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.
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.
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.”
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.
A bottle of wine costs more than ever in the UK — and Brexit is to blame →
The Wine and Spirit Trade Association conducted a market report of the cost of wine and spirits. Their findings concluded that, because of the decline of the pound, it is more expensive to import goods. It is projected that the cost will continue to rise due to upcoming inflation.