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Afternoon Brief, June 12th

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Sonoma County Wine Auction to Be Hosted at Historic Chateau St. Jean Winery: Sonoma County Vintners Foundation is delighted to announce that the charitable Sonoma County Wine Auction has been renamed as the Sonoma County Wine Celebration and will be held at the beautiful Chateau St. Jean Winery on Saturday, September 21...

Afternoon Brief, June 11th

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Spotted Lanternfly Egg Masses Intercepted in California: The California Association of Winegrape Growers (CAWG) is bringing attention to the discovery of recent Spotted Lanternfly (SLF) egg masses on a shipment originating from New York and destined for Sonoma County. The egg masses were intercepted at the Truckee Border Protection Station in late March. This is the first finding of SLF egg masses in California...

Afternoon Brief, June 10th

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Warren Winiarski, Famed Napa Valley Winemaker, Dies at 95: Warren Winiarski, co-founder with his wife Barbara of the famed Stag's Leap Wine Cellars, passed away June 7, 2024, as he was preparing for his 60th harvest in the Napa Valley... :

Afternoon Brief, June 7th

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Bars and Nightclubs Beware! The Drug Testing Regime Starts on July 1st and You Must Be Ready: Starting July 1, 2024, holders of a Type 48 (bars and nightclubs that do not sell food) license issued by the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) must be able to provide drug testing devices to customers, as stated in Business and Professions Code § 25624...

Afternoon Brief, June 6th

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China, US and India Lead Path to Recovery for Global Alcohol Market: Global beverage alcohol is expected to begin its recovery in 2025, according to new data and forecasts from IWSR, with three markets in particular driving growth...

Afternoon Brief, June 5th

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Feds Grill Ex-Workers from Iconic NYC Wine Shop Sherry-Lehmann as Fraud Probe Heats Up: The feds may be close to putting a cork in their year-long probe of iconic wine shop Sherry-Lehmann — and potentially bringing charges against its former owners for allegedly scamming customers out of their vintage bottles...

Afternoon Brief, June 4th

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FTC Preparing Lawsuit over Alcohol Pricing: The FTC is targeting Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits, the largest U.S. alcohol distributor, with a Depression-era price discrimination law not used by the agency in more than 20 years....

Afternoon Brief, June 3rd

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Grim Reports Have the Wine Industry in Knots. But Should We Just Calm Down?: Lately, conversations within the wine industry have been punctuated with doom and gloom. Sales are erratic, the climate is unpredictable, overproduction is rampant and drinkers are hesitant to spend...

Afternoon Brief, May 31st

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U.S. Department of Commerce Makes Affirmative Subsidy Determination in Trade Case on Glass Wine Bottles from China: In a victory for the U.S. glass industry, the U.S. Department of Commerce (Commerce) has preliminarily determined that the government of China unfairly subsidizes its glass wine bottle industry...

Afternoon Brief, May 30th

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Federal Judge Rules Provi’s Antitrust Case Against Southern Glazer’s and RNDC Will Proceed: Today, a federal judge ruled the antitrust complaint filed by Provi, the largest online marketplace for the beverage alcohol industry, against the nation’s two largest wine and spirits distributors, Southern Glazer’s Wines and Spirits (Southern) and Republic National Distributing Company (RNDC), will move forward as the court denied a Motion to Dismiss “in its entirety” filed by the defendants...

Afternoon Brief, May 29th

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Oregon Wineries Sue Pacificorp for $100 Million for Smoke Damage: Some 30 wineries in Willamette Valley are suing Warren Buffett’s energy company PacifiCorp for negligence surrounding the 2020 wildfires that caused catastrophic smoke taint to their crops...

Afternoon Brief, May 28th

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US Wine Industry Fights Back with New Marketing Campaigns: It might feel like it's all gloom and doom in the wine industry right now, but two separate groups are creating positive energy around wine. Felicity Carter reports...

Afternoon Brief, May 24th

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Wine Hits Back at Negative Headlines: The Wine Market Council is leading the charge against pessimistic wine stories about the US market...

Afternoon Brief, May 23rd

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Riverland Wine Growers United in Rejecting Contract Buy-Out amid Industry Uncertainty: Growers from a cooperative in Australia's largest wine producing region have rejected an offer to sell their red wine contracts amid a crisis of global oversupply...

Afternoon Brief, May 22nd

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O’Neill Vintners & Distillers Acquires Ram’s Gate Winery and Creates New Luxury Wine Division: O’Neill Vintners & Distillers Founder and CEO Jeff O’Neill has been a co-owner of the brand since 2011, and now takes complete ownership of the brand and property, creating a new luxury wine division...