Vineyard, near Scottsville.
Purple Toad Winery in Paducah known for sweet wines
PADUCAH, Ky. (AP) — Purple Toad Winery in Paducah, Kentucky, has gained a great following among Tri-State sweet wine lovers.
Tasters enjoy the winery's clever flavors such as Black and Bruised (blackberry and Concord grape); Strawberry Lemonade and Chocolate Harbor (a strong port-style wine fermented with cocoa).
Virginia’s Middle Peninsula to get new winery
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia's Middle Peninsula is set to get its second winery.
Gov. Ralph Northam's office announced Wednesday that Zoll Vineyards plans to open a new farm-to-table winery in Gloucester County.
Northam's office said the vineyard will make a wines, meads and ciders using Virginia-grown groups and honey.
Prosecco’s bubble shows no sign of bursting
ASOLO, Italy (AP) — Prosecco, the fruity sparkling wine made in the northeastern hills of Italy is gaining in global popularity — and producers of Champagne, for so long the dominant bubbly wine, are taking note.
Oregon senator seeks aid for vineyards hit by wildfire smoke
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A U.S. senator from Oregon is asking the Senate to provide federal assistance to vineyards that suffered smoke exposure from wildfires.
Sen. Ron Wyden requested that any year-end funding bill include an extension of the Wildfires and Hurricanes Indemnity Program to provide compensation for wine-grape growers.
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Owners of state’s oldest winery easing into retirement
SOUTH HAMPTON, N.H. (AP) — Much like the bottles that line its shop walls of the Jewell Towne Vineyards, New Hampshire's oldest winery has only gotten better with age.
But after 25 years of business, Jewell Towne co-owners Peter and Brenda Oldak have announced that they're winding things down to make time for leisure, travel, and spending time with their four grandchildren.
San Francisco chef first in US to receive 3 Michelin stars
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A San Francisco chef is the first woman in the United States to be awarded three stars from the Michelin Guide.
Dominique Crenn celebrated the honor on Instagram Thursday with her staff at Atelier Crenn, posting "congratulations to my amazing team."
It was not the only honor for Crenn in Michelin's Bay Area guide. Michelin also awarded one star to her new wine bar, Bar Crenn.
California winery and Oregon meet to defuse labeling dispute
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon regulators and a California winery accused of misrepresenting the Oregon origins of its bestselling pinot noir, an act which infuriated local winemakers, said Thursday after a preliminary meeting they're hopeful they can resolve the dispute.
California winery and Oregon feud over pinot labeling rights
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Pinot noir is one of the finickiest grapes, but with proper nurturing it produces an amazing wine. Officials in Oregon and at a U.S. government agency are similarly finicky, and are stomping on a California winery's claims that it makes an Oregon pinot.
Regulators recommend for California winery to lose licenses
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Liquor Control Commission has recommended for a California winery to lose its licenses to distribute wine or do retail business within the state.
The Oregonian/OregonLive reports commission executive director Steven Marks sent a letter to the owner of Rutherford, California,-based Copper Cane LLC, saying multiple violations of Oregon labeling regulations were found.
California winery to alter wine names after Oregon complains
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A California company accused of putting misleading labels on wines to make it appear they were produced in Oregon's famed pinot noir region says it will change labels after selling the remaining 900,000 bottles.
Joe Wagner of Rutherford, California,-based Copper Cane LLC says the Napa Valley winery will put new labels on two brands of wine made with Oregon grapes.
Feds: California vintner can’t use Oregon label on his wines
MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) — A major California wine producer must stop using labels that imply a connection to Oregon pinot noirs.
The Mail Tribune reports that the Federal Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau has ruled that Napa Valley vintner Joe Wagner must surrender nine labels — including Elouan and The Willametter -- because of the deceptive labeling.
Trump right and wrong on ‘French’ wine tariffs
PARIS (AP) — U.S. President Donald Trump is partly right but far from completely correct when he says that France's "big tariffs" make it hard for American vintners to sell their wines to the French.
Wrong because customs duties on imported wines are applied not by France but by the European Union. Right because American tariffs are "globally" less than what Europe charges, the French customs authority says.
Supreme Court justice christens Navy ship in Mobile
MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor was on hand in Mobile, Alabama, to christen a U.S. Navy ship.
Al.com reports that the USNS Puerto Rico was christened Saturday at the Austal USA shipyard, where it was built. Sotomayor broke a bottle of sparkling wine across the bow, a Navy tradition.
Businesses pose issue if Newsom becomes California governor
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Before he was a politician, California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom was a businessman, and over the years he became a millionaire through his holdings in wineries, bars, restaurants, hotels and liquor stores.
Newsom, a Democrat, is running for governor, and those business interests present an ethics challenge if he's elected as predicted and follows through on his vow to keep his holdings.
1 dies, 7 injured in accident involving Hermann Trolley
HERMANN, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri State Highway Patrol says a 55-year-old woman died in a collision with a trolley on a tour of the state's wine region.
Two other people in the woman's vehicle and seven people on the trolley were injured in the crash Saturday near Hermann.
The patrol says Paula Heidemann, of Hermann, died at the scene when she tried to turn and was hit by the eastbound trolley.
Submarine Vermont christened at Connecticut shipyard
GROTON, Conn. (AP) — The Navy's newest nuclear-powered attack submarine was christened Saturday at a Connecticut shipyard, a $2.7 billion vessel packed with the latest war-fighting technology.
Vermont winery’s wine selected to christen USS Vermont
PUTNEY, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont winery's sparkling apple wine has been selected to christen the nuclear-powered submarine USS Vermont.
The Brattleboro Reformer reports Putney Mountain Winery owner Charles Dodge said Tuesday their Northern Spy wine will be spilled during the christening ceremony to be held Saturday in Connecticut.
Jill Biden to christen USS Delaware at Virginia shipyard
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) — Former Vice President Joe Biden and his wife Jill Biden plan to visit a Virginia shipyard that builds aircraft carriers and submarines.
The Daily Press reported Wednesday that Joe Biden will meet Friday with union leaders as well as workers at Newport News Shipbuilding. The former vice president is among several Democrats who could run for president in 2020.
Michigan bans marijuana-infused alcoholic drinks
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Rick Snyder has signed legislation to immediately prohibit marijuana-infused alcoholic drinks in Michigan.
The law enacted Tuesday bars the use, possession or sale of marijuana-infused beer, wine, liquor and mixed drinks.
Supporters say the bill is a pre-emptive move in case Michigan voters next month legalize marijuana for recreational use. They say marijuana-infused alcohol could exacerbate intoxicated driving.
Picking the ripe fruit is first step in wine-making process
ABINGDON, Va. (AP) — It was the last week in September, and the sun was rising high above the mountains in rural Washington County, Virginia.
Oregon seeks investigation of California winery label claims
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Nearly all of Oregon's Congressional delegation has sent a letter asking federal officials to investigate whether a California wine producer is falsely labeling wines as an Oregon coast pinot noir.
The letter signed by both of Oregon's U.S. senators and four of its five U.S. representatives asks the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau to investigate.
Oregon vineyards face losses amid concerns about smoke taint
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Some Oregon lawmakers and winery owners scrambled Thursday to help a dozen vineyard owners who face the prospect of tons of grapes withering on the vine after a California company abruptly canceled contracts to buy the grapes worth millions of dollars over fears they are tainted by wildfire smoke.
Copper Cane, based in the Napa Valley, canceled contracts to buy 2,000 tons (1,814 metric tons) of grapes just as the annual harvest was getting underway in Oregon.
Germany sees biggest wine harvest since ’99 after hot summer
BERLIN (AP) — An industry group says German winemakers are on track for their biggest grape harvest in nearly 20 years after a long, hot summer that shriveled many other farmers' crops.
The German Wine Institute said Thursday that, with the harvest 95 percent complete, it expects winegrowers to produce 1.07 billion liters (280 million gallons) of wine must, the pressed grape juice that is one of the first steps in winemaking.
Napa Valley winery rejects 2,000 tons of Oregon grapes
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A California wine company has suddenly canceled contracts to purchase at least 2,000 tons of wine grapes from Southern Oregon growers because of apparent smoke contamination from wildfires.
The Capital Press reports Copper Cane Wines & Provisions based in Napa Valley told growers as recently as late September that it would not buy the grapes.
Harvest season begins with sunny, warm weather
MCMINNVILLE, Ore. (AP) — Early signs of autumn in Yamhill County are crisp mornings, kids back in school, the first leaves hitting the ground and truckloads of grapes delivered from vineyard to winery.
The crush of 2018 is under way — and a relatively mild summer has translated to a mostly stress-free environment for the grapes.
Oregon moves to protect wine from false out-of-state labels
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon pinot noir is so popular that some winemakers elsewhere are making false links to the state's viticultural areas for their own wines, and might be breaking the law, experts testified Monday at a hearing at the Capitol.