· Virginia program escapes budget cuts: Virginia's wine board, which promotes the state's wineries, was spared from the extensive budget cuts that hit the state this year in the wake of the recession. Not every state program has been as fortunate. How did the wine programs survive? Virginia officials note that the wine board is self-funded from a tax on wine.
· Regional wine destinations: When North Americans visit wine country, where do they like to go? The obvious choices top the list in a survey conducted by the TripAdvisor Web site, but the second half of the top 10? They're all regional -- the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia, New York's Finger Lakes and Long Island, the Traverse City area in Michigan and Oak Grove, Va.