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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

02/24/15

Instead of voting Monday, House speaker Brian Bosma says they will wait for at least one more day. Amendments continue to be added to the law which could be one reason for the delay.

02/24/15

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. Lazy Ballerina co-owner Lauren Kniebes says that they'll make their own wine, in several varieties, to be offered there:

02/19/15

At the annual banquet at the Ohio Grape and Wine Conference, February 16, David Scurlock was honored by his peers and inducted to the Ohio Wine Hall of Fame. It is the highest honor the Ohio Wine and Grape community can bestow.

02/19/15

Speakers at conference say consumers want sweet wines; Minnesota viticulturist reveals varieties that survived polar vortex.

02/19/15

Pewaukee-based Purple Feet Wines LLC has been acquired by Glen Allen, Va.-based The Winebow Group LLC, a leading importer and distribution house of wines and spirits for restaurants and retailers.

02/19/15

The recent arctic blasts have caused the ice cover on the Great Lakes to increase rapidly. As of Tuesday, Feb. 17, the amount of ice on the Great Lakes is more than the same date last year

02/18/15

For two straight years now, ice wines from northeast Ohio's Grand River Valley wine region - from Debonné Vineyards in Madison this year and from Ferrante Winery in Geneva last year - have won the top award for dessert wine in early January's San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition.

02/18/15

Over the past few years, there's been a slow-but-steady increase in the number of women working in craft brewing in Wisconsin

02/17/15

"It's such an honor to be selected for the Top 10 Hot Brands by industry professionals at Wine Business Monthly, especially as the only winery from the Midwest"

02/16/15

Beginning in fall 2015, students can start earning an Associate of Applied Science in Enology and Viticulture, the science of wine making and the production and study of grapes

02/16/15

No wine lover - at least none from Ohio - should be surprised by the quality of the wine being produced next door in the Hoosier State. And frequent travelers won't be surprised that the winery business is booming in Indiana, just as it is in the Buckeye State

02/13/15

Beginning in fall 2015, students can start earning an Associate of Applied Science in Enology and Viticulture, the science of wine making and the production and study of grapes.

02/13/15

The Incredible Story of Chateau Hough by David Sax

02/12/15

GenKota Winery shut its doors on February 1. The winery, which sits right at I-57 and I-64, first opened in December, 1997

02/11/15

Bob Lautenbach of Lautenbach's Orchard Country Winery & Market received the Grower of the Year Award from the Wisconsin Grape Growers Association last month at the Corks 'n' Cuisine Dinner in Wisconsin Dells

02/11/15

The Winebow Group, a national importer and distributor of fine wine and craft spirits, announced today the acquisition of Purple Feet Wines of Pewaukee, Wisconsin. The companies will combine their efforts in Wisconsin and operate as Purple Feet Wines, a member of The Winebow Group

02/11/15

NKY woman built distributorship with cousin's money, but didn't tell him about its sale

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