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12/11/18

Alabama's has one of the highest excise taxes on wine in the country, according to the Tax Foundation. Alabama's excise tax on wine is tied for the fifth highest in the country. Kentucky has the highest at $3.47 per gallon, followed by Alaska ($2.50), Florida ($2.25), Iowa ($1.75), and Alabama and New Mexico (tied at $1.70). The lowest rates are found in California and Texas (20 cents), Wisconsin (25 cents ), and Kansas and New York ($30 cents).

12/10/18

Alabama's has one of the highest excise taxes on wine in the country, according to the Tax Foundation.

12/10/18

The Trump Winery in Virginia is attempting to hire six more foreign guest workers, according to a petition filed with the Department of Labor Thursday

12/07/18

Their new address is 1 SE 3rd Avenue Suite #1440 Miami, FL 33131. The academy is still located in the SunTrust International building, but in a larger space on the 14th floor. All other contact information, including phone numbers, remain the same.

12/06/18

dozens of residents cheered, applauded and patted the back of a local winery owner as Cherokee County commissioners voted unanimously to table a vote on amendments to the county's regulations on farm wineries - regulations that the local winery and more than 1,300 petitioners have rejected as detrimental to business.

12/03/18

"There are things on our bucket list we'd like to do," Dorothy Brandt said. "I stopped my work in the studio when we started the winery. I want to get back to that. I want to visit family and friends, see my dog. There are just other things in our life that we'd like to do."

11/30/18

Steve Monson, vineyard manager at CrossKeys Vineyards in Mt. Crawford says this is one of the toughest years he's seen in up to two decades. Monson says they have a reduction in wine after losing so many grapes.

11/28/18

Dahlonega was also recently designated as Georgia's first entirely in-state American Viticultural Area, a title bestowed by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau that marks the area as a unique region to produce quality wines. Other more well-known AVAs include Sonoma and Napa Valley. They're difficult and expensive to get, but the area's new title, the Dahlonega Plateau, lends prestige to the wines created there.

11/28/18

Midwestern attorney Robert Epstein is on a mission to open up as many states as possible to interstate shipping. Jim Arnold, the owner of Kahn's Fine Wine & Spirits in Indianapolis, is the plaintiff for the case and there is no defendant or lawsuit in this case. In response to Epstein's declaration in Florida a foursome of wholesale and retail organizations in the state have filed an appeal against Epstein in order to have the ABT further examine the case.

11/27/18

A federal judge Monday dismissed a civil suit brought against President Trump by the owners of a D.C. wine bar, saying the plaintiffs failed to show that the president had engaged in unfair competition by profiting off his luxury D.C. hotel. The owners of Cork Wine Bar had argued that Trump was improperly leveraging his presidency to attract customers - who might otherwise patronize their Logan Circle establishment - to his downtown Trump International Hotel, which he still owns but does not run.

11/26/18

The primary brief was filed by the Jones Day law firm on behalf of the Tennessee Retailers. This legal brief highlights the errors made by the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals and applauds the rationale proffered by dissenting Judge Sutton below.

11/21/18

The Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America (WSWA) has filed an amicus brief in the highly anticipated Supreme Court case of Tennessee v. Byrd, for which oral arguments could begin in January. The case concerns Total Wine & More's challenge to Tennessee's residency requirement for beverage alcohol retailers, but could have far-reaching implications for wineries, wholesalers, retailers, and consumers. The WSWA is backing the Tennessee law, arguing for states' authority to regulate beverage alcohol free from the constraints of the Constitution's Commerce Clause, which governs interstate commerce.

11/19/18

The two are collaborating on Albi, an Eastern Mediterranean restaurant, and another Maxwell Park.

11/19/18

Distilled Spirits Council Senior Vice President for International Issues and Trade Christine LoCascio spoke at the Glass Packaging Institute's annual meeting about the tremendous growth in U.S. spirits exports over the past two decades and the current trade issues of importance to the U.S. spirits industry, including retaliatory tariffs on U.S. whiskeys and other U.S. spirits.

11/19/18

Virginia has cultivated vineyards since 1619, a long history for an American wine region, but the past 20-30 years have seen real development. Here are producers to watch and a selection of wines to try, plus news of a potential AVA...

11/16/18

Behind every good wine label, there's a good grape. That's what Jeff Wheeler is on a mission to find. Wheeler, a wine production specialist at the University of Kentucky's winery, has been looking for the best type of grape to grow in Kentucky soil. The goal is for the state's 70 wineries to use local products. Funding has just been renewed, in hopes the wine industry in the Bluegrass will get a boost.

11/14/18

CHEP, the global leader in pallet pooling and supply chain management solutions, today appointed Jake Gilene to the role of senior vice president, sales and customer service, CHEP USA. This position was previously held by Dan Martin, recently named president, IFCO North America.

11/14/18

Purple Toad expects to produce more than 100,000 gallons of wine this year. That's at the brink of what the state allows under the Small Farm Winery License.

11/14/18

A GoFundMe Campaign has been launched that gives wine consumers across the country the opportunity to help fund a "Friend of the Court" Amicus brief in the upcoming Byrd v Tennessee Supreme Court case. The amicus brief will be entirely funded by wine consumers and will argue that state-based anti-consumer bans on wine shipping are not only unconstitutional but significantly harm consumers. The wine consumer GoFundMe campaign is accessed at: https://www.gofundme.com/wine-consumer-supreme-court-brief

11/12/18

Every year, Wine, Women & Shoes brings together nearly 600 guests, who spend the better part of a day shopping, drinking, noshing and partying. This year was no exception. The beneficiary of the event, of course, is Forty Carrots Family Center

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