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Afternoon Brief, July 9

Michigan Slaps Liquor Distributor with 'Historic' $3 Million Fine: A spirits distributor tied to a 2019 liquor shortage in Michigan will face a $3 million fine, which state officials labeled "historic" and "unprecedented" in a Wednesday announcement...

Afternoon Brief, July 8

Trump’s Tariffs on European Wine Backfire on US Wine Industry: Last year the Trump administration placed a 25% tariff on a broad section of European wines as part of the WTO judgement against the European Union (EU) in the Airbus subsidy dispute, which the US argued unfairly disadvantaged US based Boeing...

Afternoon Brief, July 7

Napa County Again to Close Wine Tasting, Restaurant Indoor Dining as Coronavirus Cases Spike: Starting Thursday, Napa County is on track to again shut down dine-in restaurants, bars, wine tasting rooms and other businesses amid a sharp increase in coronavirus cases...

Afternoon Brief, July 6

Gallo Sues Napa's Amourvino Winery Over Breach of Contract: E. & J. Gallo Winery is suing Amourvino Winery over an alleged failure to pay almost $80,000 for five and a half tons of Cabernet Sauvignon grapes harvested from Gallo’s Stagecoach Vineyards, according to a lawsuit filed in Napa County Superior Court...

Afternoon Brief, July 2

Sunset International Wine Competition 2020 Announces Results: The results of the 2020 Sunset International Wine Competition are in, and Gracianna Wines, Russian River Valley, is celebrating a Best of Show win for their 2018 Gracianna Wines Reserve Pinot Noir, $76...

Afternoon Brief, July 1

Gov. Newsom Orders Indoor Restaurants, Wineries, Movie Theaters to Close in Most of CA: Effective immediately, California is instructing certain sectors to close indoor operations for all counties that have been on the state's watch list for three consecutive days...

Afternoon Brief, June 30

Tony Terlato, a Giant in the U.S. Wine Industry, Dies at 86: From working in his dad's retail store to building a leading wine distribution and import firm to producing wines in four countries, Terlato focused on giving consumers quality...

Afternoon Brief, June 29

Pandemic Puts Twist on Vineyard Plantings: John Duarte runs the largest permanent crops nursery in the country and has seen his share of ups and downs since his family opened its namesake business in California’s Central Valley in 1989...

Afternoon Brief, June 26

Courtwatch: Class Action Lawsuit Claims Copper Cane's Elouan Brand Deceives Buyers: Copper Cane has been hit with a proposed class action lawsuit alleging the company misled wine buyers because the 2017 Elouan Pinot Noir made representations on the labels, boxes, and marketing materials that the wine was made in the state of Oregon, or in the specific AVAs listed on the product's packaging but was vinified and bottled in the Napa Valley in California...

Afternoon Brief, June 25

California Winegrape Growers Expected to Suffer $437 Million in Lost Sales This Fall Due to COVID-19: California winegrape growers could suffer at least $437 million in lost sales from this year’s grape harvest due to COVID-19 related economic disruptions...

Afternoon Brief, June 24

The Evolution of Premium Canned Wine: How a growing number of boutique, sustainably-minded wine producers are carving an upscale niche in the canned category...

Afternoon Brief, June 23

When Will Big Beverage Alcohol Retailers Get Serious About eCommerce?: According to Nielsen, alcoholic beverage eCommerce has seen ten consecutive weeks of triple digit year over year growth since the beginning of the Coronavirus crisis...

Afternoon Brief, June 22

Uncertain Futures for Smaller Wineries Post-COVID: Big wine has been muscling independents out for years in the world's largest wine market – COVID exacerbates the trend...

Afternoon Brief, June 19

Time to Take Tariffs Threat Seriously: The US wine trade – and the media – needs to start learning the facts behind the latest tariff threat...

Afternoon Brief, June 18

Southern Oregon Starts June Ahead of Historically Hot 2015 Vintage: As Northwest wine country officially enters summer, the forecast for the region signals a return to warmer-than-average conditions and growing concern about the extended drought conditions in some corners...