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02/18/19

if you find yourself in New York City this weekend, we've found a way for you to celebrate that would make George Washington, our very first president, proud-and it just so happens to involve one of his favorite cocktails. Lower Manhattan's Porterhouse Brew Co. will be adding "Hot Ale Flips" to its menu-a favored drink by Washington, who used to order them at Porterhouse's sister restaurant, Fraunces Tavern.

02/14/19

The family-owned Smithfield Winery planted about 2.5 acres of vines after the business leased 5 acres in front of the manor house in March 2013. The business delayed a shipment of another 1,000 vines until it can find a new location, Smithfield Winery owner-operator Natasha Weiss-Huff said.

02/14/19

The Cantele Winery - a third-generation, family-owned and operated estate in Puglia - is proud to announce its new partnership with the premier importer of fine Italian wines in the U.S., Winebow.

02/13/19

The desire to nurture the Estate's exceptional qualities has shaped Ornellaia's philosophy since the beginning. Ornellaia is a cuve?e of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc & Petit Verdot and the faithful expression of unique terroir developed in harmony with nature.

02/13/19

With Vinexpo New York just a few weeks away, organizers have announced the final lineup of conferences, master classes and special features for North America's leading international exhibition exclusively for the wine and spirits trade.

02/11/19

House Bill 1422, which is authored by New Albany Republican Ed Clere, would change some distribution restrictions to better align with what breweries are already allowed to do. Breweries are already allowed to have what's known as a continuous flow, meaning beer can travel directly from the production facility to the restaurant either through a tap or in bottles. The bill would also addresses the rules for wineries and distilleries at farmers markets. Wineries, which are already allowed to sell by the bottle at farmers markets, would now have permission to give samples without needing to obtain a special permit.

02/11/19

The law directs the EDA to establish, in consultation with the state Department of Agriculture (NJDA), a loan program and application process for the purpose of providing loans to eligible vineyards or wineries to pay for qualified capital expenses. The term "qualified capital expenses" is defined in the law to mean expenditures made by an eligible vineyard or winery to improve or purchase land, and to acquire or modernize infrastructure, machinery, and equipment.

02/08/19

Officials and residents from the town of Romulus said the incinerator would also be harmful economically. They say the incinerator would put the wine and tourism industry at risk, which currently generates $2.8 billion and supports nearly 60,000 jobs.

02/08/19

New York City-based City Winery wants to create a winery and vineyard on the 21.46 acre property on the Wallkill River at the end of Factory Street. The proposal, which will be the subject of a Planning Board public hearing later this month, also would include a restaurant and tasting room, a 14-room boutique hotel and an outdoor event space with a stage that could accommodate up to 250 people for everything from concerts to weddings.

02/08/19

Both Pennsylvania and the nation as a whole have seen major shifts in drinking habits over the past 40 years. In 1977, Americans drank an average of 2.6 gallons of ethanol (converted based on the type of drink). In 2016, that figure was 2.35, a 9.6 percent drop. But the major drop was in beer consumption, which peaked nationally in 1986 at 1.35 and has been on a downward trend ever since, now at about 1.31, according to data from the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.

02/08/19

Pay raises of nearly 5 percent for top executives in the New Hampshire Liquor Commission will be on hold at least until the fall, thanks to a 3-2 vote of the Executive Council. Wednesday's vote came after Democratic councilors Mike Cryans and Andru Volinsky peppered liquor commission Chairman Joseph Mollica and Chief Financial Officer Christina Demers with a series of questions on the agency's performance in recent years.

02/07/19

Pay raises of nearly 5 percent for top executives in the New Hampshire Liquor Commission will be on hold at least until the fall, thanks to a 3-2 vote of the Executive Council. Wednesday's vote came after Democratic councilors Mike Cryans and Andru Volinsky peppered liquor commission Chairman Joseph Mollica and Chief Financial Officer Christina Demers with a series of questions on the agency's performance in recent years.

02/07/19

A company called Sovereign Wines plans on opening its first tasting room near in Skaneateles, according to NYupstate. What makes this wine so unique its that it's the first of its kind to be fused with hemp. With New York being one of the top wine regions in the world, plus with the state moving closer and closer to recreational marijuana being legalized, it makes sense. But this new hemp wine goes back quite a few years. And it had to clear a lot of hurdles to make it to the public.

02/07/19

With more then 6,800 entrants from across the United States, Canada, and Mexico, these wines, marked only by a coded number tag, could come from anywhere. It's a truly blind tasting, and, inevitably, there are surprises. What were the chances that my panel's first sips at the competition still dominated by California wine would bring a little bit of Pennsylvania pride?

02/06/19

Some supermarket owners have opted not to open locations in New Jersey because of this nonsensical law that directly threatens their success. Many supermarkets, such as the former A&P in Fanwood, have since shuttered and turned to rubble when ownership was switched and grandfathered liquor licenses vanished.

02/05/19

A Maine alcohol distributor has filed a complaint in federal court against a California wine company for allegedly violating the New England state's unfair trade practices rules. South Portland Wine Co. alleges Winery Exchange Inc., a company based in Novato, tried to wrest the brand Bread & Butter from the distributor, according to the complaint.

02/05/19

B.E.V. NY is developed and hosted by the Finger Lakes Grape Program and Cornell's Enology Extension Program. This is the sixth iteration of this joint venture between the two programs. This year, the New York Wine & Grape Foundation will be hosting their annual Unity Luncheon at the conference on Wednesday.

02/05/19

Winemakers and grape growers looking to innovate in all phases of their operations can gain cutting-edge advice from Cornell University and other experts at the 2019 B.E.V. NY [Business.Enology.Viticulture] conference Feb. 27 to March 1 at the Rochester Institute of Technology Conference Center.

02/05/19

Constellation Brands has made another move in the craft spirits sector, acquiring a minority interest in Rochester, New York-based Black Button Distilling for an undisclosed sum.

02/05/19

"Burlington is quickly growing beyond its beer roots because there are Vermont producers who are on the leading edge of wine and cider trends," Eleanor Leger, owner and founder of the Vermont-based Eden Ciders, says. She credits the "retailers and restaurants that do a great job of introducing their customers to these and other great stuff from outside Vermont."

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