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07/31/14

The Rutherford County Election Commission notified Red White and Food that the required number of signatures have been turned in to hold a referendum on the Nov. 4 ballot, according to the press release from McNeely, Pigott & Fox.

07/31/14

Voters in Kingsport and Bristol will have the chance to vote whether or not they want wine to be sold in grocery stores. To get the issues on the ballot in November, each city needs ten percent of voters to sign a petition and there are petitions filed in Kingsport, Bristol, Church Hill, Elizabethton, Unicoi and Johnson City and according to Sullivan County Administrator of Elections Jason Booher, the signatures are in for 2 cities in the county, "

07/31/14

Craft beer gets plenty of attention and promotion in North Carolina. But the state also has a lively wine scene that is constantly adding new players of all sizes. The mountains are home to more than a dozen wineries, including America's most-visited (Biltmore in Asheville) and the nation's smallest (Calaboose Cellars in Andrews, with just 300 square feet).

07/30/14

A new report just released, is aiming to develop a strategic plan to help grow the industry by focusing on things like funding, marketing and increasing consumer confidence. This plan is something local growers see as a move in the right direction.

07/30/14

In a county with three wineries and a meadery, state officials unveiled the Southern Virginia Wine Region road signs at The Homeplace Vineyard in Chatham on Monday. The new signs are part of a continuing Virginia wine region sign program aimed at attracting more visitors to all of Virginia wineries, according to the governor's office. Pittsylvania County native and Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry Todd Haymore unveiled the signs.

07/30/14

Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry Todd Haymore unveiled the Southern Virginia Wine Region road signs this week at The Homeplace Vineyard in Chatham

07/25/14

State revenue officials will allow wine and beer sales by the package on Sunday at retailers inside all Lexington County municipalities if voters countywide OK the step at the Nov. 4 ballot.

07/25/14

Wineries (about 129) in North Carolina outnumber breweries (110). The same is true nationally, with 7,946 wineries (according to the National Association of American Wineries) and more than 2,700 craft breweries (according to the Brewers Association)

07/24/14

City Winery, a restaurant, music venue and fully functioning winery in one, has set an Oct. 1 grand opening date for its Nashville outpost.

07/23/14

Hundreds of people attended the auction at Acres of Land Winery in Madison County.

07/22/14

Larissa Dubose has been selected as the Field Sales Manager for Georgia, along with the Carolinas, Tennessee and Alabama. She will be based in Atlanta.

07/22/14

Melanie Nicolas has been named FSM for Florida, a key market for Hess Family Wine Estates. Most recently she served as a sales representative for Premier Beverage, which represents HFWE.

07/21/14

The campaign to collect signatures supporting wine-in-grocery store sales is still ongoing, but Red White and Food, the nonprofit organization collecting the signatures, announced today that more than 119,000 signatures have been collected statewide.

07/18/14

Purple Toad Winery owner Allen Dossey is pushing for a vote under a new law that allows voters in Lone Oak to choose whether alcohol sales would be permitted on Sundays. McCracken County Commissioners have shot down the idea twice. A local option vote would allow the winery to bypass the commission.

07/15/14

Senate Bill 213, along with many other bills passed by Kentucky's 2014 General Assembly, will officially become law on July 15

07/11/14

One new law going into effect July 15 was initiated by a local winery owner and could benefit wine-sellers in Jessamine County and across the state. Senate Bill 213 was born when state Sen. Tom Buford was approached by First Vineyard owner Tom Beall. Beall explained the difficulties faced by Kentucky winery owners, who are currently unable to sell their product on Sundays. The new law will allow the fiscal court to vote on whether to allow small farm wineries to sell alcohol on Sundays.

07/11/14

AlbariƱo, a white, crisp, lively wine often associated with northwest Spain, is starting to gain a foothold in Virginia. Make that a toehold, but it might not be long before it becomes a go-to grape and wine, especially for wineries in the eastern part of the state.

07/10/14

The Sumner County Election Office has been busy verifying petitions from those who would like to see their city allow the sale of wine in grocery stores

07/09/14

Kroger plans on collecting signatures and addresses of registered voters at more than 35 of its grocery stores this weekend and the weekend following. The petitions must be presented to the election commission by Aug. 21 in order to be on the Nov. 4 general election ballot.

07/09/14

Southern Wine & Spirits made a $30 million gift to the Step up For Students Scholarship Program. The donation is the largest ever for the Jacksonville-based non-profit. Step Up For Students provided more than 16,000 scholarships to Miami-Dade County students in the 2013-14 year. The company's donation will support more than 5,500 scholarships statewide in the coming school year.

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