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Oregon wine industry sees economic boom in 2017

Sep. 25, 2018 4:17 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon wine industry had significant economic growth in 2017, according to a recent study. The state added 92 vineyards and 44 wineries last year, according to the latest Oregon Vineyard and Winery Report. An annual study by the University of Oregon Institute for Policy Research and...

West Coast winery aids Virginia vineyard hit by grape heist

Sep. 25, 2018 11:08 AM EDT

IRONTO, Va. (AP) — Despite the theft of nearly its entire crop of grapes, a Virginia winery will be able to raise a glass of its 2018 vintage to a new friendship. The Roanoke Times reports Washington state's Alexandria Nicole Cellars has offered to donate the replacement for more than 2 tons of grapes...

Oregon moves to protect wine from false out-of-state labels

Sep. 24, 2018 4:22 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon pinot noir is so popular that some winemakers elsewhere are making false links to the state's viticultural areas for their own wines, and might be breaking the law, experts testified Monday at a hearing at the Capitol. Rep. David Gomberg said he noticed this was a problem when he...

Oregon cancels pot grower's license

Sep. 22, 2018 9:39 PM EDT

BEND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon's marijuana regulators have canceled the license of a grower whose operation was linked to a butane honey oil explosion that burned two people. The Bulletin reports the Oregon Liquor Control Commission announced Friday that High Cascade Farms will have its recreational marijuana...

Correction: Lebanon-Arak Drink story

Sep. 21, 2018 9:10 AM EDT

TAANAYEL, Lebanon (AP) — In a story Sept. 20 about Lebanon's national drink, arak, The Associated Press incorrectly spelled the name of one of the country's largest arak producers. The name is Domaine des Tourelles, not Doumaine de Tourelles. A corrected version of the story is below: Making, drinking arak...

Newcomers bring decaying Kentucky distillery back to life

Sep. 19, 2018 9:48 AM EDT

MILLVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The whiskey quit flowing decades ago from a landmark Kentucky distillery housed in a picturesque castle. Nearly a half-century of neglect reduced the one-time tourist draw to a decaying relic. Now, two newcomers to the whiskey business have resurrected the Old Taylor distillery and...

Port wine? Feta? Brexit may spell trouble for famed EU names

Sep. 19, 2018 6:17 AM EDT

PINHAO, Portugal (AP) — The scorching late summer sun of northern Portugal is ripening the black, super-sweet grapes that will go to make what European Union rules say is the only wine in the world that can be called port. Winemaking has for centuries been a way of life for many families here in the...

A green beer that looks like algae? It's all for clean water

Sep. 18, 2018 5:56 AM EDT

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — There are spicy beers and even peanut butter beers, made to stand out on crowded shelves. Then there's a murky, green brew that looks a lot like algae. It's making a statement on the one ingredient brewers can't do without — clean water. The ghastly-looking "Alegae Bloom" beer...

Virginia winery loses grape harvest in nighttime heist

Sep. 13, 2018 8:50 AM EDT

ELLISTON, Va. (AP) — A Virginia winery has lost almost its entire crop of grapes in a nighttime theft, just hours before it was to be harvested. Firefly Hill Vineyards co-owner Allison Dunkenberger told The Roanoke Times on Wednesday that the more than 2 tons (1.8 metric tons) of grapes were worth up to...

The hop next door

Sep. 9, 2018 3:06 AM EDT

CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — Currently if you want to try a beer featuring the new Oregon State University-developed Strata hop, your best bet is a can of Worthy Brewing's Strata India Pale Ale. But in just a couple of weeks? The hop could be everywhere. Jim Solberg, co-founder of Indie Hops, the company that...