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Afternoon Brief, March 4th

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Napa County Wineries Dive Into Wildfire Prevention After Big Glass Fire Losses: The Glass Fire last fall has made wildfire prevention and protection a higher priority than project permit processing for Napa Valley Vintners, a trade group that represents over 500 wine producers and related businesses...

Afternoon Brief, March 3rd

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‘Be the Change’ Partners with Thurgood Marshall College Fund for Second Virtual Job Fair: San Francisco, Calif. March 3, 2021 – Be the Change Job Fair, an initiative led by Cara Bertone, Philana Bouvier, Lia Jones, and Rania Zayyat, in partnership with Diversity in Food & Beverage and Lift Collective announced today that registration for beverage alcohol employers is now open for the second virtual job fair on April 22, 2021...

Afternoon Brief, March 2nd

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SipSource Issues 2020 Annual Report Detailing Improved Depletion Trends in 2020 and Predicting "COVID Hangover" in 2021: SipSource, the first and only source for wine and spirits distributor depletion data, today announced the issuance of its 2020 Annual Report that identifies wine and spirits trends and explores commercial and consumer trends during the COVID-19 pandemic...

Afternoon Brief, March 1st

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Wine Embraces an Online Future: In-person wine tastings with producers are going away, the wine auction business is moving online, and storytelling is now as important as wine quality. These were a few of the observations from a symposium at WineFuture 2021 last week on...

Afternoon Brief, February 26th

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Wine Folly Launches World's First Region Guide with Producer Controlled Data from Global Wine Database: In the first major collaboration since combining efforts in 2019, Folly Enterprises have released the Walla Walla Valley Wine Region Guide...

Afternoon Brief, February 25th

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Covid's Impact on Wine Tasting: Covid has had a huge impact on how we buy wine, but also on how we enjoy it...

Afternoon Brief, February 24th

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Napa's Duckhorn Files Papers to Go Public with Stock Offering: The growing premium wine company, which owns brands from Decoy to Kosta Browne, made a preliminary filing with the SEC to raise capital through an IPO...

Afternoon Brief, February 23rd

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Sonoma County Winery Event Permit Meeting Leaves Vintners Frustrated with Process: Last Thursday’s virtual forum organized by Sonoma County’s Permit Sonoma to ostensibly open up conversation about event permitting for wineries in Sonoma County, had over 200 stakeholders taking time out to participate, but many vintners felt it was a charade...

Afternoon Brief, February 22nd

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The Data: Wine DtC Shipments and Off-Premise Retail (January 2020 Special Report): The wine market is in greater flux than ever as producers, retailers and consumers navigate the impacts of a global pandemic. Keeping a pulse on marketplace data has never been so important given these shifting dynamics...

Afternoon Brief, February 19th

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Announcing Celebrity Line-Up for Wine Future 2021: During each day’s 15 minute break Wine Future 2021 will feature live and recorded entertainment coordinated by Dan Nicholl, host of South Africa’s The Dan Nicholl Show and the successful Dan Really Likes Wine series...

Afternoon Brief, February 18th

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US Courts Deliver Body Blows to Wine: Courts in the US have delivered decisions that will frustrate those who want free trade in wine...

Afternoon Brief, February 17th

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Tennessee Legislators Aim to Limit Winery Direct Shipping Sales: Lawmakers propose banning winery direct shipping through fulfillment houses, which handle logistics for small wineries; federal court upholds Missouri ban on out-of-state wine merchants...

Afternoon Brief, February 16th

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Pandemic, Northern California Fires Could Complicate Wine Business Financing, Lenders Say: Second-generation vintner Hugh Davies is disappointed he didn’t hit last year’s business performance goals for Schramsberg Vineyards in upper Napa Valley...

Afternoon Brief, February 15th

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Wine List Secrets Revealed: Last week Bill Rancic hosted an online event held by the Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of America (WSWA) intended for wineries to learn about how they might use the three-tier system to get their wines in restaurants...

Afternoon Brief, February 12th

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USTR Announces No Revisions in Airbus Tariffs: Is the Tumbler, Goblet, and Pint Half-empty or Half-Full?: The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) announced in a Notice for publication in the Federal Register on February 12, 2021, that it would propose no revisions to the existing retaliatory tariffs on goods from the EU in the Airbus trade dispute...