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09/02/16

"Unless Indiana's Legislature decides to change the law, my office will defend both the statute and the authority of our state's elected representatives to regulate alcohol," Attorney General Greg Zoeller said Thursday in a written statement.

08/30/16

A collection of more than 4,600 bottles of wine that belonged to the late owner of an Oklahoma oil and gas company who was also part owner of the Oklahoma City Thunder NBA basketball team will be put up for auction Sept. 17 on Chicago's Gold Coast

08/29/16

It's a win for Illinois alcohol wholesalers ... The bill enhances penalties on those illegally shipping or transporting alcohol into the state. It also raises licensing fees across the board for manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers, and establishes more of an audit process for booze coming into the state

08/26/16

The festival runs Aug. 26 and 27 at the American Legion Mall in downtown Indianapolis.

08/22/16

Chicago wine enthusiasts who thought they were buying wine futures at an incredible price were instead financing a 66-year-old California man's penchant for fast cars, women and golf

08/22/16

"I'm sure the ebb and flow of the business will change, but I believe the trade-off to losing the foot traffic will be the ability to host larger events that we couldn't before"

08/22/16

Oliver Winery owners Bill and Kathleen Oliver are this year's recipients of the Will Koch Indiana Tourism Leadership Award

08/19/16

Summer road trips mean big business for gas stations. And if they sell gas and beer and wine, even bigger business. There are already more than 1,800 gas stations that sell alcohol in Michigan, but there are about to be a lot more. And not everyone's happy about it.

08/19/16

Cold-hardy wine aficionados and experts gathered at the University of Minnesota on Thursday to judge wines from this rapidly-growing part of the industry. A total of 350 different types of wine are blind tested in the International Cold Climate Wine Competition, with each judge testing 50 wines

08/16/16

Video shot by a security camera at the Laurello Vineyard on State Route 307 showed the collapsed cloud dropping from the sky at 5:15 Saturday evening, its powerful wind pulling furniture toward it before shoving everything in its path in the opposite direction.

08/16/16

a disciple of Konstantin Frank, the Russian immigrant who championed the vinifera varieties for the Finger Lakes in New York and other areas along the East Coast throughout the '60s and into the early '80s, Esterer makes a stunning cabernet sauvignon in a region where other vintners are still quick to say, "You can't ripen cabernet here."

08/16/16

" ... winery associations such as the California Wine Institute and even consumer wine organizations like Free the Grapes have quickly given their consent when laws introduced allowing out-of-state shipments from both wineries and retailers are amended at the behest of wholesalers to strip retailer shipping out of the bill. It's as though wineries and importers think they are in competition with retailers ..."

08/15/16

The Naperville Wine Festival is an annual soiree in which thousands come out to look, swirl, smell and taste - the mantra of wine aficionados - from among more than 300 wines from all over the world

08/15/16

One roof was blown off and another damaged and some 12 people suffered minor injuries as the microburst roared into the popular winery. Serious damage was caused to three structures on the Route 307 property.

08/11/16

Bonobo Winery in Grand Traverse County will soon be distributing five wines to the Grand Rapids area

08/11/16

It's a plastic wine glass that's reusable, recyclable and keeps the integrity of both the taste and smell of the wine -- unlike typical plastic cups.

08/10/16

Danny - son of Rocky Wirtz and grandson of the late Bill Wirtz - is leading his family's lower-profile, higher-revenue alcohol wholesale business into a new era in a changing industry

08/09/16

The National Association of Wine Retailers today delivered a letter to Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner urging him to veto a bill that would turn Illinois wine drinkers and the retailer they procure wine from into felons. That would be the result of the governor signing SB 2989, currently awaiting his signature or veto

08/08/16

"In Illinois, two large wholesalers handle about 60 to 70 percent of the business, while more than 200 are doing the rest. They are small individually (annual sales range from $200,000 to $4 million), but this adds up to several hundred million dollars in annual sales"

08/03/16

Senate Bill 2989, sponsored by state Sen. James Clayborne, D-East Saint Louis, seeks to toughen oversight and enforcement of transportation of alcohol into Illinois.

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