TURNER, Ore. (AP) — Smoke from the West Coast wildfires has tainted grapes in some of the nation's most celebrated wine regions with an ashy flavor that could spell disaster for the 2020...
SAN DIEGO (AP) — California wineries started uncorking their bottles and welcoming people back to their tasting rooms Friday as the state's $145 billion tourism industry gears up with hotels,...
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon is planning to allow its famed microbreweries and wine tasting rooms to reopen when it starts loosening stay-home orders, rejecting a federal recommendation that bars...
SONOMA, Calif. (AP) — In stark contrast to the normal hustle and bustle of tourists and enophiles, the grounds sit empty at California’s oldest commercial winery — the historic Buena Vista....
LOS ANGELES (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Sunday called for all bars, wineries, nightclubs and brewpubs to close and urged seniors and people with chronic health conditions to isolate...
California governor calls for closure of all bars and wineries, home isolation of everyone 65 and older
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California governor calls for closure of all bars and wineries, home isolation of everyone 65 and older.
PASO ROBLES, California (AP) — Winemakers around this central California city can grow a mind-boggling variety of grapes thanks to a wide diversity of microclimates.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Gov. Jim Justice wants to expand West Virginia's winemaking industry.
The Republican governor on Wednesday said he's asking officials in the state's commerce and...
WALLA WALLA, Wash. (AP) — Southeastern Washington has been producing high-quality wines for decades. But in the past five years, the wineries of the Walla Walla Valley have drawn international...
BARNEVELD, Wis. (AP) — When Peter Botham planted his first grape vines here, there were only a handful of wineries in Wisconsin.
They included Wollersheim Winery near Prairie du Sac,...
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MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin might be best known for its beer offerings, but the state's wineries are drawing tourists from across the Upper Midwest.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Virginia winery plans to double its yearly production thanks in part to a state grant.
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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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (AP) — The winners of the 33rd New York Wine Classic have been announced, with the annual event's most esteemed award going to a white wine produced by a Finger Lakes winery.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the winners Wednesday, the final day of the three-day event held at the Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel on the southern end of Seneca Lake.
The Governor's Cup, the top award given at the Classic, went to a 2017 Gewürztraminer from Keuka Spring Vineyards in Penn Yan in Yates County.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana has a new wine trail for wine lovers interested in exploring some of the state's numerous wineries.
The Indiana Grown program that's run by the State Department of Agriculture has unveiled the new trail featuring 30 locations set amid rolling hills, scenic towns and cities across the state.
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Visitors to Vermont can now take a culinary route through the Champlain Valley by visiting food producers, restaurants, farms, breweries and wineries on the state's new tasting trail.
Officials say the Lake Champlain Tasting Trail is part of a larger effort to develop an international culinary trail in Vermont, New York, Ontario and Quebec that would focus on farm and food experiences.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Longer recess for students, legalized slots-like betting machines, and looser regulations on bringing dogs to wineries are a few of the new Virginia laws going into effect Sunday.
DALLAS, Ore. (AP) — From South Africa's drought-stricken vineyards, to France's noble chateaus, to sunny vineyards in Australia and California, the wine industry is taking action to protect itself amid rising temperatures and more dramatic weather variations caused by climate change.
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MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — An event in New Hampshire is gathering the best restaurants, wineries, distilleries and local producers from the Granite State under one roof.
The 17th annual party Thursday evening celebrates the winners of an online poll organized by New Hampshire Magazine that honors some of the state's best businesses. Over 210 businesses were selected as this year's winners based on more than 15,000 votes.
SOUTHOLD, N.Y. (AP) — A Long Island town is looking to prohibit the proliferation of food trucks on a section of the area's winery trail.
Southold has issued a warning to local wineries about the growing presence of food trucks on their properties. Newsday reports the town has already started issuing citations, noting the sale of food by the trucks is prohibited by the current code.
CUTCHOGUE, N.Y. (AP) — Thirty chickens and a parading duck provided entertainment as patrons sipped Cacklin' rose on the shady deck of The Old Field Vineyards in Southold, Long Island, east of New York City.
Down the road in Peconic, bachelorettes and tourists clambered from limousines and buses at Pindar Vineyards, noisily filling the large outdoor deck and nearly drowning out karaoke.
REYNOLDSBURG, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio agriculture director has honored the state's top wines as evaluated by a panel of judges in an annual event.
Agriculture Director David Daniels announced the Director's Choice recipients last week at a Statehouse event for retailers, distributors, restaurateurs and winery owners. The judges evaluated nearly 20 wines.
KASOTA, Minn. (AP) — As more and more wineries spring up, the operators have a good handle on how to grow grapes and turn them into wine. While the wineries need sizable investments in equipment, many can't justify the added cost of setting up a bottling plant as well.
That's where Josie Boyle and her crew come in, or rather drive in.
HOOD RIVER, Ore. (AP) — The Columbia River Gorge is a marvel of nature known for spectacular waterfalls, scenery and hiking. But it's also famous in the world of wine.
The region's geology has given rise to a wine industry that's growing in both number and reputation, with more than 40 wineries within a 40-mile (60-kilometer) stretch. In 2004, the Columbia Gorge was designated an American Viticultural Area, a wine grape region distinguished by geographic features.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by two Minnesota wineries over a law that restricts the source of grapes they can use.
Alexis Bailly Vineyard and Next Chapter Winery are farm wineries, meaning they can sell their products to wholesalers, retailers and directly to consumers as long as 51 percent of the grapes or grape juices come from Minnesota.
The wineries claimed that requirement is unconstitutional and hurts their business. They plan to appeal.
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — Like many entrepreneurs, Robert Schulten said expanding his Asylum Distillery business has always been part of his plans.
It's been two years since the Fairfield resident opened his distillery at in Bridgeport, and his most recent plans include opening a second facility among the growing restaurant scene in downtown Bridgeport, introducing a speakeasy-style establishment where customers could enjoy a few in-house drinks, much like a brewery or winery.
ENSENADA, Mexico (AP) — Wine lovers, listen up: There's a little-known gem just south of the border called Valle de Guadalupe.
It's a bit dustier and rougher around the edges than California's prized Napa Valley, but Baja's wine country offers a relaxed, unpretentious, budget-friendly experience clustered along a main highway in this region of Mexico known as the Ruta del Vino.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Wine makers and residents from New York's Finger Lakes region on Tuesday urged Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration to reject calls for a massive trash incinerator between Seneca and Cayuga lakes.
The facility would generate energy by burning thousands of tons of trash each day at the site of the former Seneca Army Depot in the town of Romulus. The project must be approved by the state before it can move forward.
ATLANTA (AP) — Georgians would be able to purchase alcohol at restaurants and wineries on Sunday mornings under a proposal approved Tuesday by state senators.
The Senate voted 38-18 in favor of allowing on-premise consumption to begin at 11 a.m. on Sundays.
Off-premise sales, such as those at supermarkets, would remain illegal until 12:30 p.m. on Sundays.
If the bill passes the House, earlier sales would have to be approved in referendums on the local level.
ATLANTA (AP) — Retail stores are no longer included in a proposal to allow Georgians to purchase alcohol on Sunday mornings.
By a non-unanimous vote, the Senate Regulated Industries and Utilities Committee on Tuesday backed an amended bill that would allow for on-premise consumption at restaurants and wineries to begin at 11 a.m. on Sunday.
Off-premise sales, such as those at supermarkets, would remain illegal until 12:30 p.m. on Sundays.
YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — Blending the old frontier with the new-age West, several local people are saddling up — or hitching up — to give folks a different way to sip wine.
Certainly, there are a number of ways to visit area wineries, including driving cars or riding in limousines.
And some trips don't require motors, such as those people who bicycle or hike.
Then there are the throwbacks to the days of horse and buggies — or just horseback.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A winemaking expert says Ohio needs more vines to continue its growth as one of the country's biggest wine producers.
Todd Steiner directs the winemaking program in Ohio State's College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. He says it's important to ensure there's enough fruit for the state's many wineries.
Steiner says tough winters are hard on vineyards, especially since newly planted vines take at least four years to produce grapes.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A celebrated Oregon winemaker who helped found several well-known wineries died in her isolated cabin in southern Oregon, a newspaper reported Thursday.
Patricia Green, 62, may have fallen while alone at the cabin in Roseburg, The Oregonian/OregonLive reported . She died on Monday.
Green co-owned the Willamette Valley winery Patricia Green Cellars in Newberg.
STRASBURG, Va. (AP) — Thomas Jefferson may have been the first winemaker in Virginia, but it took another 200 years for the industry to blossom in the state. Today, with 300 wineries, Virginia is the fifth-largest wine region in the United States.
While 70 percent of the state's wineries are clustered in eastern Virginia, it's worth a trip across the Blue Ridge Mountains to the west side, where some of the state's best wines are produced in the scenic Shenandoah Valley.
BURDETT, N.Y. (AP) — The sloping vineyards of New York's Finger Lakes region known for producing golden-hued rieslings and chardonnays also are offering a splash of orange wine.
SONOMA, Calif. (AP) — Worried California vintners surveyed the damage to their vineyards and wineries Tuesday as wildfires sweep through counties whose famous names have become synonymous with fine food and drink.
At the Gundlach Bundschu in Sonoma County, workers were not sure the grapes above the winery survived a second night of fires that have destroyed at least two wineries and damaged more.