Iowa's wine industry has been growing by leaps and bounds in recent years, prompting an Iowa State University professor to contend that the state has the potential to be a regional leader. Murli Dharmadhikari, director of the Midwest Grape and Wine Industry Institute at Iowa State University, notes that Iowa was home to around 30 wineries and 500 acres of wine grapes a decade ago. Those numbers have soared to 100 wineries covering 1,200 acres today.
With 12 wineries and 16 breweries in the metro area, there's no shortage of locally made drinks to imbibe. But a few things set these Kansas City-made drinks apart from options you can get anywhere else. For the uninitiated, the Kansas City Business Journal talked to local experts about what to expect from local wine and beer.
Blur Parties is partnering with the Nebraska Winery and Grape Growers Association to put on Toast Nebraska. The festival will be held at Mahoney State Park and will feature wines from 17 Nebraska wineries
Those are the findings of an audit released Monday by Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera's office. It looked at the ATC's regulation of alcohol beverage outlets for three budget years from 2011 through 2013
Its members may be in the liquor business, but the Minnesota Licensed Beverage Association might as well be a teetotaler when it comes to increased competition, says one player entering the Twin Cities market. The powerful trade association and lobbying group representing big and small liquor license holders is trying to prevent Minnesota from becoming the 16th state with Total Wine & More superstores.
The bill: House Bill 830 was introduced by Rep. Bryan Adams, R-Gretna, who is also a member of the House Judiciary Committee. It allows wine to come in 20-liter and 19 and five-tenths-liter containers when sold in or shipped to Louisiana. Currently, the largest wine container is 18 liters. The bill also allows 500 milliliters containers of wine to be shipped or sold in Louisiana, another size that is currently not available.
The proposed bill would allow existing liquor licenses to be classified as Class "A" starting in July of this year.
This means in July 2016 they could sell Tobacco and Groceries, as long as it does not take up more than 15% of the stores' space.
Total Wine & More will open its first Minnesota store in Roseville on March 13, but it's continuing to battle opposition in Bloomington. And Co-founder David Trone doesn't hide his disdain for the liquor-store owners he says are blocking that expansion.
"Wines With a Conscience" is the festival's focus this year, and proceeds will benefit the Colorado Springs Conservatory, which provides performing arts training to students ages 4 to 19. The fundraiser earns about $50,000 to $100,000 each year, says Elizabeth Youngquist, chairperson of the festival.
The Nebraska Grape and Winery Board is seeking grant proposals from individual growers, farm wineries, organizations, industry groups or academic institutions that aim to assist in the betterment of Nebraska's grape and wine industry. The board's goal is to fund meaningful projects that have the highest likelihood of significant, positive impact on grape and wine production in Nebraska.
A tax credit currently offered to wineries would also be extended to microbreweries and distilleries under a bill sponsored by State Rep. Bart Korman, R-High Hill. Korman said he is not a big fan of tax credits, but he said this could help grow the area's microbrewery and distillery economy.