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Afternoon Brief, November 19

E. & J. Gallo Winery Purchases Napa's Pahlmeyer Winery: E. & J. Gallo, the Modesto-based wine giant, has purchased yet another Napa Valley brand: Pahlmeyer Winery. The acquisition is the latest for Gallo, already the world's largest winery...

Afternoon Brief, November 18

Wine Moguls Destroy Land and Pay Small Fines as Cost of Business, Say Activists: After California wine industry mogul Hugh Reimers illegally destroyed at least 140 acres of forest, meadow and stream in part to make way for new vineyards sometime last winter, according to a report from state investigators, state officials ordered the former executive of Jackson Family Wines to repair and mitigate the damage where possible ...

Afternoon Brief, November 15

Wildfires Make Winery Coverage Too Hot for Some Insurers to Handle: The North Bay wine industry is feeling the heat from recent wildfires, but not how you might think. Insurance experts say that as part of a wider company review the international insurance house Lloyds of London stopped underwriting what are known as stock-throughput policies for larger, premier wineries in the region because of the seemingly annual risk to wine production and storage caused by wildfires...

Afternoon Brief, November 14

Five Award Winning Innovations for the Wine Industry: Innovation often happens when a new or growing problem needs to be addressed, but sometimes it happens just because someone brings a new perspective and imagination to the industry...

Afternoon Brief, November 13

Wine Industry Award Winners Announced - Winners of the 7th Annual Wine, Spirits and Beer Industry Awards have been announced by the North Bay Business Journal. The awards recognize individuals, as well as suppliers, for their contributions to the industry. They will be honored at a Business Journal event later this month ...

Afternoon Brief, November 12

Missing: 6 Million Female Premium Wine Drinkers: Women are significantly under-represented among US wine drinkers who spend $15 or more on a bottle. Could they be the next growth opportunity?

Afternoon Brief, November 11

Sonoma County Studies Take Issue with Wine Industry’s Expansion, Scrutinizing Traffic, Events: Sonoma County wineries should bear the bulk of the responsibility for improving relations with rural neighbors, according to a pair of recently released county studies calling for fewer events, more coordination and a higher standard of review for new or expanding wineries...

Afternoon Brief, November 8

Oregon Wine's Civil Civil War: Oregon has always been one of the chummiest wine-producing states in the US and one of the leaders of a new breakaway trade group says that is still the goal ...

Afternoon Brief, November 7

Is Wine Premiumisation a Doom Loop?: Wine sales figures for the first half of 2019 show that the premiumisation trend in the US has begun to head south. The question every wine producer should be asking themselves is: So what do we do now? ...

Afternoon Brief, November 6

Wineries Back to Business After Kincade Fire and Encouraging Visitors to #GatherInSonoma and #SipSonoma - Sonoma County wine country has been hit twice by massive fires in the space of three years. The first, on October 8, 2017, was an unexpected frenzy that caused unfathomable damage, took thousands of structures and many lives, displaced countless families, and uprooted the wine business in both Napa and Sonoma counties ...

Afternoon Brief, November 5

How Labor Challenges Affected the 2019 Grape Harvest: With drastic labor shortages up and down the West Coast, this years vintage may mark a dramatic shift in the way the wine industry views labor...

Afternoon Brief, November 4

Sonoma's Wine Country Struggles with a New Label: Fire Country - The things that set California apart, for better or worse, were all there last Sunday afternoon: terrifying flames, wine country glamour and a rescue straight out of Hollywood ...

Afternoon Brief, November 1

U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein Says Senate Approves New Funding, Resources for Combating California Wildfires: Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) on Thursday released the following statement after helping securing additional wildfire funding and resources in the package of funding bills passed by the Senate...

Afternoon Brief, October 31

Firefighters Push Back Kincade Fire and Sonoma Vintners Begin to Return Home: In the early Wednesday afternoon, many of the tens of thousands of evacuated residents of Sonoma County got word that they could return home...

Afternoon Brief, October 30

Kincade Fire Tears Through Sonoma County, Inches Toward Napa According to Cal Fire, the Kincade fire had grown to 76,825 acres, with 30% containment, as of Wednesday morning. Fears that overnight winds would push the fire closer to Santa Rosa, and would follow the path of the 2017 Tubbs fire, subsided as the winds died down towards dawn...