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10/17/14

As part of a plan to close a $2.4 billion gap in the two-year budget, Gov. Terry McAuliffe has directed the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control to hike the costs of liquor

10/16/14

OpenTable, the online restaurant reservation source, announced this year's 2014 Diners' Choice Award winners for the Top 100 Wine Lists in America. Naturally, the overall winner was America's largest wine-producing region, California, with 16 awards. What is surprising is this year's strong showing from Midwestern and Southern states, where wine does not grow in abundance. This year's second place ranking goes to Ohio with a total of 12 restaurant awards. Maryland follows closely behind with a total of eight award-winning restaurants.

10/14/14

The Tennessee Legislature voted in February to allow grocery stores to sell wine, but only after individual communities hold their own referendums. In 78 cities (including Nashville) where enough signatures were collected, those referendums are slated for November 4.

10/14/14

.... late last week the Beer Industry of Florida (BIF), an association representing MillerCoors and other craft beer distributors, announced it was forming a coalition of distributors to support legislation allowing 64-ounce growlers - "no strings attached."

10/10/14

Proponents of Tennessee grocery stores' ability to sell wine say they're gearing up for the Nov. 4 election where voters in Chattanooga, Signal Mountain and dozens of other communities will decide the issue on local referendums.

10/10/14

Wilmington's Planning Commission gave its unanimous support Wednesday to a city code change that would distinguish wine shops from nightclubs, in effect allowing such businesses in more parts of the city. The proposal will now go to the city council for approval.

10/10/14

"We feel so blessed to be the stewards of the New Kent Winery," Jo Anna Dombroski said Wednesday. She and her husband, Joe Dombroski, have visited hundreds of wineries around the world. And they have traveled nearly every dirt road in Virginia looking at wineries and land to plant grape vines, she said.

10/09/14

Loudoun's booming winery scene has been a boon for area musicians, giving them new outlets and new audiences. For a musician, an enjoyable Sunday afternoon can lead to a growing fan base. For wineries, a great weekend music lineup is a way to expand clientele and keep guests hanging out longer.

10/09/14

"We feel so blessed to be the stewards of the New Kent Winery," Jo Anna Dombroski said Wednesday.

10/03/14

Dennis Horton of Horton Vineyards is the quintessential tinkerer. His 1992 viognier ignited the Virginia wine industry, to the point that viognier is now the official state wine grape. But he didn't stop there. He also brought the Norton grape back from Missouri to its Virginia roots, experimented with Iberian varieties such as touriga and albariño, and the Georgian grape rkatsiteli.

10/03/14

Besides not getting deserved respect, it ain't easy being a Georgia winemaker. If it's not the ill-timed rains during harvest or the punishing (sometimes devastating) spring freezes or the humid summers with their associated diseases, it's antagonistic state and local governments, which only recently have grown more tolerant.

10/02/14

Fiscal 2014 is the third consecutive year a new Virginia vin record has been set, following 511,000 cases sold in 2013 and 485,000 in 2012. Since 2010, sales of Virginia wine have increased 25 percent, according to the governor's office.

09/30/14

Internationally renowned experts in viticulture and enology will be featured during the third annual Southeastern United Grape and Wine Symposium to be held Nov. 5-6 at the Shelton-Badgett North Carolina Center for Viticulture & Enology on the campus of Surry Community College.

09/29/14

The Our Carolina Foothills campaign will host the inaugural Taste of Our Carolina Foothills wine and food festival on Sunday, Sept. 28, at Overmountain Vineyards in Tryon. The event is a fundraiser for the Our Carolina Foothills public relations campaign to create awareness about and promote tourism in Landrum, Tryon, Saluda and Columbus.

09/26/14

Wineries sold over 520,000 cases, roughly 6.25 million bottles in the 2014 fiscal year.

09/26/14

Wine and fellowship flowed during the Vintage Atlantic Wine Region launch party Thursday, Sept. 18, at Harvest Ridge Winery. The event marked a first-ever collaboration between 55 wineries and vineyards, tourism boards and local jurisdictions in Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

09/26/14

The Grand Strand didn't lure a craft beer bottler from California but it's getting a winery from North Carolina. Duplin Winery, located on Interstate 40 about 50 miles northwest of Wilmington, N.C., has begun clearing land for its Grand Strand bottling and sampling facility between Barefoot Landing and Alligator Adventure.

09/25/14

The program celebrating its 25th anniversary is intended to promote the state's top farm products and specialty foods and beverages. It was developed by the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

09/25/14

The festival will be held at LakeWatch Plantation in Moneta, directly off of Virginia 122, about 1 mile south of Hales Ford Bridge

09/24/14

The Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation handed out more than $2 million Tuesday in donations to area non-profits that help local children

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