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Employee death at California winery under investigation

Oct. 14, 2021 18:26 PM EDT

HEALDSBURG, Calif. (AP) — State workplace safety officials are investigating the death of a worker at a Northern California winery who was found unresponsive near a fermentation tank, authorities said Thursday. Salvador Plaza-Centeno, 61, of Windsor, died Tuesday while...

Israeli archaeologists discover ancient winemaking complex

Oct. 11, 2021 09:37 AM EDT

YAVNE, Israel (AP) — Israeli archaeologists on Monday said they have unearthed a massive ancient winemaking complex dating back some 1,500 years. The complex, discovered in the central town of Yavne, includes five wine presses, warehouses, kilns for producing clay...

Mexico's Napa Valley protests against unfettered development

Oct. 09, 2021 15:59 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Defenders of Mexico’s Valle de Guadalupe wine-producing valley protested Saturday against unfettered development they say threatens the area’s environment and agriculture. On Saturday, federal authorities announced they shut down a massive...

California extends cocktails-to-go and outdoor dining rules

Oct. 08, 2021 18:24 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California moved Friday to extend the sale of cocktails-to-go and keep alcohol service for outdoor dining at parklets as officials try to help restaurants recover from the coronavirus pandemic. “This is a pathway for these businesses to...

Drought cuts into grape production for region's vineyards

Sep. 27, 2021 01:08 AM EDT

MINOT, N.D. (AP) — For the first time, Pointe of View Winery at Burlington called off its annual Grape Harvest Festival this year. Wineries and vineyards in western North Dakota struggled with drought, and some parts of the state were dealt a blow with a late spring...

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...