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Hart Davis Hart optimistic about wine market

After buoyant wine auctions that saw booming sales, most auctioneers believe the only bubbles in the wine market are in the Champagnes poured during the bidding.

Chicago-based wine merchants Hart Davis Hart reaped $4.9 million at its Lafite auction Saturday, reinforcing its image as the most sought-after, top growth Bordeaux. And on the same day New York’s Acker Merrall & Conduit sold $2.3 million at its auction.

“I don’t see prices going anywhere significantly except up,” said John Kapon, its head of auctions. Get the full story »

Wine auctioneer Hart Davis Hart sees sales rise

Chicago-based Hart Davis Hart reported its yearly wine auction sales totaled $39.2 million, a 63 percent increase over 2009. Get the full story »

American Airlines to offer happy hour on flights

American Airlines will be hosting happy hour on certain flights during the month of December.

The company said Wednesday it will be selling cocktails, beer and wine for $5 on domestic, Canada, Caribbean and Mexico flights scheduled to depart between 5 p.m. and 5:59 p.m. The $5 price represents a discount of $1 on beer and $2 on liquor and wine. Passengers on American Airlines, American Eagle and AmericanConnection flights can take advantage of the promotion, which lasts the duration of the flight.

There was no mention of peanuts. Get the full story »

Starbucks puts the bar into barista in Seattle

Something new is on the menu at a renovated Starbucks in Seattle: beer and wine.

A  store that reopened Monday is the first under the Starbucks brand to offer alcohol. Get the full story »

Starbucks testing wine, beer, meals, new colors

In this photo from April 27, 2010, customers visit a redesigned New York Starbucks located in the SoHo neighborhood. Starbucks plans to redesign some stores by combining separate elements from nearly a dozen locations around the globe. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)

Starbucks’ “Olive Way” laboratory store near Seattle will be the coffee chain’s biggest percolator yet for ideas that the world’s largest coffee company has been testing separately at nearly a dozen locations around the globe. And what succeeds at Olive Way will most likely be spread to other Starbucks stores around the country.

With muted, earthy colors, an indoor-outdoor fireplace, cushy chairs, and a menu with wine from the Pacific Northwest’s vineyards and beer from local craft brewers, this 2,500-square-foot shop in the Capitol Hill neighborhood will reopen in the fall with espresso machines in the middle.

“It’s going to feel very different,” said Kris Engskov, Starbucks’ regional vice president.