Author Archives: Joel Whitaker

Vermont Craft Distiller Closed After Ownership Change

Buying a business can be tricky.  Especially an alcohol beverage business. Dan Hughes and associates learned that the hard way when the State of Vermont issued a cease-and-desist order to St. Johnsbury Distillery, Barnet, formerly known as Dunc’s Mill. “We … Continue reading

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Why People Drive When They Think They’re Over the Legal Limit

In a word, they think they’re okay to drive.  And they’re driving short distances and think they can drive carefully.  Or the just don’t think about it. That’s the results of a poll by the Traffic Injury Research Foundation.  The … Continue reading

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House Approves Tax Reform Legislation, Senate Poised to Act

No surprise: The House of Representatives, as expected, passed the Republican’s tax reform bill. It will create new winners and losers, but one thing is certain: For at least two years, bev/al producers will benefit from reductions in the federal excise tax on beer, wine and spirits. That assumes the bill actually becomes law.
The Senate is expected to pass the measure later today. Then, tomorrow, the House is likely to vote on the measure again because the House version violates some Senate rules.
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Wormtown Brewery Intros Beer Brewed with Dunkin’ Donuts Coffee

Wormtown is a local craft brewery in Worcester, Mass. In partnership with Dunkin’ Donuts, it’s launching DDark Roasted Brew, the first beer to be brewed with Dunkin’ Donuts Dark Roast coffee beans. Continue reading

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Vincent Indelicato Dies at 84

Vincent (Vince) Indelicato, who spent his childhood working in the Manteca cellars and vineyards of Delicato Family Vineyards, which had been founded by his father Gaspare Indelicato and his uncle Sebastiano Luppino, in 1924, died Dec. 17. He was 84

Currently in its fourth-generation of family members, Delicato has grown to rank among the top ten wineries in the United States in volume and farms over 3,800 acres of family-owned vineyards. Continue reading

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WineAmerica Economic Impact Study

The first economic impact study of the entire U.S. wine industry finds it contributes $219.9 billion to the U.S. economy.  Joel Whitaker interview Jim Trezise, president of WineAmerica, which contracted the study, and John Duham, the economist who compiled it.

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