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12/11/18

Grub Street reports that Batali's B&B Hospitality Group shrank from 2,000 employees to 1,500 after the Sands Casino cut ties with the company, closing five restaurants in Las Vegas and Singapore. It will again become smaller with the closure of NYC's La Sirena this month. Batali's business partner Joe Bastianich - who was also allegedly responsible for the "boys' club" culture, according to an Eater investigation - is now left running what's left of the empire.

12/10/18

Andy and Kathleen Weber, owners of Northern Cross Vineyard in Easton, filed in 2015 the original petition to form the new AVA, then home to 14 vineyards and four others in development. "It will be amazing to finally see a bottle labelled with our AVA on it." The new Upper Hudson designation on the wine label will boost visits to wineries ...

12/06/18

The Oldaks starting planting grapevines in 1982 and began making wine three years later. In 1994, they opened their first commercial winery out of their basement on Whitehall Road in South Hampton, just over the Amesbury border. A few years later, they opened their commercial facility behind their house.

12/04/18

Sauvage's Sparkling Wine line Comsi Comsa is made with upstate New York Apples sourced from local farms. Similar to great grapes, these apples are grown on trees in ideal soil. Using fresh water, carefully selected apples, and a French technique the result is a hard cider reminiscent of a fine sparkling wine with a 12% ABV.

12/04/18

On October 24, 2018 Sparkling Pointe Vintners Tom and Cynthia Rosicki, joined by Head Winemaker Gilles Martin, attended the 2018 Champagne and Sparkling Wine World Championships Award Dinner at Merchant Taylor's Hall in London to accept the Best of Class Award for the 2015 Topaz Impérial Brut Rosé Sparkling Wine.

12/04/18

after 25 years of business, Jewell Towne co-owners Peter and Brenda Oldak have announced that they're winding things down to make time for leisure, travel, and spending time with their four grandchildren.

12/03/18

Grapevine red blotch virus (GRBV) affects fruit ripening and quality and is an emerging threat to grape production in North America.

12/03/18

A bankruptcy judge Thursday approved the sale of local winery Hauser Estate Inc., which also produces Jack's Hard Cider.

12/03/18

Deputy Attorney General Jane Young writes that the Liquor Commission's practices and procedures "are consistent with applicable state and federal laws" and that it found "no credible evidence" that the agency was encouraging employees to disregard agency policy when they completed cash sales ...

11/29/18

The Pennsylvania Wine Marketing and Research Program Board is seeking applications for grants to conduct promotion, marketing and research projects to increase the quality, profitability, production and sale of wines; enhance the wine industry; and benefit wine producers across the state.

11/28/18

Since the 1970s, Virgin has been a major force in the music world - from their groundbreaking record label, countless sellout festivals and megastores worldwide. True to these innovative roots, Virgin Wines is now bringing together two of the best things in life - finding outrageously good wines from around the world and adding cool, carefully curated playlists for each bottle. To further explore the perfect bond between wine and music, Virgin Wines is releasing an exclusive selection featuring bottles inspired by some of the gods of rock.

11/28/18

Northeast producers are invited to participate in a webinar that will provide information regarding grants, incentives and cost-shares available to Northeast agriculture. This webinar, hosted by Farm Credit East, will take place on Dec. 4 at noon.

11/27/18

Southern, which is based in Miami and has a warehouse in Elizabeth, N.J., is seeking help from the Nassau County Industrial Development Agency to purchase 425 Underhill Blvd. More than 1,060 people work there now.

11/21/18

The Wine Spectator Top 100 list - arguably the most recognized of many similar lists in the wine industry - was published Monday, and the Finger Lakes was nowhere to be found. Published annually since 1988, the list is meant to reflect trends and what is exciting from around the world that year, said James Molesworth, senior editor in a 2017 interview. "The Finger Lakes didn't do anything wrong; it's just that this year the spotlight moved on. As Finger Lakes wines continue to improve, it's likely that they will return to the list in future years."

11/21/18

As farm wineries around New Jersey continue their weekly activities with the holiday season approaching, New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Douglas Fisher and the Wine Growers Association encourage consumers to visit a winery, restaurant featuring New Jersey wines, or neighborhood liquor store to purchase local wines.

11/20/18

The concluding third sale from the private collection of tech entrepreneur James Clark has made US$4.1 million in New York, bringing the total from the sales to over $8m.

11/20/18

The number of independent craft breweries and distilleries operating in the U.S. has grown exponentially, increasing by 16 percent, and 20.8 percent, respectively, between 2016 and 2017. And the wine industry alone contributed to $219.9 billion to the U.S. economy in 2017. To help protect these growing businesses from the unique risks they face, Erie Insurance is introducing The ERIE Custom Collection® Breweries, Wineries, and Distilleries Program.

11/19/18

Wine Spectator announced Tenuta San Guido Bolgheri-Sassicaia Sassicaia 2015 as the 2018 Wine of the Year. The Top 10 list is now available on http://top100.winespectator.com, with the full Top 100 list to be revealed on Monday, November 19.

11/19/18

At the end of August, the Finger Lakes were named the "Best Wine Region in the United States" by national daily USA Today. Around 130 wineries strive to turn the spotlight on a region where admittedly the climate can be harsh, but whose potential for growing top Rieslings is undeniable. Growers include France's Louis Barruol, owner of Château Saint Cosme in Gigondas and also chairman of the local producers' organisation. He shares some of the exciting moments, and unpleasant surprises, he has had since setting up a vineyard across the pond.

11/16/18

This past month, international wine portfolio Tussock Jumper was awarded a Silver medal for their mobile wine app in the 'Applied' category at the HALO Awards in Amsterdam during the VR Days Europe Conference, held from October 24-26th, 2018.

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