Afternoon Brief

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 ...

Afternoon Brief, January 24

Rodney Strong Vineyards Statement on Wine Leak: In the early afternoon of Wednesday, January 22nd, 2020, we became aware of a leak in one of our blending tanks. We worked urgently to contain the leak and save as much wine as we could...

Afternoon Brief, January 23

Up to 96,000 Gallons Spilled from Tank at Rodney Strong Vineyards Leaks into Russian River: More than 97,000 gallons of wine spilled Wednesday from a tank at the Rodney Strong Vineyards in Healdsburg, an accident that sent much of the alcohol into a storm drain and a creek that drains into the Russian River, where the effect on water quality was not immediately known, authorities said...

Afternoon Brief, January 22

Wine Shipments to Consumers Reach Record $3.2 Billion in 2019: Annual Sovos ShipCompliant Direct-to-Consumer Wine Shipping Report points to slowing channel growth despite prices reaching new highs...

Afternoon Brief, January 21

Château Smith-Haut-Lafitte Owners Buy Napa’s Flora Springs Winery: Bordeaux's Cathiard family plans to launch a new venture; the Komes and Garvey families will keep the Flora Springs brand and their other vineyards...

Afternoon Brief, January 20

Macron Seals Tariff Truce with Trump in Digital Tax Dispute:

Afternoon Brief, January 17th

This year the Sonoma County Winegrowers annual Dollars and $ense meeting was held in conjunction with the Sonoma County Vintners, and Glenn Proctor, Board of Directors Chairman for the Sonoma County Winegrowers ...

Afternoon Brief, January 16

Citing the need to address rapidly growing customer demand Upvalley, Pacific Gas & Electric has been tentatively granted eminent domain over a portion of a private Calistoga vineyard owners land to install a liquid natural gas plant ...

Afternoon Brief, January 14

Oversupply of Premium Wine, Slower Sales Growth to Spur Discount Brands, Says Silicon Valley Bank Forecast: It used to be enough for U.S. wineries to make great wine and find ways to get it into the hands of consumers, but vintners large and small now are going to have to bring their marketing and efficiency A-game to survive the erosion of sales growth from oversupply and increasing competition from other drinks and teetotaling, according to a newly released report closely watched by the industry...

Afternoon Brief, January 13

There were over sixty-five judges, representing various North American wine regions, evaluating nearly 6,700 wines from over 1,000 wineries for the 2020 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition ...

Afternoon Brief, January 10

Could Climate Change Mean an End to Cabernet in Napa Valley? This Winemaker Thinks So: Cab is king in Napa Valley. But as secure as its reign may seem, some think we shouldn't take it for granted...

Afternoon Brief, January 9

Wine’s Most Inspiring People 2020: Leading with the Future in Mind: As a third-generation descendant of an iconic Napa Valley wine family and the owner of the oldest winery in Napa Valley, Peter Mondavi, Jr. understands the difficulty of keeping a family-owned winery in family hands...

Afternoon Brief, January 7

Wine Industry Braces for Potentially Devastating 100 Percent Tariff on European Wine: A proposed 100 percent tariff on European wine is threatening to upend the entire industry, putting many businesses at risk. The cause is an unlikely one...

Afternoon Brief, January 6

Deadline to Submit Comments on US Trade Tariffs Approaches: The deadline to submit comments on the US government proposal to implement tariffs of up to 100% on European wine and whisk(e)y is set for the 13 January 2020...

Afternoon Brief, January 3

The new year is starting off on a sour note for the winegrowers, as the recent boom cycle shows signs of turning to bust. Its hard to predict how this will affect us as consumers perhaps prices dip a little in the short term, but shifts in the market could result in less variety and more consolidation as small and midsize wineries take the hit ...