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04/02/14
Why no wine online in Mass.?
"The fear is that if customers can order wine online and have it shipped to their homes, they'll stop doing business at their local package store." Of course, by that logic legislators should prohibit Massachusetts consumers from having anything delivered to them from out of state that they could buy from a local dealer
04/01/14
How the wine industry spread across New York state and grew into a $4.8 billion business (maps)
A new set of maps (below right) produced for the New York Wine & Grape Foundation shows the enormous increase in the number of wineries since 1976, and, perhaps even more remarkably, how they've spread across the state
04/01/14
Agricultural disaster declared in New York
The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has declared an "agricultural disaster" in 19 upstate New York counties following a "long and bitter" cold winter.
03/31/14
Cornell Shows Off New Teaching Winery
Cornell University is giving the New York wine and grape industry a peek at its new teaching winery. Located on the ground floor of the newly constructed research tower addition to Stocking Hall-long the home of the Department of Food Science at Cornell-the 3,900-square-foot winery is equipped with a range of small-scale winemaking equipment specifically selected to facilitate the teaching of different winemaking processes to undergraduates using small lot sizes. This month members of the state's wine industry traveled to Ithaca to tour the facility.
03/28/14
"Grape Disaster" Declared For Finger Lakes Wine Region
The declaration will help grape growers in the upstate region get critical relief. Now they will be eligible for emergency loans and recovery aid funds from the U.S. Farm Service Agency. The designation primarily covers Cattaraugus, Cayuga, Chautauqua, Oswego and Yates counties.
03/28/14
Would You Drink Wine Grown in Brooklyn?
Devin Shomaker, 29, was enrolled in Finger Lakes Community College in a viticulture and wine technology program last year when he got the idea to start the first vineyard in the borough. He was able to establish a 50-vine vineyard on his brother Thomas' Windsor Terrace rooftop in May 2013, which served as the test site for their new label, Rooftop Reds.
03/27/14
Jones Winery gets help to expand its production facility
The Jones Winery has been awarded a $25,000 grant to help expand their wine production facility. The winery is part of the long-time Jones Family Farms in Shelton
03/27/14
Former NFL Star Drew Bledsoe To Visit Maximum Beverage
He'll be in Farmington from 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m., folllowed by a visit to the West Hartford store from 1:30 p.m. to 3:15 p.m
03/26/14
New York City's Eataly wine store to close in liquor-license dispute
Chef Mario Batali agrees to settle charges brought by the State Liquor Authority. The closure will last six months and include the payment of a half-million dollar fine.
03/26/14
Mark Chien's announced departure a significant loss for Pennsylvania wine
Chien has been the viticulture educator for the Penn State Cooperative Extension since 2000, and with each passing year had more influence in the type and quality of wine grown in the region than anyone I've met since starting this blog almost six years ago. He truly became a friend not only to those who grow grapes in Pennsylvania, but throughout the region.
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
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