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Afternoon Brief, February 21

As Low-End Wine Prices Fall, Premium Varieties Likely Won't Budge: If you're a connoisseur of fine wine, don't expect to get the same price breaks that are starting to appear among cheaper varieties...

Afternoon Brief, February 20

When Amazon Hasn't Cracked the Code on Online Alcohol, How Can Grocers? : 2019 was a year filled with retail innovation, especially within grocery. Between robot delivery services and experiential pop-ups, it would seem as though we've mastered our understanding of consumer behavior and created products and services to meet those needs...

Afternoon Brief, February 19

Five New and Innovative Products from This Year’s Unified Trade Show: ASEV promised that this year's Unified Wine & Grape Symposium was going to be big, and it was. The trade show stretched across four buildings at the Cal Expo plus an outdoor exhibit area...

Afternoon Brief, February 18

Wine vs. Weed in Napa Valley: Napa Valley is famous for its cabernet sauvignon. But with the cannabis industry moving in fast, some of the region's storied vintners are sounding the alarm that California's newest legal crop could damage the flavor - and brand - of their prized wines...

Afternoon Brief, February 17

EU Wine and Spirits Avoid Tariff Hike but 25% Duties Remain: The US government has announced that current tariffs on still wines made in France, Germany, Spain and the UK, as well as Scotch whisky, will remain in place, but that duties will not be raised to 100%...

Afternoon Brief, February 14

The country is now virtually closed to foreign travel and in the words of Alexandre Ricard, Pernod Ricards CEO: Night clubs and night bars are all closed in China and those bars and restaurants that are not closed are empty ...

Afternoon Brief, February 13

This week, the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) will make another decision regarding the 25% tariffs it imposed on certain European Union (E.U.) wines and goods last year ...

Afternoon Brief, February 12

A new Hard Six Cellars winery cannot be built in a remote, mountainous location south of Calistoga, the Napa County Board of Supervisors ruled on Tuesday ...

Afternoon Brief, February 11

California's winegrowers may have reached a ceiling the 2019 grape crush was 9.1 percent smaller than the record 2018 crush, and is the smallest overall since 2011, according to the California Department of Food & Agriculture ...

Afternoon Brief, February 10

The value of the North Coast grape crop slid to $1.7 billion last year, down 15% from 2018 as wine sales leveled off across the United States and wineries reacted by crushing less fruit, according to the annual California grape harvest report released on Monday ...

Afternoon Brief, February 7

Every aspect of the wine and winegrape industry, from science and technology to trends and markets, came under the microscope as experts, economists, scientists and researchers from around the world shared their perspectives with thousands of industry professionals at the 26th Unified Wine & Grape Symposium (Unified), which wrapped up here today ...

Afternoon Brief, February 6

$163 Billion Grape Industry at Risk Due to Spread of Grapevine Red Blotch Virus with No Known Treatment: $3 million grant given to institutions in California and Oregon to address unknowns of disease and mitigate its effects on grape production, wine quality...

Afternoon Brief, February 5

Reaching Out to Wine's Lost Generations Wine companies are desperately trying to reach the Millennials and Gen Z, but have they tried actually talking to them?

Afternoon Brief, February 4

Unraveling the Master Sommelier Exam Cheating Scandal More than a year after the scandal that rocked the wine world in 2018, candidates and Master Sommeliers are still fighting for change...

Afternoon Brief, February 3

John Hinman on the Consequences of Supreme Court Ruling on Nationwide Direct-to-Retailer Shipments: Has the time come for small and medium wineries to move beyond the 3-tier distribution system? Should they build direct-to-retailer (DTR) networks across states just as they have developed direct-to-consumer businesses?