Latest Alcoholic beverage manufacturing News

Oregon vineyards lose lawsuit against nearby pot operation

Oct. 22, 2020 11:21 AM EDT

MCMINVILLE, Ore. (AP) — Two Oregon wine grape growers have failed to convince a state judge their grapes would be marred by odors from a neighboring marijuana operation. Yamhill County Circuit Court Judge Cynthia Easterday ruled that Smera Vineyard and Maysara Winery haven’t met their burden of...

This product image shows citrus items in a gift box from It's filled with grapefruit gummy bears, orange blossom honey, a tangerine clove cocktail mixer, a lemon hydrating sheet face mask and more. (Happy Box via AP)

Give the gift of citrus this holiday season for pop of cheer

Oct. 19, 2020 3:03 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — When life gives you lemons, get gifty. Dayna Isom Johnson, the trend expert at, sees a turn toward “cheerful citrus” this holiday season. “It's an escape from traditional themes for the holidays,” she said. “It's really allowing you to add a pop...

This photo provided by Adam M. Rammel shows The Syndicate on Aug. 20, 2020 in Bellefontaine, Ohio. Ohio’s restrictions forced Adam Rammel to at least temporarily abandon plans for a catering and event space designed for parties and that opened last month, in time for the holidays. Rather than have the space sit unused, Rammel turned it into The Syndicate, a restaurant located next door to his 5-year-old brewpub, Brewfontaine. (Susie Jarvis/Adam M. Rammel via AP)

Amid COVID, many businesses in precarious spot as 2020 ends

Oct. 11, 2020 12:23 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The final three months of the year, usually a boom time for many small businesses thanks to holiday shopping and celebrations, looks precarious as the coronavirus maintains its grip on the economy. Owners contending with government restrictions or crumbling demand are trying to hold on,...

This photo provided by Brown-Forman Corporation/Lack Daniel Distillery shows Chris Fletcher, the new master distiller at Jack Daniel's.  The Tennessee distillery introduced Fletcher as master distiller for the flagship brand of Kentucky-based Brown-Forman Corp., on Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020.  Fletcher spent six years as assistant master distiller and assumes the top role following Jeff Arnett's departure after 12 years of leading the powerhouse brand.   (Ed Rode/Brown-Forman Corporation/Lack Daniel Distillery via AP)

New Jack Daniel's master distiller keeps up family tradition

Oct. 7, 2020 12:26 PM EDT

In a business where family tradition tends to matter, Chris Fletcher stepped up Wednesday to follow in his grandfather's footsteps to lead production of the Jack Daniel’s whiskey brand. The Tennessee distillery introduced Fletcher as master distiller for the flagship brand of Kentucky-based Brown-Forman...

Alexandra Ichim, a 20-year-old Romanian, works during a grape harvest in Rocca de Giorgi, Italy, Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020. Though from a Romanian region famed for its wine, Ichim had never worked in vineyards before traveling to Italy's Lombardy region for the September grape harvest, known in Italian as the vendemmia — the pay is too low in Romania and the working conditions too harsh, she says. Instead, the 20-year-old came on a 12-hour bus ride and returned by plane to her native Arad region when the harvest was done. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)

Harvest workers among COVID world's last regular travelers

Oct. 2, 2020 7:54 AM EDT

ROCCA DE' GIORGI, Italy (AP) — Her hands were hardly visible, so quickly did they press the clippers before dropping grape clusters into red plastic bins. Some distance behind her, in the next row over, Italian students subbing in due to a pandemic-fueled worker shortage tried vainly to catch up. Though...

California Governor Gavin Newsom waves as he leaves the burned portion of Foothills Elementary School following a press conference near St. Helena, Calif., Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020.  (Christopher Chung/The Press Democrat via AP, Pool)

Winds intensifying as firefighters battle fire in California

Oct. 2, 2020 1:09 AM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Winds grew stronger Thursday in California's wine country, threatening to escalate a massive wildfire that has burned for days and destroyed hundreds of buildings. More fire crews and equipment were deployed in and around Calistoga, a town of 5,000 people known for hot springs, mud...

A vineyard stands in Ica, Peru, Monday, Sept. 28, 2020. More than 500 Pisco producers have seen their sales collapse by half and thousands of grape growers have had their fields ruined because of the late harvests, because of the strict lockdown implemented to stop COVID-19. (AP Photo/Martin Mejia)

Pandemic takes toll on business of pisco producers in Peru

Oct. 1, 2020 12:42 PM EDT

ICA, Peru (AP) — In the house where for decades she has bottled pisco, the grape brandy of South America's Pacific coast, Rosa Grados has thousands of stored liters that she has not sold because of the coronavirus pandemic. “You wait a year to get to the moment of distillation and when you are at...

Kevin Conant and his wife, Nikki, hug after looking at the debris of their burnt home and business

California wildfire evacuees return home to find devastation

Oct. 1, 2020 12:20 AM EDT

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — Nikki and Kevin Conant returned to their home in Northern California wine country Wednesday to find only the charred remains of their home and burned pieces of the wine barrels they used to repurpose into custom-made art and furniture. “It was like a part of me is gone,...

An air tanker drops retardant while battling the Glass Fire in St. Helena, Calif., on Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

4th person killed in devastating California wildfire

Sep. 30, 2020 5:04 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Flames devoured swaths of brush and trees in Northern California on Wednesday amid unseasonably hot and dry weather. Officials said wind-whipped flames led two firefighters to deploy the emergency fire shelters they carry. The firefighters were assigned to the Glass fire burning in...

Smoke from wildfires in Oregon and California creates hazy skies as the sun is seen above the Washington state Capitol, Saturday afternoon, Sept. 12, 2020, in Olympia, Wash. Numerous air quality warnings were in place for most of the West through the weekend. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Weather service forecasts smoky skies in Washington state

Sep. 29, 2020 5:12 PM EDT

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — The National Weather Service in Seattle has said smoke from the wildfires in northern California could arrive in Puget Sound this week. The smoke is expected to haze the skies Tuesday night or Wednesday morning and linger for up to three days, The News Tribune reported....