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1/17/2018

Takahide Sugimoto came from Japan to work in California and fell in love with its wines after his first taste at the age of 44. Now the label, owned by him and his wife, Miyoko, sells California wines, but only in Japan.

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1/17/2018

Port-makers such as Taylor Fladgate still stomp their grapes, a process that takes hours and can be taxing. A little up-tempo music at the end of the evening helps keep the feet moving, Carey Jones found.

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Saveur online
1/17/2018

Wines affiliated with the original comic book for "The Walking Dead" seem to have their labels come alive with action when the right smartphone app is used to scan them. The wines, a "blood red" blend and a cabernet sauvignon, are produced by Treasury Wine Estates.

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Food & Wine online
1/17/2018

The color pink in spreading beyond the rose wine boom into spirits and cocktails. Spirits producers such as The Bitter Truth and Dillon's have adopted a rosy-hued gin, and liqueurs Lillet Rose and Giffard Creme de Pamplemousse Rose can be enjoyed straight or as a mixer.

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1/17/2018

Australia has complained to the World Trade Organization that rules on wines in Canada and several of its provinces are unfair to importers. Australia could, if the process goes forward, ask the WTO to make a ruling on the challenge.

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BBC
1/17/2018

Destin, Fla., is poised to consider changes to its Sunday alcohol sales ordinance, which blocks sales from 4 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sundays. "It's hurting the convenience stores and, frankly, it doesn't make a whole lot of sense in my opinion," said Councilman Parker Destin.

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The Destin Log (Fla.)
1/16/2018

Amazon could become the largest grocery retailer by 2030, especially if it continues to boost its growth through acquisitions, according to business analyst Brittain Ladd. Amazon needs to grow its grocery infrastructure and could do so by acquiring another national chain such as Target, Ladd said.

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Fox Business
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1/16/2018

Fairway Market will work with FutureProof Retail to deploy an app that allows customers to scan their items for line-free checkout. The app should add convenience for customers and free up more time for staff members to serve them, said Dorothy Carlow, chief marketing officer of Fairway.

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Progressive Grocer
1/16/2018

Diageo, maker of Johnnie Walker Scotch, has reportedly filed to trademark the name "Jane Walker" for a broad range of spirits. The company has offered no clues as to which products may use Johnnie's female counterpart.

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TMZ
1/16/2018

Traits of leaders with high emotional intelligence include being empathetic, positive and authentic, and they practice those traits whenever possible, writes Joel Garfinkle. "Beyond work, think of ways to apply yourself at home, in social and community situations," he writes.

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