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Afternoon Brief, February 14

The country is now virtually closed to foreign travel and in the words of Alexandre Ricard, Pernod Ricards CEO: Night clubs and night bars are all closed in China and those bars and restaurants that are not closed are empty ...

Afternoon Brief, February 13

This week, the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) will make another decision regarding the 25% tariffs it imposed on certain European Union (E.U.) wines and goods last year ...

Afternoon Brief, February 12

A new Hard Six Cellars winery cannot be built in a remote, mountainous location south of Calistoga, the Napa County Board of Supervisors ruled on Tuesday ...

Afternoon Brief, February 11

California's winegrowers may have reached a ceiling the 2019 grape crush was 9.1 percent smaller than the record 2018 crush, and is the smallest overall since 2011, according to the California Department of Food & Agriculture ...

Afternoon Brief, February 10

The value of the North Coast grape crop slid to $1.7 billion last year, down 15% from 2018 as wine sales leveled off across the United States and wineries reacted by crushing less fruit, according to the annual California grape harvest report released on Monday ...

Afternoon Brief, February 7

Every aspect of the wine and winegrape industry, from science and technology to trends and markets, came under the microscope as experts, economists, scientists and researchers from around the world shared their perspectives with thousands of industry professionals at the 26th Unified Wine & Grape Symposium (Unified), which wrapped up here today ...

Afternoon Brief, February 6

$163 Billion Grape Industry at Risk Due to Spread of Grapevine Red Blotch Virus with No Known Treatment: $3 million grant given to institutions in California and Oregon to address unknowns of disease and mitigate its effects on grape production, wine quality...

Afternoon Brief, February 5

Reaching Out to Wine's Lost Generations Wine companies are desperately trying to reach the Millennials and Gen Z, but have they tried actually talking to them?

Afternoon Brief, February 4

Unraveling the Master Sommelier Exam Cheating Scandal More than a year after the scandal that rocked the wine world in 2018, candidates and Master Sommeliers are still fighting for change...

Afternoon Brief, February 3

John Hinman on the Consequences of Supreme Court Ruling on Nationwide Direct-to-Retailer Shipments: Has the time come for small and medium wineries to move beyond the 3-tier distribution system? Should they build direct-to-retailer (DTR) networks across states just as they have developed direct-to-consumer businesses?

Afternoon Brief, January 31

A California state senator on Thursday ended his effort to pass a bill requiring beverage distributors to create a new system to take back their own containers, though advocates said they will keep pushing the issue this year ...

Afternoon Brief, January 30

Winemaker and Billionaire Turn Bay Area Island into Booze Destination: Napa Valley whiz winemaker Dave Phinney thinks big. Very big. Premium red-blend trendsetter? Check. Megahit brand builder for labels such as Orin Swift and the Prisoner? Ditto. Iconoclastic entrepreneur in a dozen wine regions around the globe? Yes...

Afternoon Brief, January 29

Wine Enthusiasts Wine Star Awards celebrated its 20th anniversary Monday night at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco. With nearly 1,000 industry luminaries in attendance, the ceremony began with a cocktail reception flanked by a hall of fame and star walk ...

Afternoon Brief, January 28

Wine and agriculture researchers studying the effects of climate change in vineyards have come to the same conclusion as decades of investors: diversify ...

Afternoon Brief, January 27

Napa and Sonoma counties are closer to resolving some key issues that for years have been simmering and at time boiling over on how to regulate the growth of wine business operations ...