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Afternoon Brief, May 14th

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The Future of Wine Post-COVID: Five Trends to Watch: From e-commerce to lower alcohol products, Jamie Williams, managing partner at London advertising agency isobel, explores five post-COVID trends to watch in the wine industry...

Afternoon Brief, May 13th

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Constellation Invests in Donae Burston’s La Fête du Rosé: The North American drinks giant deal for a piece of the growing Provence rosé brand is Constellation's first in a new commitment to invest $100 million in minority-owned businesses by 2030...

Afternoon Brief, May 12th

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Another Sonoma County California Winery Closes: Two famous old Sonoma wineries have closed within a week - coincidence or a worrying trend?...

Afternoon Brief, May 11th

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Production to Cease at Sebastiani Winery in Downtown Sonoma: It is the end of an era for Sonoma’s largest downtown winery. Foley Family Winery plans to lay off most of its workers at the Sebastiani Winery and close its winemaking operations at the eastside facility...

Afternoon Brief, May 10th

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Gallo Lays Off Most Clos du Bois Winery Workers: The Clos du Bois winery has laid off most of its workers and closed winemaking operations at the Geyserville facility...

Afternoon Brief, April 7th

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A New Napa Vintner Just Made an Ambitious $10 Million Rutherford Winery Purchase: Suzanne Deal Booth is building a sizeable Napa estate with the historic Bella Oaks Vineyard...

Afternoon Brief, May 6th

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THURSDAY, MAY 06 TRENDING STORY   Cyber Security Experts Warn Over Online Wine Scams Scammers have increasingly used wine-themed domain names to target potential victims during parts of...

Afternoon Brief, May 5th

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Wine Country Fights Back in Weed Wars: Grapegrowers and wine producers are pushing back against the cannabis industry's push into prime California wine country...

Afternoon Brief, May 4th

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25 Years in Prison for 5 Attackers of Bordeaux Wine Tycoon Bernard Magrez: On 30 April, the first chamber of the Bordeaux criminal court convicted the six men charged with kidnapping and burglarising Bernard Magrez, owner of four Grands Crus Classés, and his wife, at their Bordeaux home overnight on 11 January 2018...

Afternoon Brief, May 3rd

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Protestors Rally Against King Estate Winery's Employee Vaccine Mandate: Nearly a dozen protestors rallied in front of King Estate Winery in Eugene around 11:00 a.m. on Saturday. This is in response to the business requiring employees to get the COVID-19 vaccine or else they lose their job...

Afternoon Brief, April 30th

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Restaurant Revitalization Fund Registration Opens: In lieu of a convention this year, WSWA has launched their virtual Brand Battle Tournament—an ideal opportunity for craft, startup and small production wine, spirits, and low-alc/no-alc/mixer brands...

Afternoon Brief, April 29th

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Macy’s and Drinks Launch New Online Wine Shop: DRINKS, the online leader in adult beverage, and Macy’s today announced the launch of Macy’s Wine Shop (MacysWineShop.com), a new online wine store available in 40 states plus D.C., enabling consumers in more than 38,000 zip codes and 144 million households to get wine shipped straight to their doorstep, within 1-2 days...

Afternoon Brief, April 28th

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Yellow Tail and Casillero Del Diablo Remain the World’s Most Powerful Wine Brands Amid a Picture of Eroding Brand Equity for Wine Brands Worldwide: Building on feedback from over 25,000 wine consumers in 25 markets – representing over 400 million wine drinkers globally – the fourth annual Wine Intelligence Global Wine Brand Power Index reveals an industry-wide erosion of brand equity arising from the disruption to shopping and consumption patterns experienced during the Covid era, which may take some time for brand owners to restore...

Afternoon Brief, April 27th

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US Wine Sales Set to Skyrocket: Strap yourselves in, US wine industry, because you're on a rocket ship that's about to blast off. That's the prediction from industry analyst Rob McMillan, and it's notable because McMillan has become best known in recent years for his gloomy long-term forecasts for wine...

Afternoon Brief, April 26th

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The Complex Science of Assessing California’s Fire-Damaged Vines: Bracing for another fire season, Napa and Sonoma viticulturists decide whether to replant or revitalize many vineyards that burned in 2020...