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Afternoon Brief, April 15th

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France’s Wine Regions Start Counting the Cost of April’s Bitter Frost Damage: There’s nothing new about an April frost in France, but precocious ripening of vine buds earlier on in the growing cycle is becoming increasingly common due to global warming. Combined, the two have had a devastating effect on wine producers throughout France...

Afternoon Brief, April 14th

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Wine Industry Sales Symposium Opens Registration: Wine Industry Network (WIN) announced today that registration is now open for the Wine Industry Sales Symposium, a two-day educational conference focused on both wholesale and the direct-to-consumer sales channels. The virtual event is scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday, May 25th and 26th, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. PST. Registration is free for wine industry professionals...

Afternoon Brief, April 13th

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California Wine Growers on a Tightrope? Annual Survey Results In: Wine grape growers, like most fruit growers, are fiercely independent. Just ask Jeff Bitter. For the past several years, the president of  Allied Grape Growers has tried to get the message across that the industry has to deal with an oversupply of wine grapes that drives down prices...

Afternoon Brief, April 12th

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Sonoma County Wine Industry Group to Expel Dominic Foppoli's Winery Following Sexual Assault Allegations: The Russian River Winegrowers are the first in the wine industry to formally distance themselves from the Windsor mayor and vintner...

Afternoon Brief, April 9th

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Constellation’s Wine Premiumization Strategy Is Starting to Pay Off: Constellation’s STZ +0.2% sell-off of its lower-priced wine brands to E&J Gallo seems to be paying off in terms of promoting their “premiumization” strategy in the wine arena...

Afternoon Brief, April 8th

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Four Women Say Windsor Mayor Dominic Foppoli, ‘Prince’ of Wine Country, Sexually Assaulted Them: In the summer of 2019, Rose Fumoso left her home in southern France to intern at a Sonoma County winery, where the 21-year-old greeted customers in the tasting room and assessed the ripeness of grapes from the vineyard. As the season wound down in September, a friend invited Fumoso to a party celebrating the end of harvest...

Afternoon Brief, April 7th

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The Bollinger Family to Acquire Ponzi Vineyards: The Bollinger family, owners of iconic Champagne Bollinger in addition to four other historic estates in France, announce the upcoming acquisition of their first winery in the United States, with the purchase of Oregon’s famed Ponzi Vineyards...

Afternoon Brief, April 6th

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Jackson versus Gallo: Label Wars 2: Two wine giants are squaring off over a labeling spat in a follow-up to a similar lawsuit in the '90s...

Afternoon Brief, April 5th

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Mess on the High Seas: That Imported Wine You Want Might Be Stuck on a Boat: U.S. importers are struggling to find freighter space for their wines, as they feel the rippling effects of tariffs and the COVID-19 pandemic...

Afternoon Brief, April 2nd

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Napa’s Wine Industry Seeks Legislative Aid for Labor, Fire Concerns: Napa Valley’s wine industry is asking the government at all levels to help it recover from economic and labor issues exacerbated by the chaos of 2020...

Afternoon Brief, April 1st

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When Smoke Gets in Your Wine: With so much at stake in the world’s wine industry, UC Davis researchers are focused closely on mitigating the effects of climate change in viticulture...

Afternoon Brief, March 31st

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Constellation Brands Announces Establishments of a Dedicated Fine Wine & Craft Spirits Business Unit: Constellation Brands, Inc., a leading beverage alcohol company, today announced the promotions of three leaders in the company’s wine and spirits division and the establishment of a dedicated business unit focused on its Fine Wine & Craft Spirits brands...

Afternoon Brief, March 30th

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For First Time, Beer Imports Topped Wine Imports In 2020: For the first time ever, the value of beer imported into the United States was greater in 2020 than the value for wine. Covid-19 story? Actually, no...

Afternoon Brief, March 29th

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It’s in the Can: Premium Wine with a DTC Model, Celebrating Diverse Producers: So, you think wine in cans is a slick joke? Think again. Maker Wine Company, co-founded by Stanford Business School classmates Sarah Hoffman and Kendra Kawala, is out to change minds, one sip at a time...

Afternoon Brief, March 26th

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Winery Wildfires: How Record Wildfires Are Impacting Wineries Today: The events of recent years have truly tested the resilience of wineries. Wildfires dominating headlines in wine country since 2017 were interrupted briefly by the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, only to return again – and with a record-breaking vengeance...