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Afternoon Brief, November 24th

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The WBWE Has Been the First International Wine Fair to Take Place in the West in 2021: The 13th WBWE (World Bulk Wine Exhibition) brought together 265 wineries from 15 different countries and received more than 4000 professional visitors from 57 nationalities...

Afternoon Brief, November 23rd

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2019 St. Anne’s Crossing “Shumahi” Primitivo Takes Best of Show for Sonoma Valley at 2021 Harvest Challenge Competition: The Sonoma Valley AVA took the big prize at the 2021 Harvest “Terroir” Challenge, the only competition to judge wines by American Viticultural Area...

Afternoon Brief, November 22nd

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Dominus Estate Named Wine Spectator’s #1 Wine of the Year: Wine Spectator, the world’s leading authority on wine, today announced Dominus Estate Napa Valley 2018 as the 2021 Wine of the Year...

Afternoon Brief, November 19th

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Washington’s Protectionist Wine Shipping Laws Put Damper on Holiday Gift Giving: Washingtonians during the upcoming holiday season will once again have to forgo giving wine as a gift to their family and friends in the Evergreen State due to archaic and protectionist laws that ban the shipment of most wines into the state...

Afternoon Brief, November 18th

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Five Companies Receive 2021 WINnovation Awards for Wine Industry Innovations: Each year wineries and grape growers face new trends, new challenges, and the continued pressure to stay ahead of the competition or adapt to new consumer behavior and demands...

Afternoon Brief, November 17th

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Treasury Wine Estates Announces Acquisition of Frank Family Vineyards: Treasury Wine Estates Ltd (TWE), one of the world’s largest wine companies, is pleased to announce it has reached an agreement to acquire the highly acclaimed Frank Family Vineyards (FFV), including the historic winery, brand and vineyard holdings...

Afternoon Brief, November 16th

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Drizly Teams with 7-Eleven to Offer On-Demand Alcohol Delivery from Over 1,200 Stores: Following a successful pilot program with 190 stores, over 1,200 7-Eleven stores across Arizona, California, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Missouri, Ohio, Oregon, Texas, Virginia and Washington now offer delivery via Drizly...

Afternoon Brief, November 15th

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Vintage Wine Estates Acquires ACE Cider: Vintage Wine Estates, Inc., one of the fastest-growing wine producers in the U.S. with an industry leading direct-to-customer platform, today announced the acquisition of ACE Cider, The California Cider Company, which is expected to close November 16, 2021...

Afternoon Brief, November 12th

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Business Strategy Behind the Wine Group’s Partnership With MPL Brands NV: If you’re The Wine Group, you invest in a company that makes canned cocktails, a key part of the continually growing ready-to-drink category...

Afternoon Brief, November 11th

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Sunset Announces Winners of 3rd Annual Spirits Competition: The results of the 3rd Annual SUNSET Magazine International Spirits Competition are available, and winners have been announced...

Afternoon Brief, November 10th

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Verde Valley Declared an American Viticultural Area (AVA): More than four years after the initial petition was submitted, today the U.S. Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) named the Verde Valley an American Viticultural Area (AVA)...

Afternoon Brief, November 9th

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As Restaurants Reopen, Sommeliers Re-Envision Wine Lists: Restaurants closed throughout much of 2020 when the novel coronavirus caused a series of lockdowns. To cover the costs of lost sales and in order to continue to pay employees, the monthly rent, and attempt to stay in business, some restaurants resorted to selling much—in some cases all—of their wine inventories...

Afternoon Brief, November 8th

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Is There Smoke In My Wine? Caldor Fire’s Impact on El Dorado County Wine Harvest: Smoke from the Caldor Fire can be smelled or tasted in some grapes harvested in El Dorado County — but they won’t make it in the bottle...

Afternoon Brief, November 5th

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Historically Low World Wine Production Expected: In 2021 extremely low world wine production volume is expected, at a level similar to 2017. This would be the third consecutive year where the global production level is below average...

Afternoon Brief, November 4th

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British Columbia 2021 Vintage Report: Okanagan Winemakers Optimistic After Difficult Growing Season: Wineries and vineyards in British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley are optimistic that this might be one of the most flavorful vintages they’ve ever had—but with a reduced yield...