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05/23/17

When the spotted lanternfly was initially found in Berks County, PA, in September 2014, the Keystone State was on high alert - given the pest's destructive history in Korea and potential economic impact. This sap-feeding planthopper is native to China, India, Japan, and Vietnam. But, it is an invasive species in Korea, where it is known to attack 67 host species - including grapes, apples, and stone fruit.

05/23/17

Gov. Rick Scott has until Wednesday to decide the fate of one of the most heavily-lobbied bills in years, the removal of the so-called "liquor wall" so that Walmart, Target and other big box stores can sell liquor. Publix and local chain liquor stores tried mightily to kill the bill but it squeaked through the Senate, 21-17, and the House, 58-57, after years of intense lobbying on both sides. The lobbying is now aimed at Scott -- and the clock is ticking

05/22/17

After months of prep, Laura's Beverage Center opened in 1993 as the city's first liquor store

05/22/17

Although Leesburg Vintner was closed Monday, owner Mike Carroll was working in his shop while a ribbon-cutting for Delirium Cafe was taking place across the street.

05/19/17

The former Terrapin Station Winery is slated to be used as an event venue after the applicant, Rick Biddle, was granted a special exception by the Cecil County Planning Commission, which voted unanimously in its decision

05/18/17

Mike and Adrienne Albers were sweethearts at Langley High School

05/18/17

For now, area winemakers are waiting to see if deportations will create labor shortages. If it were up to him, Pearmund would keep things simple. "Why don't we let people pay taxes?" he says. "Let the workers of the world work."

05/18/17

Steffini Bethea often jokes that she went from selling drugs to alcohol

05/18/17

Wineries are expensive to start and complicated to run, and it can take years to turn a profit. Even so, each year an average of 15 new wineries open in Virginia. Here's how the best survive-and how that benefits customers.

05/18/17

The next life for the shuttered Love nightclub in Ivy Club? Wine and jazz.

05/18/17

Liquor stores all across Florida are begging Governor Rick Scott to veto the "Liquor Wall" bill, which finally squeaked by after years of coming up short

05/15/17

Gov. Henry McMaster may not appreciate this state's need for road improvements, but by God he can get behind the importance of a good cocktail at a baseball game. Last Thursday McMaster signed S.334, a bill to allow the sale of alcoholic liquors at certain baseball complexes including Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park.

05/15/17

Gather winemakers from 12 wineries in five states along with a few wine writers to taste through two dozen wines and - well, it's not exactly a party. But I can say that it's a lot of fun, and it's educational.

05/12/17

Farmer's Daughter Vineyards and Winery is a third-generation family farm that produces three varieties of French-American hybrid grapes and eight fruit-forward wines.

05/11/17

Spirited Virginia, a Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control publication, posted on Facebook this month that stores are experiencing strains on inventory because of the "explosive growth" in brown spirits consumption

05/08/17

Mother Nature didn't exactly serve up chamber of commerce weather Saturday, but that didn't keep crowds away from downtown Mount Airy for the eighth-annual Budbreak Wine and Craft Beer Festival.

05/08/17

Asking customers to support their efforts urging the governor to veto a bill allowing the sale of spirits in grocery stores.

05/04/17

Thursday marks the third year of the Christiansburg Farmers Market, and they've continued to grow on Hickock Street since year one.

05/03/17

Texas and Minnesota experience more extreme weather

05/02/17

I only buy wine as a gift and liquor as an ingredient for my amazing amaretto pound cake or other decadently delicious culinary concoctions. Which is to say that it would be fine with me if there were no big-box liquor stores in South Carolina

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