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08/28/14

The weather this season has been friendly to Lake County wine grape growers, reports David Weiss. His company, Bella Vista Farming Company, LLC, based in Kelseyville, Calif., manages about 730 acres of wine grapes, primarily Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon

08/28/14

Anyone who has visited the Napa Valley knows that this is a special place. Having lived here for three and a half years, I have come to learn first-hand what makes this place truly special: This valley is not about wine; it is about hospitality. It is about sharing the bounty of what we have - wine, food, our homes - with our friends, neighbors and people who come to visit.

08/28/14

Plus, researchers examine link between wine and irregular heartbeat, and a French lab finds toxins in vats

08/28/14

Pennsylvania's liquor law reformers, having all but given up on a dismantling of the state-run retail liquor monopoly in the current legislative term, are turning to a series of smaller goals for the few, election-season voting days left in the 2013-14 session.

08/28/14

Judging wine isn't as precise a process as you might imagine. I've long written about how context plays such a vital role in how we all perceive wine. But it's hard to imagine how it affects those who review wine for a living.

08/28/14

"It's the location of the vineyard-the ones up north got hurt a little more than the ones in southern Minnesota."

08/28/14

A letter taped on the business' front doors, which is dated August 25, says the shopping center where the restaurant is located was foreclosed on, and the restaurant's lease was canceled.

08/28/14

MyNorth's Sig Steiger talked to Shady Lane Cellars general manager and winemaker Adam Satchwell to pick his brain about the new outdoor tasting room, as well as learn about Shady Lanes' latest awards and upcoming events.

08/28/14

Bonobo Winery is among three local businesses to receive USDA grants to reimburse production expenses. The grant from the USDA's Value-Added Producer program will reimburse the winery up to $200,000 for costs related to making, packaging, selling or marketing the wine.

08/28/14

Oregon winemakers are looking at what happened during the recent earthquake in Napa because they know it could happen here, too. Like many of the Oregon vineyards, Rex Hill Winery in Newberg faces some unique challenges. The owners have an older building, which they improved to make it safer. And they have winery space built recently which is up to a tougher code for seismic safety.

08/28/14

Community members are practicing their grape stomping abilities for a good cause. The annual Harvest Fest is taking place Saturday at Jacobs Winery in Kirksville.

08/28/14

Canada's premiers are in Charlottetown for their annual Council of the Federation meeting and once again the apparently catastrophic issue of interprovincial trade barriers ranks high on the agenda. Most premiers would rather talk about a real problem, like lack of infrastructure money, but western provinces and the federal government see their moment to change the conversation for reasons no one is being honest about.

08/28/14

The Nova Scotia Wine Development Board will highlight opportunities, identify barriers and provide advice on legislation, regulation and policy development. Agriculture Minister Keith Colwell will lead the board, which will also include representatives of the province's farm wineries, grape growers and support services.

08/28/14

Economic Development and Infrastructure Minister Brad Duguid extended an olive branch to the Prairie province, which is threatening to impose retaliatory trade barriers on Ontario if it doesn't scrap rules that give local companies a head start when bidding on infrastructure projects.

08/28/14

Brown-Forman has reported an underlying net sales increase of 3% to $921 million across its global business for its first quarter ended July 31, but saw growth in the U.S. slow owing to a particularly strong comparable period a year ago. Underlying operating income rose 7% to $221 million.

08/28/14

The second quarter brought mixed results for public restaurant chains across the country with only a few high-flying brands standing out from the crowd

08/28/14

Tom Corbett would no doubt like to shore up his female support before the election. One way he could do it: Pointing out his support of liquor law reform! Sure, that doesn't seem like a women's issue, particularly, but it's something a lot of Pennsylvanians support

08/28/14

A town on the Utah-Arizona border largely controlled by Warren Jeffs' polygamous sect moved closer to opening its first commercial winery, a new venture and a signal of yet another lifestyle choice that separates the sect from mainstream Mormon teachings

08/28/14

A New Mexico winery has been awarded a $50,000 grant from the federal government to expand production of its chile-infused wines

08/28/14

"Garlic wine," says Jason Goelz, proprietor of Jason-Stephens, one of Santa Clara Valley's New Wave wineries, "does not sound appealing in any way."

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