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Afternoon Brief, July 15

The Role of Nanotechnology in the Future of Wine Research: Early research into smart materials or magnetic nanoparticles to remove proteins and unwanted aromas has been promising and researchers say the technology could potentially be used to remove other wine faults such as smoke or cork taint in the future ...

Afternoon Brief, July 12

How to Stop Losing Half Your New Winery Club Members in First 15 Months: Churn may make great ice cream and butter, but churn in winery club membership can sour a significant source of sales for many North Coast wineries. Yet, modern tools for digesting the increasing flow of sales and consumer data can yield greater long-term revenue, according to marketing experts...

Afternoon Brief, July 11

Wine Industry Needs Improvement on Emergency Preparedness: The wine industry received a C+ grade on preparedness for catastrophic events, such as wildfires and earthquakes, that could potentially cripple a business, according to survey released Wednesday by Sonoma State University...

Afternoon Brief, July 10

UC Researchers Probe Mystery Vine Collapse: A team of researchers, headed by plant pathologists from University of California, Davis, is responding to a growing concern over a malady known simply as mysterious vine collapse...

Afternoon Brief, July 9

Napa Valley Vintners Becomes First North American Wine Trade Association to Commit to Porto Protocol: Building on a legacy of environmental leadership and their mission to "promote, protect and enhance" the Napa Valley, the Napa Valley Vintners (NVV) Board of Directors voted during their June 27 meeting to become signatories of the Porto Protocol...

Afternoon Brief, July 8

Canned Wine Producers See Proposed Rule Changes as a Chance to Expand Their Potential: Canned wines, which for the past few year have been turning the market upside-down, received a significant shout-out Wednesday from Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., who took a ride over to the Finger Lakes wine region and pushed for the end of size restrictions...

Afternoon Brief, July 5

Could Coca Cola Try to Buy Pernod Ricard’s Wine Brands?: Rumours started circulating around Pernod Ricards intention to sell its wine brands, which include Jacobs Creek, based out of the Barossa Valley, and other labels including Brancott Estate, Kenwood and Campo Viejo, earlier this year ...

Afternoon Brief, July 3

The Incredible Ways the 4th Industrial Revolution and AI Are Changing Winemaking: Could the Fourth Industrial Revolution change the wine industry? It already has and will continue to just like it has changed just about every other sector from healthcare to manufacturing to retail...

Afternoon Brief, July 2

'To-Kalon' Napa Valley Trademark Case Against Constellation Brands Gets Amended: An Oakville-based vintner filed an amended complaint late Monday in a trademark case against beverage giant Constellation brands over the right to use the historic To-Kalon name ...

Afternoon Brief, July 1

How Wine Became Part of the Trade War: In the escalating trade war that threatens the world economy, wine is a minor skirmish at most. But it has its own list of casualties -- especially vineyards in the U.S., and drinkers in China with a taste for their product ...

Afternoon Brief, June 28

Judge Tosses Napa Valley Vineyard Trademark Suit over 'To Kalon' Name: A federal judge in San Francisco on Thursday threw out a trademark suit brought an Oakville vintner against beverage giant Constellation Brands, the latest high-profile case in an long-running dispute over use of the famed To Kalon vineyard name...

Afternoon Brief, June 27

US Supreme Court Ruling Should Boost Digital Wine Sales: A U.S. Supreme Court ruling issued Wednesday has the potential to open digital wine sales to more states across the country. The court in a 7-to-2 decision struck down a Tennessee law that required wine retailers to live in the state for two years before they could apply for a permit to sell alcohol...

Afternoon Brief, June 26

U.S. Supreme Court Strikes Down Tennessee Residency Law; Opens Door for National Wine Retailer Shipping Challenges: Seven of the justices delivered a strong defense of the Constitution's Commerce Clause in the face of discriminatory state alcohol regulations...

Afternoon Brief, June 25

Bordeaux vs. Napa: What Is the Best Wine Region in the World? : In 1976, the Judgment of Paris shocked the wine world. In a blind tasting, an all-French panel of experts rated a California Cabernet above four top Bordeaux, elevating Napa from backwater to world class. We've created a rematch of sorts to see how these legendary regions stack up against each other now...

Afternoon Brief, June 24

California's 2017 Vintage Feels the Burn: Whenever dozens of people die in a natural disaster, it feels unseemly to discuss the manner in which it affects sectors of the luxury industry. And yet, it's inevitable...