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03/07/14

It comes amid ongoing consolidation in the supermarket industry, which is facing growing competition from big-box retailers, specialty chains, drug stores and even dollar stores. Kroger Co., a key competitor, recently snapped up regional chain Harris Teeter.

03/07/14

The year continues to be disappointing for the restaurant industry as February again resulted in negative same-store sales, according to The Restaurant Industry Snapshot released this week by Black Box Intelligence and People Report

03/07/14

Jackson Family Wines' president Rick Tigner sprung to prominence in the US through appearing on reality TV show 'Undercover Boss'. But, away from the bright lights of TV-world, the 52 year-old remains focussed, both domestically and globally, on the California-based company he leads. Here, just-drinks' deputy-editor James Wilmore talks to Tigner about working for America's other famous Jackson family.

03/07/14

Among a slate of upcoming initiatives, the winery will release a new Gold Label Cabernet at $40 a bottle around May 1. It's also prepping a batch of high-end single-block wines from its Olive Hill Estate Vineyard

03/07/14

The Rhone Rangers are moving across the San Francisco Bay to the historic Craneway Pavilion at Ford Point for the 17th annual Bay Area Grand Tasting on Sunday, April 6

03/07/14

Prominent biodynamic Willamette Valley winery appoints Jessica Pierce to Director of Wine Education and Communications position. Bringing a vast amount of international experience in all aspects of the wine and food worlds to the post, she will focus on bringing the Brooks message to trade and consumers.

03/07/14

In recent decades, crops exported from San Joaquin County have thrived. The wine, almond, walnut and other industries have boomed. New programs have been adopted that create safer environments for workers and educate students about the food in their fridges.

03/07/14

The numbers are in, and Washington state can now officially boast of what many predicted as grapes tumbled into the presses last fall: a record harvest, tipping the scales at 210,000 tons.

03/07/14

California desperately needs the water. Many farms in the San Joaquin Valley and probably other places will not be able to grow their crops this year because they don't have the water they need to irrigate their crops.

03/07/14

The goal of the campaign is to educate consumers on what makes Finger Lakes dry rosés distinct. Consumers are invited to explore the dry rosés produced at a host of participating wineries and to take advantage of special promotions.

03/07/14

The salon bills itself as a "rendez-vous with the new generation of wines from Bordeaux and south-west France", and although I am obviously biased in this respect I reckon the region - if you include everything from Cognac in the Charente down to Jurançon in the foothills of the Pyrenees - deserves to be showcased outside the broader context of Vinexpo. So this is a bit like Vinisud, really.

03/07/14

Xavier Court, Co-Founder of Vente-Privee, discusses the UK launch of their sites wine section. He speaks on Bloomberg Television's "The Pulse."

03/07/14

The grapes in Nick and Andy Peay's vineyards are in a precarious state most of the time. Quivering on the edge of the San Andreas Fault, shrouded in hours of chilly fog and subjected to steady Pacific breezes, it's a wonder these grapes can ripen at all.

03/07/14

The state's scrappy wine industry is on a serious roll. It now boasts 50 wineries, located primarily in the Snake River Valley west of Boise.

03/07/14

Kansas currently permits groceries and convenience stores to sell only weak "3-2" beer. The bill would let them start selling stronger beer in 2017, wine by 2020, and liquor by 2024.

03/07/14

There are currently almost 90 licensed and bonded wineries in Arizona, some of which buy grapes and make wine; others grow grapes and sell to winemakers; and there are a few who grow and produce wine in their own facilities. In any of these cases, the producers of Arizona wine are no doubt happy with this week's passage of SB 1397, nicknamed the Liquor Omnibus.

03/07/14

The VQA Promoters Awards for 2014 were announced Saturday at the "experts tasting" hosted by Brock's Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute.

03/07/14

After announcing in 2013 that British Columbians may soon be able to buy alcohol with their groceries, the provincial government outlined today (March 6) its plan for grocery store liquor sales. The B.C. government is moving to implement a two-part model that will be in place by early 2015.

03/07/14

The B.C. government is permitting beer, spirits and wine to be sold in local grocery stores through separate cashiers by 2015. B.C. Justice Minister Suzanne Anton says expanded liquor sales will also be allowed in other places.

03/07/14

Three family-owned US wine firms have united to launch a new company to boost sales of their brands.

03/07/14

For every bottle of Terra FOSSIL wine sold at Oliver's for $9.95, the winery will donate $1 and Oliver's will donate $1 to the scholarship departments of SSU and SRJC.

03/07/14

Relief may be on the way for a weather-weary United States with the predicted warming of the central Pacific Ocean brewing this year that will likely change weather worldwide. But it won't be for the better everywhere.

03/07/14

Economic activity over the past month and a half, the report found, continued to expand, but growth was for the most part "modest to moderate," slowing in sectors such as retail, and some parts of the country-even declining slightly in New York and Philadelphia. The "unusually severe weather" in much of the country, the Fed says, is largely to blame-it kept people off the roads, out of car lots and away from malls (unless, of course, they sought shelter there), it delayed construction jobs and it fouled supply chains and business trips and vacation plans.

03/07/14

Vineyards that have been on the market for years are starting to sell as buyers gain confidence in the wine industry again, Marlborough real estate agents say. Bayleys Marlborough agent Tim Crawford said the company had sold 12 vineyards in the past year.

03/07/14

Champagne is surrounded by so much branding, marketing speak and generally outrageous luxury that it's easy to be either seduced or dismissive. The 20 or so Grandes Marques, the large houses that make up much of the market, do such an excellent job of promoting their wines that even a teetotaler would be hard pressed not to name one when asked.

03/07/14

In what is perhaps the strongest evidence yet of wine's power to unite, fans of upper-crusty period drama "Downton Abbey," sci-fi classic "Star Trek" and the proudly down home show "Duck Dynasty" can all buy wines bottled under license to their favorite show.

03/07/14

A Canadian beverage company is set to launch a new protein-filled ale marketed as a post workout sports drink.

03/07/14

Dave McIntyre recommends an "earthy" Tannat from Uruguay, while Michael Dresser highlights a "luxurious" Port favoured by former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill.

03/07/14

In a classic case of a bad consequence to an otherwise-good idea, 14 acres of Californian vineyard planted in the 1880?s are at risk of being bulldozed in the course of environmental restoration

03/07/14

A new book published in France this week has singled out the Saint Emilion classification of 2012 as "illustrative" of many problems with wine in France.

03/07/14

A plant pigment found in red grapes and wine could reduce the symptoms of a rare childhood muscle disease.

03/07/14

The USDA has released a preliminary report on the 2012 Census of Agriculture. The full report will reach the public in May. The preliminary data provides "a snapshot of a strong rural America that has remained stable during difficult economic times," said Tom Vilsack, Agriculture Secretary.

03/07/14

Certainly, Red Mountain and the Walla Walla Valley have emerged as Washington's trendiest wine regions, but the Horse Heaven Hills is the state's future, and it's already flexing its muscles.

03/07/14

Ohio's beer and wine wholesalers contributed to the campaign funds of 79 state lawmakers around the time the legislature covertly rushed through a bill blocking the world's largest brewer from acquiring more distributorships in the state, Northeast Ohio Media Group has found

03/07/14

An American dream realized

03/07/14

Attention has now switched to ground generators that cause tiny particles of silver iodide or copper acetylacetone to rise to the clouds above, where they stop the formation of hail stones