Afternoon Brief

Afternoon Brief, March 13

Pandemic a Double-Edged Sword for Wine: There's good news and bad news about the impact on the wine industry of the corona virus, and Donald Trump's sudden European travel ban...

Afternoon Brief, March 12

Wine Tasting Room Sales Drop 22% in February, says Napa Valley-Based Transaction Software Provider: Jitters over the new coronavirus may be cutting into wine tasting room revenues, according to a Napa Valley company that handles point-of-sale systems for several hundred North American wineries...

Afternoon Brief, March 11

Global Wine Experts Describe Impact of Turbulence Ahead: Wine Intelligence’s global expert network on the impact of Coronavirus: ‘Christmas trading’ in Italian supermarkets amid a gloomy outlook, calm in Brazil and South Africa, fewer Chinese tourists in Australia, silver linings in South Korea, growing concern in the UK and US...

Afternoon Brief, March 10

Experts Encourage Washington Vineyard Acreage Removal to Address Grape Surplus: Washington state wine industry leaders are encouraging growers and wineries to correct an imbalance in supply and demand by removing more vineyard acreage from production this year. Their message to grape growers is clear: many grapes could go without a buyer this year...

Afternoon Brief, March 9

Coronavirus Trip Cancellations Hit Wine Country Hospitality Businesses: The regions hospitality industry is beginning to show signs of distress with the new coronavirus outbreak. The Hyatt Regency Sonoma Wine Country hotel in Santa Rosa is reporting more than $500,000 in lost revenue for March and people are still on the fence for the beginning of April, said Nanci Figueroa, director of sales and marketing...

Afternoon Brief, March 6

Ballot Measure to Protect Napa County’s Forests and Its Water Resources Filed for 2020 General Election: Napa Growers and Vintners for Responsible Agriculture has requested that the Napa Department of Elections prepare a title and summary for the Napa Valley Water Sustainability Initiative to be voted on the November 2020 ballot...

Afternoon Brief, March 5

Making the Wine Industry Attractive to the Next Generation: How can wine attract a new generation of viticulturists, winemakers and data specialists? Andreas Clark, CEO of Wine Australia has some thoughts...

Afternoon Brief, March 4

‘Like the Coronavirus’: Rampaging Insect Shows up in California, Alarming Farmers: It originated in the wilderness of Asia. It spreads quickly. It's already causing millions of dollars in economic losses in the United States. And it may already be spreading through California...

Afternoon Brief, March 3

More Winegrapes Could Go Unsold, Analysts Believe: With the amount of winegrapes that went unpicked in 2019, the message to grape growers from marketers and vineyard managers is clear: Without a winery contract, grapes could easily not have a buyer this year...

Afternoon Brief, March 2

Chemical Weed Killer Is Compatible with Sustainability Certification in California’s Wine Industry: After a recent post concerning sustainability, email arrived from people in and out of the wine business on the apparently thorny subject of glyphosate, the weed killer. Being neither expert on glyphosate nor on sustainability, a little research was in order...

Afternoon Brief, February 28

For almost all of February, the streets in the busiest cities of the world's most-populous nation have been empty. As China has battled to contain the novel coronavirus that causes the disease Covid-19, the economy has been nearly shut down and more than 760 million people have been living under varying degrees of quarantine ...

Afternoon Brief, February 27

A big correction in the prices for excess North Coast grapes and wine is not only making it potentially more challenging for vintners to tap working capital but also raising the possibility of having to write down inventory ...

Afternoon Brief, February 26

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: Facing the Headwinds and Forging a Path Forward for Wine This isn't breaking news...the wine industry is feeling...

Afternoon Brief, February 25

The fact that two marketers are moderating Wine Industry Networks (WIN) 3-Tier Wine Symposium this year is not by chance ...

Afternoon Brief, February 24

Napa Valleys finest, most innovative wines raised $3.9 million in support of the Napa Valley Vintners mission to promote, protect and enhance the Napa Valley ...