While Oregon wine-and American wine making generally-has been associated with countryside vineyards and, in our case, pinot, a new generation of vintners are reclaiming the viability of executing these operations within city limits, joining the fray of neighborhood farmers markets, breweries, honeys, butchers, and whatnots that make Portland life so delectable.
With smooth labels and prices high enough to carry a hint of snob value, a new crop of young winemakers is planning to provide something hip to Mexico's young, upwardly mobile middle class. In a land where about 1m new beer drinkers come of age each year and where tequila is sipped lovingly, this is a tough sell.
Faced with a daunting 975 wines to taste and score in just three days, judges at the Sonoma County Harvest Fair Wine Competition on Wednesday quickly resumed their yearly ritual of politically correct discord - agreeing to disagree.
Chris Niccol grows about 18 hectares of red wine grapes at his farm in Badgerys Creek, about 30 miles (48 kilometers) west of Sydney. The vineyard may disappear under tarmac if plans to build an airport at the site go ahead.
Premier Kathleen Wynne may uncork a surprise for fans of Ontario's craft wines. Wynne suggests it is time to loosen Ontario restrictive laws around booze sales in order to boost the province's wine industry.
Plympton-Wyoming council has passed a bylaw for an area wide tourism exemption under the Retail Business Holidays Act. The exemption will allow retail businesses in the Town of Plympton-Wyoming to stay open voluntarily on five of nine statutory holidays (Family Day, Victoria Day, Canada Day, Labour Day and Thanksgiving Day).
The wranglers, a group of inmates who breed monarch butterflies at the prison as part of a Washington State University migratory research project, have taken on a new task to aid the state's wine grape growers: counting mites and insects on grape leaves to provide up-to-date information about pests and their predators.
The state's longest running wine festival is helping to launch the state's newest festival. The Village of Elgin Winery will hold its 31st Harvesting of the Vine Festival this weekend. In November the winery will help Tombstone Wine Works host its inaugural Tombstone Festival of the Vine.
Gusbourne Estate, a vineyard in southeast England seeking to cash in on growing demand for U.K. sparkling wine, is planning to triple its area under vine and build its own winery following a change in ownership.
Treasury Wine Estates has rejected reports the company faces a new problem of excess inventory in the China market, as luxury goods companies worldwide feel the impact of Chinese Government austerity measures.
With its continued double-digit gains, craft beer is popular with U.S. beer wholesalers these days, particularly in light of the struggles faced by mainstream domestic brews. Craft's higher margins are a welcome addition, helping to offset rising costs and shrinking margins from lower-priced brands. But wholesalers concede that the thriving craft category has its challenges
Constellation Brands has installed a new Tetra Pak bottling line for its Vendange wine brand as part of a wider $20m winery investment and says it is doing so to support growth for this key brand as well as Black Box and Rex Goliath.