Big Cork Vineyards, located in western Maryland, has been winning awards for its wines in national competitions under winemaker Dave Collins. The winery is also seeing increased traffic to its tasting room despite the lack of other wineries nearby to draw attention, Collins said.
English cricket legend Sir Ian Botham is lending his name to a line of wines from around the world, to be unveiled at the London Wine Fair next May. The sparkling wine in the line will be English, but no producer has been chosen yet.
Only a handful of distilleries still make rum in Madeira, the Portuguese island off the coast of Africa that is known for its fortified wine. While a decline in sugar plantations sent the rum business into difficult times, the island now hosts a rum festival and distiller Engenho Novo Da Madeira is showing off its products in international markets.
Liquor sales have increased in the five years since Washington ended the state monopoly on store sales, but some customers still complain about high prices. Some small liquor store operators who formerly worked with the state say business has been tough since the change.
Grocery delivery services Shipt and Instacart have grown significantly since Amazon's acquisition of Whole Foods Market, as supermarket chains around the country rushed to implement online shopping options. Instacart will be operating in more than 170 markets by year's end, and Shipt plans to be in 140 markets by the end of next year.
Napa Valley vintner Jayson Woodbridge has sold the Layer Cake, Cherry Pie and If You See Kay labels to Vintage Wine Estates of Santa Rosa, Calif. "We're looking at ways to get bigger and to do it in the most cost-efficient manner," said Pat Roney, president of Vintage Wine Estates.
The meal kit market has reached a value of $5 billion, according to Packaged Facts, and many retailers are forming partnerships with third parties to give meal kit offerings a try. Walmart now sells meal kits from several brands online, and Tops Markets and Gelson's have both teamed up with Chef'd to add meal kit options.
Winegrowing regions are grappling with how climate change could shift their business plans, Dan Berger writes. Areas of New Zealand are considering switching to warmer-weather grapes, while parts of Argentina are concerned about long-term access to water.
Costieres de Nimes in France's southern Rhone Valley offers enjoyable and rich red wines from grenache, mourvedre and syrah grapes, Anna Lee C. Iijima writes. The region's melting pot of local influences is reflected in the blended wines, she writes.