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Odneal is a Horticulturist with Missouri State's Fruit Experiment Station and says the Ozark climate takes its toll on native grapes. A harsh winter and wet summer have been her biggest challenges.


Grape harvest at Holy Field Vineyard draws so many eager pickers; they have to take reservations to work the fields.grapes. The Basehor, Kansas vineyard is celebrating its 20th year.


Jury selection and evidence hearings have begun in the lawsuit between St. Louis wholesaler Major Brands Inc. and liquor maker Diageo North America Inc.


The September sun streaming down on the vineyard ripens the fruit and draws volunteers from miles around. Eager volunteers file into the vineyards to help with the harvest; they admittedly enjoy the fruits of their labor


This November, voters in Minneapolis will be asked to weigh in on a charter amendment that would change the city's liquor rules. But the Minneapolis City Council doesn't even want to wait that long - it's moving ahead with its own ordinance changes now


As the nascent Minnesota wine business grows, vintners have tried to make their home bases meccas for travelers from near and far. With alluring tasting rooms, event spaces that provide the ideal backdrop for a wedding or party - not to mention ever-improving wines - they're attracting folks in search of a relaxing afternoon and a taste of "the good life."


The Marotzes have done their research - from product development to perusing historical documents. And, they have also had a great deal of fun along the way.


Maryland-based Total Wine & More and Target are the newest companies seeking to grab a share of the state's alcohol sales, following the footsteps of many grocery chains and big discount retailers, Minnesota Public Radio News reports.


The recent drought and earthquake had many thinking Palisade wines would flood the western states, but instead Grand Valley wineries target in-state buyers to keep business booming.


State Supreme Court case questions whether police can give tests without a warrant


But plenty of obstacles remain before this can become law, as stakeholders continue to push for more concessions


The compromise deal would allow wineries to ship directly to South Dakotans. In return, they'd have to pay at least part of the tax current alcohol wholesalers have to pay, and the state would publish a list of all the wine labels registered for direct shipment. The law would require age verification at both purchase and delivery and forbid wine shippers from selling wine below cost.


Arkansas is one of 10 states that allow dry counties, according to the National Alcohol Beverage Control Association. An additional 15 states are "partially dry."


The recent heat wave in the Midwest has sped up the harvesting process for local wine producers. In addition, the heavy amount of rainfall throughout the spring has cost some vintners a significant amount of money.


After months of research into non-GMO options, and years spent setting up partnerships with local farmers and purveyors, the kitchens at Chef/owner Bradford Heap's two restaurants, Colterra in Niwot, and Salt the Bistro in Boulder, no longer serve anything that contains genetically modified organisms (GMOs.) Most of their beverages are GMO-free as well.


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


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.


Hand on, low overhead. Con Pekrul keeps it simple as head vintner, head bottler, and bottle washer at the Plain View Winery. "This is pretty much how my day is filled," says Con as he 'fills' bottle after bottle from a big, plastic bucket.


Microwineries are rare in the Twin Cities despite a boom in microbrewing and distilling. The fledgling company will offer a selection of meads, berry- and rhubarb-based wines, apple cider, dandelion wine and lilac wine, however.


Owners of Sovereign Estate Wine says business has expanded so quickly they need to stay open later and expand its calendar. Some neighbors are leery.

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