An experiment in the age-old art of winemaking began on Wednesday as a California winery submerged four cases of Cabernet Sauvignon in Charleston Harbor to see how the ocean affects the aging of the wine. Mira Winery of St. Helena, Calif., placed the bottles of wine in yellow steel mesh cages and then submerged them offshore in an undisclosed location. In three months, the wine will be removed and subjected to chemical tests and tasting by experts to see what differences it has from wine aged on land. The winery could produce and sell underwater-aged wine in the future if the trial goes well. (Miami Herald)
The U.S. Justice Department and Anheuser-Busch InBev, which have been embroiled in a court fight over whether AB InBev can expand its stake in Mexican brewer Grupo Modelo, asked a court on Wednesday for a short delay as the two sides hold settlement talks. (Reuters)
It's up to a judge whether a first-of-its-kind size limit on sodas and other sugary drinks will take effect in three weeks. Beverage-makers and sellers, seeking to hold off enforcement while a lawsuit plays out, faced off in court Wednesday with city officials. Manhattan state Supreme Court Justice Milton Tingling didn't immediately rule or say when he would. (Associated Press via San Francisco Chronicle)
A West Michigan economic development agency has landed $20,000 from the state to study expanded cultivation of Michigan-grown hops as a way to boost the booming craft beer industry’s supply chain in state. Rick Chapla with The Right Place Inc. of Grand Rapids said the state money from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation is expected to arrive in the coming weeks under the framework of developing regional collaborations. (MLive.com)
Coca-Cola Says All Products Sold to Consumers in China Are Safe By Bloomberg News - Feb 20, 2013 10:00 AM ET Facebook Share LinkedIn Google +1 0 Comments Print QUEUE Q Coca-Cola Co., the world’s largest soft-drink maker, said that all of its products sold in China are safe, after local media reported some imported items failed to meet Chinese quality standards. Some products, including fruit and vegetable juice concentrates that Coca-Cola imported into China late last year, were destroyed due to chemical contents or returned, the Chinese-language Economic Daily reported on its website today, citing the nation’s quality regulator. (Bloomberg)
The National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) applauds the introduction of H.R. 498, legislation to reauthorize the Sober Truth on Preventing (STOP) Underage Drinking Act, by Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA) along with Reps. Frank Wolf (VA) and Rosa DeLauro (CT). “The STOP Act is an integral part of the fight against underage drinking because it ensures that federal, state and local governments have tools and information they need to prevent alcohol purchase and consumption by those who are not of legal drinking age,” said NBWA President & CEO Craig Purser.