Afternoon Brief

Afternoon Brief, July 8th

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Allied Grape Growers, CAWG Release Legal Analysis on 2020 Winegrape Rejections: A report released today by Allied Grape Growers (AGG) and the California Association of Winegrape Growers (CAWG) analyzes various grape transactions in 2020 that resulted in rejections or severe price discounts due to alleged quality problems associated with wildfire smoke...

Afternoon Brief, July 7th

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US Wines Win International Acclaim at Decanter World Wine Awards 2021: Medal winners have been revealed in the biggest ever edition of the Decanter World Wine Awards, following two weeks of rigorous, Covid-secure judging in London, with US wineries claiming top awards...

Afternoon Brief, July 6th

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Delicato-Coppola Collaboration: Industry Implications: The wine world raised eyebrows when, on June 24, Francis Ford Coppola Winery announced its deal-in-progress to sell Sonoma County wine properties to Delicato Wines and take a seat on the company’s board...

Afternoon Brief, July 2nd

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Pacific Northwest Wineries Are Shaking Off the Extreme Heat Wave, but Are Worried What It Means for the Industry’s Future: The unprecedented heat wave that descended on the Pacific Northwest this week has alarmed many in the region’s burgeoning wine industry, leaving them worried over the deepening challenges climate change could bring to their businesses...

Afternoon Brief, July 1st

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Farmworker Advocates Renew Call for Extreme Heat Rules After Oregon Laborer Dies: Farmworker advocates are calling on Oregon to adopt emergency rules to protect workers during extreme heat following the death of a Marion County farmworker Saturday...

Afternoon Brief, June 30th

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Goose Gap Is Washington’s 19th American Viticultural Area: Goose Gap is Washington’s newest American Viticultural Area (AVA). The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) will publish the final rule for Goose Gap AVA tomorrow, July 1, 2021, to officially define it as a designated wine grape-growing region...

Afternoon Brief, June 29th

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Heat the Burning Issue for Oregon Winemakers: A heatwave could mean trouble for growers and producers in the Pacific Northwest of the US...

Afternoon Brief, June 28th

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How Unregulated Cannabis Is Threatening West Coast Wine Growers: Cannabis cultivation creates resource competition and could threaten tourism in wine country—but some argue that proper regulation could actually benefit premier regions...

Afternoon Brief, June 25th

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NYC Restaurants Stuck with Thousands of Dollars in Unsold Wine as State Ends Takeout Alcohol Program: Some New York City restaurants have been selling bottled alcohol for the last 15 months. Now they have to clear their inventories in a day...

Afternoon Brief, June 24th

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Delicato Family Wines Forges Partnership with Francis Ford Coppola Winery: Delicato Family Wines and Francis Ford Coppola Winery today announced that they will come together under one roof, strengthening the families’ legacies as it creates the #5 supplier of all wine above $11 in the U.S. market, as well as the #5 supplier by volume across all price segments and become the #3 exporter of C.A. wines...

Afternoon Brief, June 23rd

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Sonoma State University’s Wine Business Institute Launches New Inclusion Effort: Sonoma State University on Tuesday said it is launching an inclusion program as part of its Wine Business Institute to help further diversify a sector that is largely white...

Afternoon Brief, June 22nd

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Vintage Wine Estates, Inc. Completes Acquisition of the Sommelier Company: Vintage Wine Estates, Inc., one of the fastest growing U.S. wine producers with an industry leading direct-to-customer platform, today announced that it has completed its acquisition of The Sommelier Company. Founded by Principal Jörn (“Joey”) Kleinhans PhD, CFA, in 2013, The Sommelier Company is a global provider of independent wine and spirits expertise, private tasting events and education...

Afternoon Brief, June 21st

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What Tourism Downturn? Napa Wineries Report off-the-Charts Demand for $500-Plus Tastings: Luxury experiences with limo rides and vintage airplane aerobatics are on the rise...

Afternoon Brief, June 18th

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U.S. Imports of French Wine And Spirits Soar: After French drinks export shipments to the U.S. dropped significantly in 2020 due to tariffs—whose five-year suspension was announced this past Tuesday—exports have been rebounding strongly in the first four months of 2021...

Afternoon Brief, June 17th

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Doug Moorhead, Whose Winery Was the Second to Open in Pennsylvania, Dies at 87: Doug Moorhead, one of the founders of the Pennsylvania wine industry, died June 10. He was 87...