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Afternoon Brief, June 21st

A Look at Antinori’s Purchase of Washington’s Col Solare: “The fact that Piero Antinori feels like this is a gem that he wants within his family, I think it speaks volumes to what Washington has done, especially as it relates to luxury wines,” says Juan Muñoz-Oca, chief operating officer of Antinori USA.

Afternoon Brief, June 20th

Marchesi Antinori Will Take Full Ownership of Col Solare: Marchesi Antinori and Ste. Michelle Wine Estates announce change in ownership in the premier Red Mountain Washington winery...

Afternoon Brief, June 19th

Point Fire Update: Ag Pass Activated, Poor Air Quality Expected: Sonoma County officials have activated the county's Agricultural Pass system. The Ag Pass program allows workers to access areas under mandatory evacuation orders...

Afternoon Brief, June 18th

California Fire Season Starts Early: At least nine wineries in Sonoma County's Dry Creek Valley were evacuated Sunday by a fast-moving wildfire. Another 13 wineries were facing an evacuation warning, depending on how fast the fire spreads...

Afternoon Brief, June 17th

Winery Owners, Guests Flee as Point Fire Erupts in Sonoma County Wine Region: Guests enjoying an afternoon of wine tasting at Capo Creek Winery on West Dry Creek Road were forced to flee after the wind-driven Point Fire broke out Sunday afternoon in the heart of one of Sonoma County’s most iconic wine regions...

Afternoon Brief, June 14th

The Changing Tide of Napa Grapes: Riesling and Cabernet Franc garner highest prices in Napa. What does that mean? Napa’s old guard—Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay—still rule. But for how long?...

Afternoon Brief, June 13

America's Great Grape Variety Shortage: Bureaucracy limits the range of grapes US growers can plant, but is it stifling creativity and limiting climate change preparations?

Afternoon Brief, June 12th

Sonoma County Wine Auction to Be Hosted at Historic Chateau St. Jean Winery: Sonoma County Vintners Foundation is delighted to announce that the charitable Sonoma County Wine Auction has been renamed as the Sonoma County Wine Celebration and will be held at the beautiful Chateau St. Jean Winery on Saturday, September 21...

Afternoon Brief, June 11th

Spotted Lanternfly Egg Masses Intercepted in California: The California Association of Winegrape Growers (CAWG) is bringing attention to the discovery of recent Spotted Lanternfly (SLF) egg masses on a shipment originating from New York and destined for Sonoma County. The egg masses were intercepted at the Truckee Border Protection Station in late March. This is the first finding of SLF egg masses in California...

Afternoon Brief, June 10th

Warren Winiarski, Famed Napa Valley Winemaker, Dies at 95: Warren Winiarski, co-founder with his wife Barbara of the famed Stag's Leap Wine Cellars, passed away June 7, 2024, as he was preparing for his 60th harvest in the Napa Valley... :

Afternoon Brief, June 7th

Bars and Nightclubs Beware! The Drug Testing Regime Starts on July 1st and You Must Be Ready: Starting July 1, 2024, holders of a Type 48 (bars and nightclubs that do not sell food) license issued by the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) must be able to provide drug testing devices to customers, as stated in Business and Professions Code § 25624...

Afternoon Brief, June 6th

China, US and India Lead Path to Recovery for Global Alcohol Market: Global beverage alcohol is expected to begin its recovery in 2025, according to new data and forecasts from IWSR, with three markets in particular driving growth...

Afternoon Brief, June 5th

Feds Grill Ex-Workers from Iconic NYC Wine Shop Sherry-Lehmann as Fraud Probe Heats Up: The feds may be close to putting a cork in their year-long probe of iconic wine shop Sherry-Lehmann — and potentially bringing charges against its former owners for allegedly scamming customers out of their vintage bottles...

Afternoon Brief, June 4th

FTC Preparing Lawsuit over Alcohol Pricing: The FTC is targeting Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits, the largest U.S. alcohol distributor, with a Depression-era price discrimination law not used by the agency in more than 20 years....

Afternoon Brief, June 3rd

Grim Reports Have the Wine Industry in Knots. But Should We Just Calm Down?: Lately, conversations within the wine industry have been punctuated with doom and gloom. Sales are erratic, the climate is unpredictable, overproduction is rampant and drinkers are hesitant to spend...