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A small-time vintner's use of volunteer workers has put him out of business after the state squeezed him like a late-summer grape for $115,000 in fines -- and sent a chill through the wine industry. The volunteers, some of them learning to make wine while helping out, were illegally unpaid laborers, and Westover Winery should have been paying them and paying worker taxes, the state Department of Industrial Relations said.
After a gloomy summer, sunny skies are smiling on Bordeaux, France's premier wine-growing region, since the start of September, sparking sudden talk of high-end vintages. "We are making up an awful lot of ground," says Antoine Medeville, a winemaking consultant for several vineyards in the Medoc region.
Winemaker Brandon Armitage, from the Heart o' the Mountain winery family, in his new winery and tasting room in Aptos, Calif., Thursday, Sep. 5, 2014. In Chinese astrology, the tiger is a born leader.
Jail inmates in Northern California are getting paid to harvest wine grapes as part of a new program that seeks to connect them with private companies seeking workers. Mendocino County Sheriff Tom Allman says he launched the program after hearing local employers complain that the county's illegal marijuana business was snatching up most available labor.
The band Train doesn't just release new albums -- they also offer you something to drink while you're listening to them. The group's latest wine, Bulletproof Picasso , named after their new album, is now available for pre-order.
Most say the picking is behind schedule by 10 days to two weeks, the Wisconsin State Journal reports . And they expect to get less fruit than last year because the hard winter, a cool summer and lots of rain hurt growing conditions.
WINE lovers will be given a rare insight into the way judges choose the south's top drops at next month's McLaren Vale Wine Show. Star of Greece chef Shawn Peddle with Oliver's Taranga winemaker Corrina Wright and Elbow Room chef Nigel Rich.
Some of the Garden State's vineyards and craft beers were are full display Sunday at the Taste of New Jersey - Craft Beer and NJ Wine Festival. The event was held on Farnsworth Avenue in Bordentown City with a percentage of proceeds benefiting restoration efforts of the old City Hall.
The warm, dry summer has led to a high yield of grapes that will be ready for harvest earlier than usual - with hopes high for the 2014 vintage Welsh wine makers are predicting this year will the best vintage for a generation after a bumper grape-growing season. It also means grapes will be picked earlier than usual in Britain, with some vineyards gearing up for harvest in the next fortnight.
IT'S that dreaded moment: your wine enthusiast boss or rich maiden aunt invites you to dinner and asks you to bring a bottle. Suddenly that emergency supply of 4.99 Chardonnay lurking in the wine rack isn't going to pass muster.
Kathie Lee Gifford made a trip to Sheid Vineyards in Greenfield to promote her two wines being made there. Gifford is famous for drinking wine while co-hosting the fourth hour of the Today Show.
If a more refined knowledge of wines is on your wish list, some delicious opportunities to taste and learn await at this weekend's GrapeFest. Debbie Hooker, a longtime volunteer at Grapevine's annual wine festival, said the People's Choice Wine Tasting Classic is her favorite event of the weekend because of what festivalgoers get out of the experience.
FRAN Austin admits that Tasmania is a "difficult and risky" destination to produce wine, but says the quality makes it worthwhile. FRAN Austin admits that Tasmania is a "difficult and risky" destination to produce wine, but says the quality makes it worthwhile.
Running the Northwest's largest winery is daunting. Simultaneously crafting some of our region's best wines is downright difficult.
The isolated DO of Costers del Segre is the most westerly of the Catalonian DOs. Here, a small handful of wineries cultivate a scant 300 hectares of vines where there are more olives grown than grapes.
The premiere issue of Ricardo, which will be in stores Monday, features stories on Thanksgiving entertaining, cranberries, potatoes, planting fall garlic, top 10 cuts for grilling and ideas for dinners that will create leftovers to tote for lunch the next day. To satisfy Larrivee's sweet tooth, he has included a recipe for the ultimate chocolate chip cookie and a feature on apple pie to take advantage of the fall harvest, with tips on pastry making.
Updated: Tue Sep 16, 2014 12:05 am
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