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Wine woes: Tariffs, Brexit cloud French Beaujolais season

Nov. 20, 2019 4:48 AM EST

CHATILLON, France (AP) — Celebration is the mot du jour in France’s Beaujolais region on the third Thursday of November, when winemakers and sellers uncork the season’s Beaujolais Nouveau with feasting and fanfare. But considerable uncertainty is clouding this year’s celebration of the...

Despite fires, California wine is doing just fine - for now

Nov. 9, 2019 10:05 AM EST

HEALDSBURG, Calif. (AP) — If you're worried that wildfires might have created shortages of Northern California's 2019 cabernet sauvignon, or even just imparted it with an undesirable smoky flavor, you can relax. The wine is just fine. For now. Despite a late October blaze that raged through one of the...

Welch Foods celebrates sweet 150th

Nov. 3, 2019 2:30 PM EST

NORTH EAST, Pa. (AP) — ___ Jim Szklenski on harvesting grapes: I like doing it. I always have." ___ Left to their own devices, grapes will turn to vinegar. Add a few important steps and you have wine. Resourceful humans puzzled that out more than 6,000 years ago. The real challenge, it turns out, is...

The Latest: Utility re-energized power line before fire

Nov. 1, 2019 9:14 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on California fires (all times local): 6:15 p.m. A Southern California utility that shut off power to tens of thousands of people to prevent wildfires says it restored electricity to a line minutes before another blaze exploded nearby. Southern California Edison says it began...

In California blaze, Spanish-speaking immigrants find help

Nov. 1, 2019 5:45 PM EDT

HEALDSBURG, Calif. (AP) — Two years ago, when fires ravaged Northern California, where tens of thousands of Latinos in the U.S. illegally work at farms and vineyards, displaced families were seen sleeping on beaches or in their cars. Farmworkers, construction workers and others in the service industry...

Correction: Oregon Wine Trade Groups story

Oct. 30, 2019 6:02 PM EDT

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — In a story Oct. 27 about a new group formed to promote Oregon's wine industry The Associated Press erroneously reported an older association's name. It is the Oregon Wine Growers Association, not the Oregon Wine Association. A corrected version of the story is below: Alternative group...

Wildfire forces residents, celebrities to flee

Oct. 28, 2019 11:19 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A wildfire swept through the star-studded hills of Los Angeles on Monday, destroying several large homes and forcing LeBron James and thousands of others to flee. Meanwhile, a blaze in Northern California wine country exploded in size. The flames that roared up a steep hillside near the...

Washington reaches 1,000 winery licenses

Oct. 17, 2019 5:46 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Washington state's wine industry reached a major milestone when it surpassed 1,000 active winery licenses recently. In the early 1980s there were only 20 wineries in the state. The number reached 74 by 2000 and has grown dramatically since. The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis...

Industry experts say apple, hop, grape harvests on track

Oct. 5, 2019 1:14 PM EDT

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — Washington state hop, apple and wine growers have announced they are expecting to at least meet production levels from last year's fall harvests. The Yakima Herald-Republic reports that crop experts have prepared to meet hop and wine grape numbers from 2018 while surpassing apple...

President's windmill hatred is a worry for booming industry

Sep. 30, 2019 3:24 PM EDT

BLOCK ISLAND, R.I. (AP) — The winds are blowing fair for America's wind power industry, making it one of the fastest-growing U.S. energy sources. Land-based turbines are rising by the thousands across America, from the remote Texas plains to farm towns of Iowa. And the U.S. wind boom now is expanding...