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04/01/15

"We're not certain yet how this year is going to turn out. We're going to need to wait until fruit set happens in late May early June," said Marie-Chantal Dalese, President/CEO at Chateau Chantal.

03/31/15

The college wants to make sure students are prepared for this booming business. It's called the Great Lakes Wine Institute and it's at Lake Michigan College. Starting in the fall, students can pursue an Associate of Applied Science degree in wine making or the production of grapes.

03/31/15

Tickets are currently on sale for $30 for the Michigan Pioneer Wine Trail's "Michigan Wine Celebration," set for Saturday and Sunday, April 11 and 12. Tickets sales will end midnight Wednesday, April 8.

03/26/15

Wines from Rioja announces the 2nd annual Rioja Week in Chicago

03/20/15

A new round of Qui Tam lawsuits regarding tax on shipping charges in Illinois has been filed against numerous wineries and wine retailers. For more information on tax on shipping in Illinois ...

03/16/15

Preparing to close, the winery is selling equipment and offering 30 percent off cases while bottling continues. Olsen said there are still tanks to be emptied, so he suggests checking with him often. For a list of wines - including sweet, red and white wines - check the business website: spotteddogwinery.com

03/16/15

"This is a symbol," said Andrew Schmitt, director of Minnesota Beer Activists. "This is just a small representation of money that's leaving our state every Sunday."

03/13/15

The vineyard's owner, who also lives on the property, was able to get some equipment out of the building. He could not be reached for comment Thursday afternoon

03/11/15

Indiana recently published a new site to upload and file alcohol excise tax returns. The site is ready for use, right now and means some changes in the process for those filing in Indiana

03/11/15

Commercial grape growers will meet April 8 at a northeast Indiana vineyard to learn how to re-establish grapevines damaged during the harsh winter of a year ago

03/10/15

Wirtz Beverage Group said Monday that Danny Wirtz is taking over the role of president of the family beverage business from his father, Blackhawks Chairman Rocky Wirtz, who will now serve as the beverage company's chairman.

03/06/15

Local winemakers and vineyards are remembering last year's crop failure and hoping protective measures will prevent it from happening again

03/05/15

We want to reiterate that as of February 1, 2015 alcohol beverage suppliers (manufacturers, out of state suppliers, etc.) are not liable for excise taxes on their sales to Michigan wholesalers

03/02/15

The super couple of wine, Gina Gallo and Jean-Charles Boisset, will be in Cincinnati next month for the 25th anniversary of the Cincinnati International Wine Festival.

02/25/15

Donation to Indianapolis Zoo fundraiser dubbed the most celebrated wine of the 20th century

02/25/15

But wait! There are actually people who live in Chicago who do make wine. Now, they're neither sourcing their fruit here, nor are they making their wines here, but they do actually live here. Here's a look at three labels made by people who live right here in the Chicago area.

02/25/15

Come Memorial Day weekend, Saint Joseph could have a new winery operating downtown. At Monday's meeting, the city commission approved a request from Lazy Ballerina Winery LLC to recommend approval to the Michigan Liquor Control Commission to operate at 315 State Street, downtown.

02/25/15

The Michigan Beer and Wine Wholesalers Association has named Vice President Spencer Nevins as its new president, effective July 1. Nevins succeeds Mike Lashbrook, 62, who'd served as president since 1989 and plans to retire in June. Nevins, 44, has served as vice president for regulatory affairs and counsel since 2006 for the association which represents more than 50 family-owned distributors and 5,000 employees across the state.

02/25/15

"It's been made clear, I don't have the votes," said Ind. Rep. Thomas Dermody, (R) LaPorte, as he decided to give up on H.B. 1624 which would have lifted Indiana's 80 year old ban on Sunday carry-out alcohol sales.

02/24/15

The Illinois Liquor Control Commission (ILCC) announced at their board meeting last week that they had sent over 100 cease and desist letters to retailers, wineries, and fulfillment houses. The letters state that the ILCC "has evidence that your business is transferring alcoholic liquor into Illinois from a point outside of Illinois without a license." This action appears to be completely separate from the tax on shipping issues in Illinois

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