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Los Angeles County to require vaccines in indoor bars

Sep. 15, 2021 19:18 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Public health officials in Los Angeles County will begin requiring proof of COVID-19 vaccination for patrons and workers at indoor bars, wineries, breweries, lounges and nightclubs next month. The new initiative in the nation's most populous county...

Maryland winery workers take to the vines for yearly harvest

Sep. 11, 2021 09:04 AM EDT

MOUNT AIRY, Md. (AP) — As a hazy mist rose out from the hills along a Mount Airy vineyard and the early-morning skies radiated a soft pink glow, only the hustling of grape-pickers could be heard in the otherwise silent terrain. The grapes gathered on this picturesque...

More than 1,000 pounds of grapes taken from Missouri church

Sep. 08, 2021 16:26 PM EDT

LIBERTY, Mo. (AP) — A Liberty church will not be able to continue a cherished tradition of picking grapes and making communion wine after thieves stole about 1,500 pounds of grapes. Pastor Michael Kern with Hosanna! Lutheran Church said five rows of vines have grown...

Vintners despair after French wildfire ravaged grapevines

Sep. 02, 2021 13:24 PM EDT

LE CANNET-DES-MAURES, France (AP) — After a wildfire blazed through a once-picturesque nature reserve near the French Riviera, winemakers who grow the region’s celebrated crop are taking stock of the damage. Rows of charred grapevines stand next to a vast expanse of...

Wine spat: Italy heir accuses Sting of slander, flat apology

Aug. 31, 2021 12:06 PM EDT

MILAN (AP) — The heir of a late duke who sold Sting his Tuscan winery 25 years ago says the singer has hit a flat note with a lame apology for comments the family deems slanderous. The juicy celebrity dispute has spilled onto the pages of Italian newspapers. Sting told...

Worker death leads to $11K fine for Dundee winery

Aug. 06, 2021 20:48 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon’s Occupational Safety and Health Agency said this week it has fined a Dundee winery $11,100 for alleged violations of confined space rules after an investigation into the death of a worker. A worker at Corus Estates & Vineyards LLC, also...

Smoke, ash, heat and drought hurting Washington agriculture

Aug. 04, 2021 07:59 AM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — It’s been a tough summer for agriculture across Washington state. Crops like berries have struggled under record heat and drought. Now, some worry about how smoke in August could stunt the growth of some crops should the haze intensify and linger,...

Virginia vineyard invests in agriculture, community

Jul. 25, 2021 09:06 AM EDT

MADISON, Va. (AP) — “Exquisite” best describes a recent Friday afternoon in Madison County spent sitting with good company, waning sunshine and handy beverages—and a stunning view of blue mountains layered on the horizon. At Revalation Vineyards, the magnificent...

Smoke, extreme heat pose harsh test for West Coast vineyards

Jul. 10, 2021 11:19 AM EDT

TURNER, Ore. (AP) — The heat wave that recently hit the Pacific Northwest subjected the region’s vineyards to record-breaking temperatures nine months after the fields that produce world-class wine were blanketed by wildfire smoke. But when temperatures began climbing...

Washington wine giant Ste. Michelle sold for $1.2 billion

Jul. 09, 2021 13:14 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Ste. Michelle Wine Estates has been sold for about $1.2 billion to a private equity firm by its parent, the tobacco company Altria. Woodinville-based Ste. Michelle describes itself as the nation’s third largest wine company, farming nearly 30,000 acres...