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Afternoon Brief, May 20

When Wine Becomes Transformative: There's a new concept taking root in the wine industry: activist wines. Unlike traditional special bottlings produced for wine industry charity auctions and special events, activist wines serve a specific social purpose ...

Afternoon Brief, May 17

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: Gallo’s Premium Business Now 30% of Turnover Speaking to Drinks Business in California, Edouard Baijot MW, E &...

Afternoon Brief, May 15

Jackson Family Wines Vineyard Worker Dies in ATV Crash in Sonoma County: A longtime local worker for one of the country's largest wine producers died in an ATV crash Tuesday after his vehicle rolled over in a Bennett Valley vineyard, according to law enforcement...

Afternoon Brief, May 14

Laetitia Winery: Parent Issues El Campo Lawsuit Statement: A planned picket of Laetitia Winery has been called off, after the local winery's parent group apologized for the way it handled a lawsuit stopping work at El Campo Road and Highway 10...

Afternoon Brief, May 13

Winery Sues to Stop Hwy 101 Changes, Family of Crash Victim Pushes Boycott: A popular Central Coast winery is squaring off against the family of a Cal Poly student, who was killed in a 2018 crash at El Campo Road, over changes to four crossings along Highway 101 south of Arroyo Grande...

Afternoon Brief, May 10

Dry Red Wines' 'Big Tannins' Are Literally Bigger, Study Says: Even casual drinkers can usually identify a wine with big tannins. Tannins emphasize a wines dryness by tingling the side of your mouth or leaving an almost rough feeling on your tongue ...

Afternoon Brief, May 9

US Wine, Beer, Spirits Consumption 'in a Holding Pattern' as Public Leans Toward Less Alcohol: As such consumption appears to be slowing while sales are growing for certain drinks competing with traditional table wine, the upper end of the industry is increasingly embracing mechanization and other technology once eschewed ...

Afternoon Brief, May 8

Walla Walla Prison Project Nears Start Date - The co-owner of Walla Walla Vineyard Management told the drinks business that after final approval was granted, he intended to plant two hectares of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Malbec on a southeastern block of the prisons land in March 2020 ...

Afternoon Brief, May 7

How Women’s Sexuality Is Used to Sell Wine: What should I wear to work? It may sound innocuous, but this loaded question was at the heart of a lively and controversial panel discussion that closed out the Bâtonnage Forum, held May 4 at a private estate in Napa, California ...

Afternoon Brief, May 3

Iconic Wine Sustainability Innovator Challenges Peers: Each year at the Sonoma County Barrel Auction, the Sonoma County Vintners have recognized local wine industry icons who have shaped the heritage and history of Sonoma County winemaking. This year, they are also celebrating innovators who help propel the Sonoma County wine community forward...

Afternoon Brief, May 2

Jackson Family Wines CEO Calls for Protections Against Imports: Saying he believes foreign wine imports could exceed the number of U.S. brands sold in America by 2050, Jackson Family Wines CEO Rick Tigner on Wednesday called for a reciprocal tax to ensure fair trade, not free trade...

Afternoon Brief, May 1

Merger Promises New 'Big Data Era' for the Wine Industry: One of the US's most popular consumer sites, Wine Folly, has merged with the Global Wine Database (GWDB) and unveiled plans to make big data about wine accessible to the industry...

Afternoon Brief, April 30

Amazon Ramps Up Wine Sales: Retailers across sectors have been closing at a swift clip as more sales move to the web. The wine business is not immune to this trend and Amazon, since its 2017 acquisition of Whole Foods, does not intend to miss out on its piece of the wine-fueled pie...

Afternoon Brief, April 29

Turning a Critical Eye on Wine Critics: One of the frequent digs made in the Cabernet-infused cock pit of the bad old days (the Robert Parker bulletin board in the mid-noughties) was that, while the likes of Decanter magazine and certain wine competitions were all very well, their group tasting approach could smother the individual greatness of certain wines and the individual insights that came with the lone star approach...

Afternoon Brief, April 26

‘End of an Era’: Sonoma’s Ravenswood Tasting Room to Close: Longtime winemaker and founder of Ravenswood Winery Joel Peterson was packing up his office at Ravenswood when reached by phone on Thursday. He confirmed that rumors were true - the winerys Gehricke Road tasting room would be closing its doors next month after almost 30 years ...