September 5th, 2013 issue #1236

September 5th, 2013
  • The 67-cent felony: A veteran winemaker runs afoul of the ABC

    Long before vineyards became agriculture du jour in Virginia, Mike Bowles planted grapevines in 1977,  and he claims he's Albemarle's first farm winery operator. Thirty years later, he wanted to be a pioneer again and hop on the craft-distillery trend to make the Italian spirit grappa from his chardonnay grape leftovers. Instead, he's earned a more dubious distinction as possibly the first person to get busted while applying for a federal distillery license. Under Virginia's Alcoholic Beverage Control regs, that could cost him his license to make wine at all.

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The Dish

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Real Estate - On the Block

  • Spotlight on Ivy

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Real Estate Property auctions

  • Property auctions

    September 10 at 12:15pm at the Albemarle Courthouse Property: 7534 Esmont Road Debtor: Mary E. Haney and Sallie L. Slater Original amount owing: $32,821 Bidder brings: $3,...

Movie Reviews


  • Table of contents

    COVERWinery woesMike Bowles has a long history of successful winemaking in Virginia, but his efforts to open a distillery landed him in hot water with the ABC— and could ...


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