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Afternoon Brief, December 6

California North Coast Wine Grape Growers Should Recognize Shift in Winery Demand, Broker Says: While the storm clouds of recession may be looming two to three years out for the overall U.S. economy, the wine business in the North Coast and elsewhere in California should be taking action now as consumer sales slow and the supply of grapes and wine in tanks increases, according to experts at an industry conference in Santa Rosa on Thursday ...

Afternoon Brief, December 4

IWSR Predicts Declining Volumes but Increasing Value in the Global Wine Market: IWSR is forecasting that the volume of still wine sold across the globe will decline by 0.1 per cent per annum and value will increase by 0.8 per cent per annum from 2018 to 2023. The still wine share of total wine sales is predicted to fall marginally by volume from 89 to 88 per cent but maintain its value share at 83 per cent of sales ...

Afternoon Brief, December 3

US Threatens to Raise French Wine Tariffs ‘Up to 100%’: US trade officials said they were considering imposing import tariffs of up to 100% on certain French products, with a provisional list including sparkling wine made from grapes and many types of cheese, from Roquefort to Gruyèr ...

Afternoon Brief, December 2

Taking the Direct Route to Wine: Direct to Consumer (DtC) sales are rapidly growing in the US as more states relax their rules, benefiting both producer and consumer alike. However, treasury departments nationwide also stand to benefit from the host of taxes, fees, licenses and permits that individual states can impose ...

Afternoon Brief, November 27

Thanksgiving ‘Biggest Opportunity’ for Wine in US On-Trade Nielsen Shows: According to the Nielsen CGA Channel Strategy Report 2019 and Nielsen CGA On-Premise User Survey (OPUS) 2019, wine sales outperforms spirits, beer, cocktails and soft drinks during the week of Thanksgiving, with 39% of US consumers choosing to drink wine when out-of-home during the November holiday ...

Afternoon Brief, November 26

The Ups and Downs of the 2019 Global Bulk Wine Market: In anticipation of the World Bulk Wine Exhibition (WBWE) in Amsterdam this coming December 2-3, the California-based global wine and grape broker, Ciatti, released its 2019 harvest and bulk wine report...

Afternoon Brief, November 25

A Historic Harvest and a Changing Market: Napa's Growers Navigate Grape Glut: They're the classic drivers of any market: supply and demand. Experts say that unfavorable conditions in both have presented the region's wine industry with a grape glut - a challenge in the form of oversupply...

Afternoon Brief, November 22

In Napa Valley, Winemakers Fight Climate Change on All Fronts: Every wine region has had to deal with some manifestation of climate change, but few have had to deal with as many devastating consequences as Napa Valley. On Labor Day 2017, as the weeks-long harvest was getting underway, the temperature reached 43 deg C here in the heart of cabernet sauvignon country ...

Afternoon Brief, November 21

Three Perspectives on the Challenges of the North Coast Wine Industry: Dire warnings, cautions, and stories winegrowers beginning to feel the pinch of a stagnating wine market have emerged through the harvest season. It's clear, growers and winemakers may have to make hard adjustments for the 2020 market conditions ...

Afternoon Brief, November 20

The Vineyard House Asks Court for an Injunction to Prevent Constellation Brands from Misleading Consumers with To Kalon Labeled Wines: The Vineyard House, LLC (TVH) filed a motion for a preliminary injunction seeking to enjoin Constellation Brands U.S. Operations, Inc. from selling wines labeled under the brand name To Kalon Vineyard Company, alleging that Constellation was misleading consumers ...

Afternoon Brief, November 19

E. & J. Gallo Winery Purchases Napa's Pahlmeyer Winery: E. & J. Gallo, the Modesto-based wine giant, has purchased yet another Napa Valley brand: Pahlmeyer Winery. The acquisition is the latest for Gallo, already the world's largest winery...

Afternoon Brief, November 18

Wine Moguls Destroy Land and Pay Small Fines as Cost of Business, Say Activists: After California wine industry mogul Hugh Reimers illegally destroyed at least 140 acres of forest, meadow and stream in part to make way for new vineyards sometime last winter, according to a report from state investigators, state officials ordered the former executive of Jackson Family Wines to repair and mitigate the damage where possible ...

Afternoon Brief, November 15

Wildfires Make Winery Coverage Too Hot for Some Insurers to Handle: The North Bay wine industry is feeling the heat from recent wildfires, but not how you might think. Insurance experts say that as part of a wider company review the international insurance house Lloyds of London stopped underwriting what are known as stock-throughput policies for larger, premier wineries in the region because of the seemingly annual risk to wine production and storage caused by wildfires...

Afternoon Brief, November 14

Five Award Winning Innovations for the Wine Industry: Innovation often happens when a new or growing problem needs to be addressed, but sometimes it happens just because someone brings a new perspective and imagination to the industry...

Afternoon Brief, November 13

Wine Industry Award Winners Announced - Winners of the 7th Annual Wine, Spirits and Beer Industry Awards have been announced by the North Bay Business Journal. The awards recognize individuals, as well as suppliers, for their contributions to the industry. They will be honored at a Business Journal event later this month ...