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  • Erin Murphy Times Bureau

DES MOINES — Small Iowa liquor distillers may soon be toasting a new state law that would permit them to sell their product on site.

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Recommendations for updating Iowa's liquor laws would level the playing field in the state's alcohol industry, according to Garrett Burchett, …

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  • Erin Murphy Times Bureau

URBANDALE, Iowa — A state task force comprised of stakeholders from across the alcoholic beverages industry met Friday to take a first, introd…

  • Kate Murphy Quad-City Times wine writer

There is an ongoing debate involving screw-caps and the cork and some would insinuate that wines with screw caps are not up to par for their p…

  • Erin Murphy Times Bureau

DES MOINES — When Bettendorf brothers Mike and Matt Blaum decided in 2013 to open a whiskey distillery, they chose Galena, Ill., in part becau…

A bus tour to the hidden treasures of Jo Daviess County, Ill., including a mansion, historic site and winery, will be Thursday, Aug. 28, spons…

  • Doug Smith

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The British period drama "Downton Abbey," which returns to television on many Public Broadcasting Service stations in January, has become a gl…

  • Doug Schorpp

Creekside Vineyards Winery & Inn bed and breakfast in rural Coal Valley, Ill., has begun selling wine made with homegrown grapes.

  • Doug Schorpp

COAL VALLEY, Ill. — Creekside Vineyards Inn bed and breakfast will open Sunday in rural Coal Valley at 7505 120th Ave. There will be an open h…