Weather around the world is impacting wine, while New York is encouraging businesses to help consumers make beer and cider for home consumption. Plus, we have drinks news from Europe and everything else you need to know to start your day.

June 14, 2017
1. Decanter

Freak hail storm hits Napa Valley vineyards

A surprise weekend storm damaged wineries, although many were spared severe damage. However, one vineyard owner called it the most intense they had seen in 31 years of business. Storms like that are typically uncommon at this time of year.

2. Brewbound

NY Gov. Cuomo Opens Applications for Custom Beer, Wine and Cider Production Centers

Under a new program the New York State Liquor Authority will provide licenses to facilitate the production of homemade beer, wine and cider. Licenses are available to both current craft manufacturers seeking to establish a secondary business at their current location, or businesses seeking to open a standalone custom homemade craft beverage production center.

3. Wine Spectator

2017 Harvest Report: Despite Drought, Potential Is High for South African Wines

“South African vintners dealt with an extremely dry growing season in 2017, resulting in a small crop,” Wine Enthusiast reports. “But vintners are enthusiastic about quality, noting that the wines are rich and concentrated due to the smaller berries, while on the more elegant side stylistically, thanks to even and moderate temperatures throughout the season.”

4. Irish Times

Government to call for an EU-wide ban on alcohol advertising

The Irish government is urging other European countries to implement a ban in audiovisual advertisements from the alcohol industry.  Marcella Corcoran Kennedy, Minister of State at the Department of Health, attests that the alcohol industry should not have a role in formatting public health policy.