Tag Archives: North Carolina

• Vermont Is Suddenly Awash In World-Class Beers

Vermont Is Suddenly Awash In World-Class Beers

Everyone expects Vermonters to wow the world with their maple syrup and cheeses. But lately the buzz has been about the brews. Not that the craft beer movement is anything new to this tiny New England state, which sports the highest number of brewers per capita — roughly 25,030 people per brewery. But lately the […]

• North Carolina Wineries Jumping Into The Beer Business

North Carolina Wineries Jumping Into The Beer Business

The craft-beer industry is coming on strong in North Carolina, and the state’s wineries are taking notice. “North Carolina has one of the most exciting and dynamic beer cultures in the country,” said Erik Lars Myers in his 2012 book, “North Carolina Craft Beer & Breweries.” His guide listed 45 breweries and brewpubs operating in […]

• Amazon Wine goes after online booze sales

Amazon Wine goes after online booze sales

When it comes to selling wine, Amazon won’t give up. On Thursday it launched Amazon Wine, its latest shot at a red-tape-wrapped market that the e-commerce giant has struggled to crack. Amazon Wine operates more as a middleman, offering customers a selection of around 1,000 wines at prices ranging from $5 to $200. A $10 […]

• Celeb Wine Alert: Goo Goo Dolls ask fans to design wine label

Celeb Wine Alert: Goo Goo Dolls ask fans to design wine label

American rock band the Goo Goo Dolls have asked their fans to design the label for their limited-edition wine. The wine, to be made in collaboration with Wilmington-based Noni Bacca Winery in North Carolina, will not be sold commercially, remaining in the band’s private wine collection. A number of the bottles will be auctioned off […]

• Phew. Democratic Convention prompts N.C. bill to keep booze flowing

Phew. Democratic Convention prompts N.C. bill to keep booze flowing

Those heading to the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., need not worry about liquor supplies running dry — the state legislature is expected to pass a bill to ensure booze flows freely on Labor Day. The state’s Republicans and Democrats have found common ground on a bill that would ease access to alcohol for […]

• Gin! North Carolina again finds the G-spot

Gin! North Carolina again finds the G-spot

In the English-speaking world, the history of alcoholic spirits has been perpetually caught up in taxes and government control. This has been true in North Carolina, but here, societal and religious concerns have played a part as well. In the past two decades, however, tobacco lands have yielded to viniferous grapes, and today North Carolina […]

• Ready to revive National Premium beer brand?

Ready to revive National Premium beer brand?

Easton man owns brand name and formula, hopes to join beer revival. For decades, National Premium has been a hazy, distant memory. Stored-away memorabilia and faded beer ads were all that remained of its once-storied legacy. But Tim Miller, an Easton real estate agent, has acquired the trademark and plans to bring the beer back […]

• Constellation rolls out new unoaked Simply Naked wine varietals

Constellation rolls out new unoaked Simply Naked wine varietals

Constellation Wines U.S., a unit of Constellation Brands, is rolling out its new Simply Naked portfolio of unoaked (hence “naked”) wines, the U.S. wine giant said Tuesday, after earlier introducing the wines in eight test markets. Approximately 150,000 cases were produced for the 2011 roll out, said San Francisco-based spokeswoman Katie Vandermause. Earlier this year, […]

• North Carolina: Bill would let distillers sell liquor

North Carolina: Bill would let distillers sell liquor

North Carolina distillers would be able to sell their own products to retail customers under legislation a state Senate committee will debate today . If passed, it would be the first time since the repeal of prohibition that liquor could legally be sold by the bottle anywhere other than a government-run ABC store. “We’ve found […]

• Alaska liquor lobby challenges ABC board’s regulation

ABC BOARD: Bill would place it under a different agency’s control. A fierce battle is brewing in Juneau over alcohol regulation. One side, led by the bar, liquor store and restaurant lobby, says the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board is consumed by its police role and treats businesses selling alcohol like criminal organizations. The other side […]

• Calendar: 2011 – a few big dates for beer-lovers to observe

Calendar: 2011 – a few big dates for beer-lovers to observe

BEER DRINKERS are notoriously slothful when it comes to planning for the future. That’s why we’ve developed so many ways to crack open a cold one without a bottle opener. But now that you’ve found a place to hang the 2011 furry kitten calendar you got for Christmas, take a minute to mark some important […]

• Warren Buffett's Love Affair With Liquor

When Warren Buffet buys into a new line of business, I get very interested. McLane, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE: BRK-A) (NYSE: BRK-B), announced on October 29th that it was acquiring Horizon Wine & Spirits, the largest wholesale distributor of alcohol in Tennessee.  This is just the latest expansion into the liquor […]

• East coast wine grape growers aim to be competitive & profitable

East coast wine grape growers aim to be competitive & profitable

The ground beneath vineyards and what grows there — in addition to grape vines — could play a role in making wine grape growers in North Carolina and elsewhere along the East Coast more competitive and profitable. That is the thinking behind a North Carolina State University study of the way wine grape growers produce […]

• Nashville: Horizon Wine & Spirits acquired by Berkshire Hathaway unit

Nashville-based Horizon Wine & Spirits has agreed to be acquired by the McLane Co. of Temple, Texas, and Atlanta-based Empire Distributors, the companies have announced. The move expands McLane and Empire’s alcoholic-beverage distribution business into Tennessee. Horizon, founded in 1947, also has operations in Chattanooga and says it’s the state’s largest distributor of alcoholic beverages. […]

• McLane (Warren Buffett) applies to Virginia ABC for wine wholesaler, importer license

McLane Beverage Distribution Inc. has applied to the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control for a license to import and wholesale wine in Virginia. The address listed on the application is that of McLane Mid-Atlantic, one of the area’s biggest employers. From its Stafford County distribution center, McLane Mid-Atlantic distributes goods to grocers in Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, […]