Oregon's liquor board gave the go-ahead Thursday for any state liquor outlet to sell beer and wine along with booze if the agent wants to and can get the necessary licenses. The move is part of an overall effort by the Oregon Liquor Control Commission to loosen, or "modernize," state liquor sales in light of changing consumer tastes and a push for privatization.
The wine industry has taken root in Iowa. From 2002 to 2012, the number of licensed and operating wineries grew from 18 to 101. The growth was due, in part, to tax credits offered to start up wine makers.
Launched in 2009 in collaboration with the Verde Valley Wine Consortium and the Cottonwood Chamber of Commerce, the program offers certificates in viticulture, focusing on the science, production and study of grapes, and in enology, the study of wine and winemaking.
Nearly $12,000 in scholarships has been awarded by the Washington Wine Industry Foundation to eight students hoping to join the Washington wine industry following their studies in grape and wine related fields.
The council's public safety committee members said at a recent meeting that they believe there is a correlation between crime and late-night liquor sales. They recommended that the full council vote to cut off all liquor sales at 2 a.m.
New packaging for Geyser Peak wines debuted in July and will continue to roll-out during the fall, and the winery's product line has been reorganized to include new wines in the luxury and ultra-premium categories as well as the introduction of Pinot Noir to its core tier of wines.
Even though the heat was closing in on 100 degrees, Rutherford and Yountville still produced a great Napa Valley blend last weekend as supporters for mental health and fans of country music star Tim McGraw sallied up more than $2.8 million to benefit mental health research.