Mobile commerce sales were up 100% year over year for the weekend at e-retailer Wine.com Inc., and 22% of total sales for the period ranging from Thanksgiving Day through Cyber Monday came through Wine.com's m-commerce site, its iPad app and through customers shopping the Wine.com e-commerce site on a tablet.
Now in its sixth year of publication, the list has grown to become a benchmark for illustrating major online wine purchasing trends - and is now an indicator of what people are actually drinking throughout the year.
In a move that Santa Clara County says will help spur local "agri-tourism," the county board of supervisors on Tuesday unanimously voted to overhaul regulations governing local wineries and the events that they put on.
"The damage has been done," Mr. Stroskin said. He has promised to "rebuild an identical Bellevue" including the château's grand hall, which could hold up to 200 people. A Polish architect has already drawn up plans and local masons have received a €1.5-million ($1.9-million) contract to rebuild it over two years.
Owned by Yvonne and Kevin Ford, Red Heifer will be opened four days a week through the end of December and then Saturdays and Sundays only through the first couple months of 2013. It will join Knob Hall and soon-to-open Big Cork Winery to form the Antietam Highlands Wine Trail.
The founders of Vancouver Urban Winery, a cool multi-function space with a tasting bar introduced a new idea to Vancouver earlier this year - importing good wines in bulk and packaging them locally. First, they put wines in kegs for a wine-on-tap trade they started.
Wine and spirit sales volumes have fallen in the last year, according to the Wine and Spirit Trade Association Market Report. Total alcohol sales fell 2 percent in the off trade and 3 percent in the on-trade.
In a study that's bound to be popular with red wine drinkers, British researchers from the University of Leicester have found that resveratrol, a chemical found in the popular beverage, could reduce the risk of cancer.
Irish Finance Minister Michael Noonan said he is confident that the country can return to the bond markets as he reins in the European Union's biggest budget deficit by taxing wine drinkers and mansion owners.
The chairman of the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board has launched an internal investigation to find out why our state is spending money to promote a certain kind of wine made in California. This, while many wineries in Pennsylvania get no help from the L.C.B. at all.
Under these agreements, Johnson Brothers will continue as the exclusive distributor for the Diageo portfolio of wines and spirits in North Dakota and South Dakota. They will also continue as the exclusive distributor for Diageo wines in Minnesota. United Brokerage will continue as the exclusive broker for Diageo Spirits in Minnesota.
What has the agricultural law community talking, however, is the planting of seeds not "saved" by the farmer from the previous growing season, but rather the purchase of soybeans from a grain elevator (known as "commodity seed") and the subsequent planting of those seeds.