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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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