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03/11/14
Massachusetts House okays bill to allow retail alcohol sales on Sundays
On voice vote and without debate, the House last Wednesday approved a bill (H 228) that would legalize Sunday morning alcohol sales starting at 10 a.m. - two hours earlier than allowed under current law
03/11/14
Could Pa. benefit from 'border bleed' when others come here to buy booze?
But it seems neighboring states are also losing customers to Pennsylvania
03/11/14
Penns Woods Winery celebrating coast-to-coast accolades
Last week seemed to bring a heavy dose of contest results, and those can be particularly gratifying when they bring with them a number of awards
03/11/14
York County wineries see big boost in March
This month a lot more customers walk through the doors at Moon Dancer Vineyards & Winery
03/10/14
NH delays enforcing liquor warehouse pact
The 20-year, $200 million pact between the NHLC and the new vendor, Exel Logistics of Westerville, Ohio, requires that each week Exel will prepare a written status report ...
03/10/14
Following deep freeze, Gillibrand seeks relief for upstate NY grape growers, vineyards
This winter's plethora of deep freezes have not been good to New York's grape growers and vineyards
03/07/14
Finger Lakes wineries launch second 'Discover Dry Rose" promotion
The goal of the campaign is to educate consumers on what makes Finger Lakes dry rosés distinct. Consumers are invited to explore the dry rosés produced at a host of participating wineries and to take advantage of special promotions.
03/06/14
EWE Honors Vinifera Wine Cellars
Four generations of the Frank family, owners of the Dr. Konstantin Frank Vinifera Wine Cellars in Hammondsport, N.Y., were the recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Eastern Winery Exposition's Industry Celebration Dinner on Tuesday in Lancaster. In announcing the award, EWE program director Richard Leahy acknowledged that for the first time the award was being presented "not to a person, but to an institution."
03/06/14
PA Governor Corbett says work ongoing on liquor privatization
Governor's proposal to phase out state liquor stores hasn't been able to pass through Legislature
03/05/14
New pricing rules could mean more Pa wines in state stores
You may soon be able to enjoy your favorite Pennsylvania wines without having to travel to a winery or pay expensive shipping. The reason: the State Liquor Control Board has changed some of their pricing rules for Pennsylvania wine makers.
03/04/14
Bill would allow wine shipments in Rhode Island
Rhode Islanders could have wine shipped directly to their door under legislation pending before state lawmakers. The bill would allow wineries and wine retailers to ship up to 24 cases of wine a year to any resident aged 21 or older.
03/03/14
New York's Senior US. Senator calls for grape assistance
Area wine grape growers are bracing for a severely damaged crop this year, resulting in New York state's senior senator to call upon the U.S. Department of Agriculture to provide disaster assistance for those growers who need it. Senator Charles Schumer paid a visit to 21 Brix Winery in Portland Feb. 18, where he announced funding to offset hardship costs may immediately be made available to grape farmers across the state, including Chautauqua County.
03/03/14
Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board Returns More Than $2 Million in Licensing Fees to Local Communities
The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board today announced the return of approximately $2.1 million in licensing fees to 1,135 municipalities in which licensees are located. "As required by the Liquor Code, twice a year we return the fees paid by licensees to those municipalities that have liquor licenses in them," said PLCB Chairman Joseph E. Brion. "The municipalities receiving the funds have the flexibility to use the money as needed to benefit their citizens."
03/03/14
Knowledge of trendy booze is important for North Jersey wine and liquor stores
North Jersey independent wine and liquor store owners face tough competition from larger retailers, but the real challenge for their businesses, they say, is staying up to date with the constantly changing palates of their customers
02/28/14
Wine expo's announced move to take central New York's temperature
Maybe the most significant part of the announcement wasn't that the Eastern Winery Exposition will be moving to Syracuse, N.Y., in mid-March 2015 but that it will be returning to Lancaster, Pa., in 2016. "I think the potential is great to have a really good event that will attract people who are coming now . . . and attract a lot of people who aren't coming because of the distance," show manager Bob Mignarri said by phone Wednesday afternoon.
02/28/14
A Storm Washes Away Old Attitudes on Wine: the River Café, a radiant portal to fairy-tale New York City, is aglitter again
When Hurricane Sandy sent the East River surging in October 2012, Buzzy O'Keeffe, the owner of the River Café, ordered his staff to open the doors. By letting the water go through his restaurant, which is on a barge at Fulton Ferry Landing, he believes he saved it from sinking under the weight of the flooding. Even so, the River Café was ravaged. ...
02/28/14
No more whine stores in Pennsylvania
For years, state-store workers have enjoyed one of the least flattering customer-service reputations in all of Pennsylvania, up there with PennDOT and Comcast on the medal podium of benign consumer ire. The LCB, well-aware of this distinction, has been making aggressive changes to its training over the past few years to shift the focus to service.
02/26/14
Video: Winter Weather Ravages Some Erie PA Wine Grape Crops
The wintry weather has ravaged some grape crops in Erie County, forcing some area growers to regroup. Arrowhead Wine Cellars is working to pick up the pieces… And with spring still weeks away, it's a difficult task.
02/25/14
News from the New York Wine & Grape Foundation
Wine as economic engine, Wolffer wine praised, proactive relief from winter damage, good news from the State Fair, and more happening in New York wine country.
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