Weekly Food Notes: Virginia Wine News, Oystoberfest + More

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Clean slate: City Council approved a deal last week to stop collection on a $61,118 bill in disputed back taxes that the city was charging Hardywood Park Craft Brewery.

Rent time: Doug Muir, owner of the now-closed Short Pump Village Shopping Center restaurant, Bella’s Italian, and Bellas Richmond LLC are being sued by the property’s landlord for allegedly defaulting on the restaurant’s lease, Richmond BizSense reports.

Wine news: Sales of Virginia wine have reached an all-time high, Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced last week. More than 524,000 cases of wine — that’s around 6.5 million bottles — have been sold this year, up 2 percent from last year.

Beer news: Virginia breweries won 10 medals at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver. Strangeways Brewing was there, and Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery won a silver medal in the chili beer category for its Heir Apparent variety.

Happenings: Oystoberfest brings its brininess to St. Thomas Episcopal Church at 3602 Hawthorne Ave. on Oct. 17 from noon until 6 p.m. Beer, brats and oysters from the Rappahannock Oyster Co. will be on hand in abundance along with music and a kids’ zone. oystoberfest.com. … 7 Hills Brewing Co. is now open in Shockoe Bottom, but The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that a snafu in applying for a permit with the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control means the brewpub won’t be able to sell its own beer until early October. 7hillsrva.com.

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