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03/02/15

The booze bill passed the house last session and died on the vine in the Senate. The Upper Chamber is still showing no sense of urgency on it while offering the obligatory "we'll look at whatever the house sends over."

03/02/15

The move to dismantle the state monopoly on the sale of beer, wine and liquor that passed the state House on Thursday took shape amid a flurry of lobbying by beer companies, grocery stores, big-box retailers and other groups that have poured a combined $10.5 million into efforts to influence lawmakers since mid-2012

03/02/15

would make it easier for restaurants to get liquor licenses

02/27/15

However, the Republican-backed proposal that passed 114-to-87 Thursday -- House Bill 466 -- faces an uphill road, like the previous one that died in the Senate. Democratic lawmakers oppose it, as does Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf.

02/27/15

Laetitia shares the spotlight with Central Coast Chef Christopher Manning at prestigious James Beard House

02/27/15

State representatives vote (again) for privatization of liquor stores; governor's veto likely

02/27/15

State representatives vote (again) for privatization of liquor stores; governor's veto likely

02/26/15

The Republican-backed plan to privatize the state's liquor distribution system will be passed Thursday on its way to the Senate, he told reporters Wednesday.

02/25/15

A celebration of the world's best wines and top chefs from around the U.S, the seventh annual New Jersey Wine & Food Festival at Crystal Springs Resort takes place March 20 to 22.

02/25/15

Eleven wineries were recognized by Triple Pundit for their use of alternate energy, preservation of open space and organic practices. The list praises Villa Milagro Vineyards in Pohatcong Township for its organic and sustainable practices, which it touts online at the core of the winery's ideals.

02/25/15

"It is a nail-biter at this time of year because you just don't know how low it will go and how long it will last," said Jim Trezise, president of the New York Wine and Grape Foundation in Canandaigua.

02/25/15

Restaurant wait staff and other tipped workers in New York will earn $7.50 an hour before tips effective Dec. 31, after the state's acting labor commissioner approved the increase on Tuesday.

02/24/15

Joe Bippert manages the Washington State Department of Agriculture's international marketing program, helping companies do business overseas.

02/24/15

The Liquor Control Committee meeting reflected a relatively swift step in advance of a vote before the full House, which passed a nearly identical bill last year and is expected to do so again. That full vote is planned for Thursday.

02/24/15

Two Boston city councilors filed paperwork on Monday to begin a process that could result in a substantial new citywide tax on the sale of alcohol, and to use the millions of dollars in expected revenue exclusively on substance abuse prevention and treatment programs.

02/23/15

A local wine retailer, displeased with a state agency's actions against it, is fighting back legally in what could be a long battle.

02/23/15

Paul Sullivan interviews some sommeliers at New York City restaurants known for their wine

02/23/15

Robert Sands is president and CEO of Constellation Brands, a company founded by his father, the late Marvin Sands

02/23/15

"It'd be interesting if the people who are voting on the bill had to take a test and had to get a passing grade before they could vote yes, I think it wouldn't pass."

02/23/15

The House Liquor Control Committee will meet at 10 a.m. Monday to consider a liquor privatization bill that would get the state out of the retail and wholesale liquor business

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