"We've gotten more stacked up over the past couple of weeks, with schedules all over the place," said Beth Frisher, manager of business development and international marketing at the Port of Oakland. The "snowball effect" from Southern California, she said, has "had collateral impacts up the coast."
American beer sales have been trending downwards in recent years. After peaking at nearly 219 million barrels in 2008, total U.S. shipments have declined since, reaching just 211.7 million barrels in 2013.
Picking the perfect bottle of wine at the store or in a restaurant is often a confusing, complicated and potentially embarrassing task, but a slew of new smartphone apps are making it easier - and making drinking wine even more of a pleasure
Chinese buying is underpinning a nascent recovery in Bordeaux wine-estate prices, boosting demand for mid-level vineyards while top properties have rebounded to levels last seen in 2000, according to broker Michael Baynes
To cool their concerns, winemakers are enlisting the help of everything from a special sunscreen for grapes and pre-heat-wave microsprays to sensors that can be controlled remotely for smarter farming.