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03/26/14
Something to Wine About: Forecast is good for 2014 PA vintages
The cold and seemingly endless winter will likely have little effect on the 2014 grape harvest in Lancaster County. According to Mark Chien, viticulture extension educator for the Penn State Cooperative Extension, local wineries still have the potential to have very good 2014 vintages.
03/25/14
Winter Inflicts Damage on Cool-Climate Wine Regions
Growers in New York state, Ontario and the Midwest assess damage to vine buds
03/25/14
Connecticut's oldest winery for sale
Haight-Brown Vineyard, a 9.1-acre winery in Litchfield on the Connecticut Wine Trail, is on the market for $1.475 million. Amy Senew, the owner who put the vineyard at 29 Chestnut Hill Road up for sale, bought the property, consisting of two lots of equal size, with her former husband, Courtney Brown, in 2007. It was established by Sherman Haight, a Litchfield resident, as Haight Vineyard in 1975.
03/25/14
Compromise maybe coming to PA for liquor privatization
Those who want liquor privatization in Pennsylvania have offered a compromise to be negotiated in the state legislature; partial privatization. The compromise will basically allow for the privatization of beer and wine, while only the state run stores could sell the harder liquor, like vodka, whiskey and gin.
03/25/14
Salem Oak Vineyards newest winery to pop cork in region
"It was the Garden State long before anyone knew it would be a vineyard state," Cassidy said.
03/24/14
PA: Spring Gate Vineyard about to become region's newest winery
Spring Gate Vineyard, located in Lower Paxton Township, will open at noon March 28, the culmination of several years of preparation for the midstate native. Schoffstall said they're all but ready, a few loose ends left to tie.
03/24/14
PA: New liquor privatization push emphasizes wine, beer convenience
Supporters of liquor privatization are working on a compromise that would expand wine sales into grocery stores, restaurants and beer distributors but leave state liquor stores with the exclusive right to sell spirits such as whiskey, gin and vodka
03/24/14
Local Mass. Bill Would Allow Sunday Morning Liquor Sales
This month, the House approved the bill that would legalize Sunday morning liquor sales at 10 a.m., rather than noontime. The bill now goes before the Senate Committee on Ethics and Rules.
03/24/14
Pa. liquor officials drank for free
The state Ethics Commission reported last week that Conti and two other top LCB officials accepted tens of thousands of dollars in gifts and entertainment from the wine and liquor companies that do business with the agency, exposing a culture of casual venality made uniquely possible by Pennsylvania's Precambrian approach to alcohol regulation
03/24/14
Pennsylvania Pols Eye Scaled-Down Privatization, Modernization Plans
With recent efforts to privatize Pennsylvania's wine and spirits retail business foundering in the state legislature, governor Tom Corbett and some lawmakers are now exploring new plans that would either partially privatize or simply modernize the current system
03/24/14
Batali & Bastianich Face $500K Fines and Losing Eataly Liquor Licenses
Presumably this is because Bastianich is a wine importer who also sells wine at the restaurants?
03/21/14
The boom in smuggling to avoid cigarette taxes
More than half of the cigarettes sold in New York State are smuggled in from other places to avoid the Empire State's taxes on smokes, which have soared nearly 200 percent since 2006, according to a report issued by the conservative Tax Foundation.
03/21/14
PA: More evidence for private liquor sales
Now that a state Ethics Commission finding against three former Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board officials has blossomed into a full-blown criminal investigation, state lawmakers should consider that the whole matter shouldn't even exist
03/20/14
Petition to overhaul Boston's liquor licensing process addressed at first hearing on Beacon Hill
... petition would eliminate the cap on liquor licenses, turn total control over the licensing process to the Boston Licensing Board, and prioritize licenses for areas of the city that are under-served
03/19/14
Ste. Michelle becomes U.S. importer for Spain's top winery
Spain's largest premium wine producer is teaming up with Washington's largest and oldest wine producer
03/18/14
Vermont Technical College Adds Two New Agriculture Programs
The Summer Diversified Agriculture Program and the Cold Climate Viticulture Series will be offered for the first time this spring and summer. The Cold Climate Viticulture Series is a four-session viticulture and enology program that includes topics in vineyard establishment and management, grape and wine chemistry, and basic wine processing.
03/17/14
Record wine sales from NH Liquor's web ordering
With an innovative new web ordering application leading the way, the New Hampshire Liquor Commission's ninth annual New Hampshire Wine Week was a smashing success, as wine event sales increased by 15 percent compared to the previous year.
03/14/14
Do Restaurants in New York State Cater to "Locapours"
Selling wine in New York City is a longstanding goal of New York State wine producers. Restaurants are a key entry point for exposing New York City consumers to New York wine
03/13/14
Over 1,500 Attend 3rd Annual Eastern Winery Exposition
The third annual Eastern Winery Exposition (EWE) concluded its three-day conference and wine industry exposition with another successful show at over 1,500 total attendance (over 1,000 attendees and 500 exhibitor staff). EWE featured a sold-out trade show with 249 booth spaces with 179 exhibiting companies.
03/11/14
York County wineries see big boost in March
About 20 regional wineries are stops along the tour, which gives customers a passport to a month's worth of weekend events. From noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, guests can taste test, sample food and get a better look at how local wine is made. The tour is hosted by the York County Convention and Visitors Bureau; tickets sell for $25 per person and $15 for designated drivers, and are valid all month.
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