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Afternoon Brief, May 26

Iconic Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Crowned Best Wine in the World in Vivino’s 2020 Wine Style Awards: The Vivino Wine Style Awards are the culmination of scans and ratings from millions of wine consumers, not critics – that’s countless corks popped, plates cleared, and connections made...

Afternoon Brief, May 22

Interview with John Hinman: Pending ABC Emergency Order Puts Alcohol License Holders at Risk: "They will be able to shut down a licensee after a hearing on a five days notice," says John Hinman, founding partner of Hinman & Carmichael, LLP. of the The California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Controls (ABC) new proposed Emergency Order, and calls it an unnecessary violation of due process...

Afternoon Brief, May 21

Napa County Looks at Wine Country Growth: Napa County is considering how to mold the future of its world-famous wine country balancing a host of factors, from housing demands to requests for wineries in remote locations...

Afternoon Brief, May 20

Napa County Releases Crop Report; 2019 Wine Grape Crop Worth $938 Million: Napa County’s wine grape crop in 2019 saw a 13.5% decrease in volume and a 9.6% decrease in value as compared to 2018, according to the county’s annual crop report, released Tuesday...

Afternoon Brief, May 19

Average Bottle Price Drops 21% for DTC Channel in April: Nielsen Beverage Alcohol Practice reports that year-over-year growth rate for total off-premise alcohol dollar sales within Nielsen measured channels remained high, at +34.8%...

Afternoon Brief, May 18

The First Wineries Re-Opened This Weekend, but Restrictions Still Present a Challenge: Ernie Bayless said he and the staff at Wise Villa Winery, located about a half-hour northeast of Sacramento, California, got the word last Tuesday that they could reopen...

Afternoon Brief, May 15

U.S. Wineries Cautiously Begin Reopening Phase: As several states schedule a May end to their COVID-19 shutdowns, local vintners predict a gradual transition rather than a grand opening...

Afternoon Brief, May 14

Oregon Wineries Begin Reopening, Kicking Off with Those in 28 of 36 Counties: After having closed tasting rooms for almost two months to on-premise wine tastings and consumption, on May 7th, Oregon Governor Kate Brown announced the plans for the Phase One reopening of Oregon wineries and tasting rooms...

Afternoon Brief, May 13

Wine Adjusts to Evolving Marketplace Amid Pandemic: Virtual vineyard and winery tours, dinner-and-wine kits, and supper-at-home have replaced the pre-pandemic Lets eat out tonight adventures, and Ciatti, Global Wine and Grape Brokers based in Novato, Calif., say that trend is reflected in their latest California Report...

Afternoon Brief, May 12

LibDib Launches in Illinois: LibDib, the web-based wholesale alcohol distributor, today announced that the company is now licensed to operate in the state of Illinois...

Afternoon Brief, May 11

What Will Bay Area Wineries Look Like After Coronavirus? 'Very Different,' Industry Expert Says: As California begins reopening, a major question is how the Bay Area's wine industry will bounce back...

Afternoon Brief, May 8

California's Cabernet Glut Deepens: The latest Vineyard Economics Symposium revealed big challenges for some US grapegrowers...

Afternoon Brief, May 7

Pandemic Makes Winery Buyers Skittish About Buying Grapes During Upcoming Harvest: The disruption triggered by the coronavirus pandemic adds uncertainty to a domestic wine sector already grappling with an oversupply of grapes and bulk wine, making regional wineries even more skittish to commit to buying fruit during this year's wine grape harvest, a top industry analyst said Wednesday...

Afternoon Brief, May 6

Sonoma Wineries Are Itching to Open Up Their Doors and Invite Back Visitors: The shelter-in-place order has been hard on wineries that rely on tasting room and on-premise sales as well as their front line allies, tasting room staff and waiters, who have been out of a job...

Afternoon Brief, May 5

US Drinkers Have Increased Wine Consumption During Lockdown, Led by More Involved Drinkers, as Interest in Locally Produced Wine Surges: America's 77 million regular wine drinkers upped their frequency of wine consumption during the pandemic lockdown, despite the closure of many on-premise establishments, according to new consumer research out this week...