Current weather forecasts predict the San Joaquin Valley may experience alternating periods of cool and warm temperatures in the next few weeks. Such conditions may lead to the development of weather-related disorder known as "spring fever."
As the economy continues to improve, beverage alcohol sales are also on the rise. But not all categories are feeling relief. According to the Beverage Information Group's Handbook Advance 2012, spirits and wine persisted in taking share away from the beer category in 2011, the only category to post a loss for the second year in a row.
Alabama has made some changes in how lobbyists do business in Montgomery, but if you think they are not still powerful, consider the fate of a bill to let small wine producers self-market their products.
Hip young sommeliers are pushing sweet and off-dry wines at high-end restaurants. In wine-geek circles, Rieslings and gewurztraminers and Tokaji and sweeter styles of Madeira and sherry are all the rage.
Impact Databank's exclusive analysis of the top 10 imported sparkling wines in the U.S. market finds that Italian wines continue to be the biggest volume drivers in this rising segment. Total imported sparkling wine shipments to the U.S. increased 19.7% to 7.65 million cases in 2011.
Oddbins creditors still haven't got any money back after the company went into administration and, while "preferential" suppliers will recover all monies owed, unsecured creditors will get just 1p in the £1 back, a creditors' report has revealed.