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Afternoon Brief, February 1

Malibu Winery Sues Electricity Company After Fire: Cielo Farms winery, along with multiple homeowners, filed a suit at the Los Angeles Superior Court on Tuesday (29 January), blaming Southern California Edison (SCE) for the losses caused by the Woolsey Fire ...

Afternoon Brief, January 9

Constellation Brands Plunges Most in Six Years on Forecast Cut: Constellation Brands Inc., the alcohol giant betting big on the cannabis industry, plunged the most since 2013 after the company cut its profit outlook and indicated its beer business is slowing down...

Fourth Annual Willamette: The Pinot Noir Auction to Feature Unique Lots...

(December 5, 2018; Portland, OR)—Willamette Valley Pinot noir will be the talk of the wine industry on April 6, 2019, when the nation’s top...

Afternoon Brief, November 30

Napa Vintner, Oregon Officials Meet to Defuse Wine-Labeling Dispute: Oregon regulators and a California winery accused of misrepresenting the Oregon origins of its bestselling pinot noir, an act which infuriated local winemakers, said Thursday after a preliminary meeting they're hopeful they can resolve the dispute...

Afternoon Brief, November 1

Joe Wagner Responds to Copper Cane Controversy: Copper Cane founder Joe Wagner has largely stayed quiet and out of the press as controversy swirls around his using of Oregon place names on his wines. In early October, he agreed to a lengthy phone interview with Oregon Wine Press; what follows are excerpts from that conversation...

Afternoon Brief, October 1

Michigan’s Protectionist Wine Shipping Ban Ruled Unconstitutional by Federal Court: On Friday the United States District Court Eastern District of Michigan ruled Michigan's discriminatory ban on wine shipments from out-of-state retailers is unconstitutional and enjoined Michigan from enforcing the ban on out of state retailer shipping...

Afternoon Brief, September 18

Warren Winiarski Awarded American Wine Legend Wine Star Award by Wine Enthusiast: Wine Enthusiast magazine is awarding Warren Winiarski its Wine Star for American Wine Legend at this years Wine Star Awards held in January 2019. The award recognizes Winiarski's legacy in the wine industry as well as his many contributions to...

Afternoon Brief, September 13

Making the Most of Dwindling Customer Engagement Opportunities: The biggest difference between tasting rooms and wine clubs that perform beyond expectation and those that don't, is an organizational commitment to employee training, according to the 2017 VinQuest direct to consumer benchmark report...

Afternoon Brief, May 3

Gallo Acquires Rancho Real Vineyard An affiliate of E. & J. Gallo Winery announced today it has purchased Rancho Real Vineyard in the Santa Maria Valley appellation of Santa Barbara County...

Afternoon Brief, May 2

From Petaluma Gap to the Sonoma Valley, Wine Appellations Baffle Some Wine shoppers looking for a wine to have with dinner face an often bewildering array of label information. There is the winery name, varietal, alcohol content and then there are the place names, known on American wines as American Viticultural Areas or AVAs...

Afternoon Brief, January 19

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: Richard Kunde, Champion of Sonoma County Wine, Agriculture, Dies at 75 Richard Kunde, the generous and sociable scion...

Afternoon Brief, October 31

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: Acquisitions Impact on North Coast Grape Growers Hard to Predict Due to Market “Hesitation” Glenn Proctor has been...

Afternoon Brief, October 26

California's Wildfires and the Complexities of Wine in America The fires that ravaged Northern California have provided an opportunity to see the reality behind our romantic visions of wine country...

Afternoon Brief, July 20

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: How an Important Central Coast Vineyard Fought Off the Alamo Fire Two of the current wildfire season's biggest...

Afternoon Brief, May 23

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: Brown-Forman Not Interested in Selling to Constellation Constellation Brands, the owner of Corona and Svedka Vodka, has made...