Heavy smoke has forced almost all of the dozen wineries in Ventura County, Calif., to close, but none had been reported damaged so far by the wildfires roaring in Southern California. The Moraga Estate near L.A., owned by Fox mogul Rupert Murdoch, was protected from the flames by firefighters, but a small building with 200 cases of wine was lost.
A shopping center in Kansas City, Mo., is home to the glittering Monarch Bar, one of the nation's 10 best new bars, according to a recent VinePair survey. Other new bars in the top 10 include Los Angeles' Birds & Bees and Seattle's Navy Strength.
The Italian liqueur rosolio fell out of favor and was replaced largely by vermouth, but many in the countryside still made the traditional spirit. A modern revival of it is provided in Italicus, which features rose petals and bergamot citrus.
Petaluma Gap has become the 18th appellation to be recognized in Sonoma County, Calif., as an American Viticultural Area by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau. It's a 4,000-acre part of the southern side of the county, mostly planted now with pinot noir.
Warburn Estate of Australia has recalled about a dozen wine vintages sold in the country under the Rumours, Gossip and Wine Gang labels after reports of glass chips in bottles. There are no reports that the wines were exported from the country.
After five years of waiting, Old Glory Distilling of Clarksville, Tenn., began bottling its first batch of bourbon on Wednesday. Preorders for the public to buy the $39.99, 375-milliliter bottles will be allowed starting Sunday.
Wilmington, Del., has passed an ordinance that will allow liquor stores to be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays. Previously, legal hours were from noon to 4 p.m.
Wildfires in Ventura County, Calif., this week have threatened a major growing area for avocados and lemons, but industry groups say it's too early to assess the extent of the damage to crops. The county is home to more than one-third of the state's avocado acreage and supplies about 80% of California's lemon harvest.
A blend of dried red chiles, garlic and shredded coconut can spice up any vegetable, Tejal Rao writes of the combination known as massolu in Indian cuisine. The mixture can be ground in a mortar and pestle before being sauteed in a hot pan and mixed in with cooked vegetables such as green beans, roasted cauliflower or butternut squash.