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03/04/14
Wine in grocery stores passes Tenn. legislature
Wine drinkers moved closer to being able to pick up a bottle of their favorite at their neighborhood supermarket, as state lawmakers agreed Monday night to lift restrictions on sales in food stores. The Tennessee Senate voted to send wine-in-grocery stores legislation to Gov. Bill Haslam for signature, capping an often difficult seven-year debate that pitted grocery stores and their wine-loving customers against small business liquor store owners and the powerful distributors who have controlled alcohol sales in the state since the end of Prohibition.
03/04/14
Tennessee's supermarket wine sales bill headed to governor
Gov. Bill Haslam's stance on the issue has warmed since the 2010 governor's race, when he expressed reservations about the proposal that would directly affect the Pilot Flying J truck stop chain owned by the Haslam family
03/03/14
Wine in Tennessee grocery stores faces final vote
Senate is scheduled to vote tonight
02/28/14
Florida Retail Leader Charles Bailes Responds To The Walmart Challenge
After the recent introduction of two new bills in the Florida legislature that would allow spirits to be sold alongside wine and beer in supermarkets and retail stores, Florida's independent retailers are seeing the move as a call to arms. The two new proposals, in the Senate (SB804) and the House of Representatives (HB877), are being supported by Walmart and opposed by the Florida Independent Spirits Association
02/26/14
Wine bill hits wall in West Virginia
A bill that would allow for wine sales at NCAA Division I athletic stadiums in West Virginia, meaning Milan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown, failed to make it out of the Senate Finance Committee before a Monday deadline.
02/26/14
Editorial: Closing of pioneering winery Westbend Vineyards in North Carolina will leave a void
Today, more than 100 wineries in North Carolina make some or all of their wines with European grapes, many with distinction.
02/26/14
Bill proposed to allow liquor sales in grocery stores in Florida
The bill is still making its way through committee. No clear date has been set for a vote.
02/25/14
Jovial Paula Deen draws supportive crowd at Florida wine and food festival
Known as "the Queen of Southern cuisine," Deen has sold over 8 million copies of her 14 cookbooks
02/25/14
AL: Local bill would give Montgomery Co. wine distributors same protection as beer distributors
The House Montgomery County Legislation Committee on Monday passed two bills, including one that would give wine distributors doing business in Montgomery County the same protection beer distributors have.
02/21/14
TN: House approval of wine bill not the last hurdle
The Tennessee House of Representatives passed a bill Thursday that would let grocery stores sell wine, in perhaps the biggest overhaul of the state's liquor laws since the end of Prohibition.
02/20/14
Alaska and Alabama are taxing booze hard
They are the only states that claim a spot among the top five with the highest excise taxes each for beer, wine and spirits, according to the free market-oriented Tax Foundation.
02/20/14
West Virginia: The wine and cheese (Mountaineer) crowd?
Wine could be an option for Mountaineer football fans this fall in a bill being considered by state lawmakers. The state Senate Judiciary Committee approved a measure Wednesday afternoon that would allow wine sales at NCAA Division I athletic stadiums in West Virginia.
02/20/14
TN: House to vote on wine in grocery stores today
The Tennessee House of Representatives is expected to vote this morning on legislation that would let supermarkets, convenience stores and big-box retailers sell wine.
02/19/14
VA: Bill to Promote Agriculture-Based Tourism Passes Through General Assembly
Both bills aim to do the same thing: allow agriculture- and forestry-based businesses - like tree, flower, nut, fruit or vegetable farms - to host agritourism events without being restricted by localities. The bill stipulates any agritourism activities must not create a "substantial impact on the health, safety, or general welfare of the public."
02/19/14
Grape growers conference planned
The 4th Annual Grape Growers Conference will be held Tuesday at the Madison County Cooperative Extension Office in Marshall. The conference will include information on how to grow grapes, how to sell grapes, winemaking chemistry, how to make home-made wines and some of the many value-added products that can be made from grapes.
02/17/14
NC: Local vineyard wins prestigious state award
Ever since Ken Craven decided to spend his retirement years operating a vineyard, there have been plenty of days he wondered whether he'd made the right decision.
02/14/14
Deadly winter storm paralyzes South, blasts Northeast
The storm is just the latest in a series of wintry blasts across much of the eastern half of the nation. And this one was taking a severe toll: At least 20 deaths, mostly in traffic accidents, were blamed on the weather, and hundreds of thousands of people remained without power Thursday.
02/14/14
Sheriff: No suicide note or confession in Striker case
A Tennessee winery owner shot his two teenage children then shot and killed himself at the family's winery in McMinn County on Wednesday afternoon, according to McMinn County Sheriff Joe Guy
02/14/14
Storm Was Mid-Atlantic Region's 9th Biggest
The snowfall at Dulles included 11.7 inches on Thursday alone. That broke the 24-hour record for that date of 3 inches set in 1992
02/13/14
Athens, Tenn Winery owner wounds children, kills self
multiple sources said Stanley Striker shot his two minor children and then himself inside the family business, Striker's Premium Winery near exit 49 off Interstate 75
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