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For 'ice wine' vintners, frigid temps are reason to rejoice

Jan. 16, 2022 14:46 PM EST

OVID, N.Y. (AP) — While the vast majority of New Yorkers are hunkering down to ride out frigid temperatures and snow blasts from the latest winter storm, others are seizing on the opportunity to ... pick grapes? One Finger Lakes-area winemaker jokingly calls it “insanity,” but...

For celebrations, English fizz is on the rise

Dec. 27, 2021 10:17 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — English sparkling wine has been gaining prestige in recent years, with some experts comparing it to Champagne in taste and quality. Globally, the sector is still relatively small: IWSR Drinks Market Analysis reports that sparkling wine produced in the U.K. represents...

'No culture, no future': Belgian artists decry virus rules

Dec. 26, 2021 11:59 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — Thousands of Belgian performers, cinema operators, event organizers and others joined together Sunday to protest the government’s decision to close down the country’s cultural life to stem the spread of the surging omicron variant. Waving posters reading "The...

For food lovers, stocking stuffers begin in the kitchen

Dec. 08, 2021 15:54 PM EST

It's one of my favorite parts of the holiday season: thinking of all the people I’d like to give a little package to, mulling over what that right present should be. This year, perhaps more than any other, it feels pleasurable to treat all of your people to something thoughtful and cheery, and it...

Alabama native used pandemic downtime to start wine label

Dec. 05, 2021 00:13 AM EST

CULLMAN, Ala. (AP) — Getting paid to drink wine and visit exotic locations doesn’t seem like it could be a career, but that’s exactly how Cullman native Heath Porter describes his job. Porter is the owner of Heathen Wines & Wine Tours, and hosts tours around the...

Authorities begin identifying Michigan plane crash victims

Nov. 14, 2021 14:14 PM EST

BEAVER ISLAND, Mich. (AP) — The four people who died in a plane crash on Michigan's Beaver Island included a real estate agent and a couple who were planning to open a winery and vineyard there, authorities said Sunday. The plane crashed Saturday west of Mackinaw City,...

Cheers! Booze delivery, wine shipments begin in Alabama

Nov. 09, 2021 16:12 PM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabamians can now get limited quantities of beer, wine and spirits delivered to their homes after the first companies have gotten licensed. Alabama lawmakers this year approved separate bills to allow alcohol deliveries from retailers to a...

Italy-Croatia fight over Prosecco name gets ready to pop

Nov. 03, 2021 11:18 AM EDT

PROSECCO, Italy (AP) — On tiny pockets of terraced terrain overlooking a bay shared by Italy, Slovenia and Croatia, Milos Skabar is reviving a centuries-old winemaking tradition known as Prosekar, which shares roots with its better-known bubbly cousin, Prosecco. But...