Sales of Ore. wines were up 17% in the 12 months that ended July 15, according to Nielsen data, likely driven by what are considered outstanding recent vintages in the state. The surge of interest puts Oregon ahead of both California and Washington in terms of sales growth, the data revealed.
Amid signs that sales of Spanish wines are down in the UK, merchants there are broadening their offerings from the country. More vintages from areas aside from popular Rioja are being made, and higher-quality Spanish wines are gaining fans, according to Ed Betts, wine-buying manager at ASDA.
The Yakima Valley of Wash. feels more like the Midwest than Napa Valley, but that also makes it a great, unpretentious place to learn about wine, Alice Gabriel writes. A visit to the Barnard Griffin winery includes a taste of their fruity 2014 chardonnay, an award-winner at just $14.
Tourism has helped Wisconsin grow its wine industry, with the number of wineries now at 124. Younger generations of wine drinkers are helping to fuel the trend, according to Justin Bruener of Sunset Winery.
Rapper Mike D of the Beastie Boys will be helping craft the wine list at new Los Angeles restaurant Hearth & Hound. A self-described "wine geek," the rapper will work with Taylor Parsons to select the eatery's wine offerings.
Stories about Kraft Heinz's increased innovation output and Whole Foods' meat sourcing proved popular with SmartBrief's food and beverage readers. The week's top story, however, was about how youth-focused chain Chuck E. Cheese debuted a new restaurant format in Texas.
Mexican authorities have closed at least two bars and cracked down on one maker of alcohol after reports emerged of tourists blacking out and of at least one suspicious death after consumption of small quantities of alcohol in Cancun and Playa del Carmen. Mexican government authorities said they would work to combat unsanitary bar practices and shoddy manufacturing of alcohol in the country.
Permits for the construction of two liquor stores in Little River County, Ark., have been issued by state regulators in the wake of the county's change to allow alcohol sales. The county is limited to two stand-alone liquor stores under state rules, but other retailers also may apply for licenses.
During any period of uncertainty, acknowledge people's fears but do so without using pessimistic language, writes Kris Boesch. Don't let fear stop you or your employees from performing the daily tasks that still need to be done.
Employees want to feel they are valued, to receive respect and be acknowledged, writes David Grossman. Managers should also know teams want "regular, tangible, specific, constructive feedback," he writes.
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