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Afternoon Brief, February 2nd

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‘Emergency’ €80 Million Promised to French Winegrowers Amid Farmer Protests: France's government has promised an €80m 'emergency fund' for crisis-hit winemakers, as ministers also try to de-escalate widespread farmer protests covering many agricultural sectors...

Afternoon Brief, February 1st

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Vinoshipper Releases 2nd Annual Craft Wine Direct Sales Report: Vinoshipper, the nation’s largest Direct-to-Consumer (DTC) wine shipping platform with more than 3,000 clients, released its second annual report today that shows a unique and optimistic perspective on direct sales across 47 states...

Afternoon Brief, January 31st

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Washington the Winner in Bad Wine Year: Each year, when many of Sonoma County’s 1,800 certified sustainable winegrape growers gather for the Sonoma County Winegrowers’ (SCW) annual meeting, they want to know what is next for one of the world’s most sustainable winegrowing regions. Today, they learned the answer to their question...

Afternoon Brief, January 30th

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Trial Between Napa County, Hoopes Winery Begins: A trial between Napa County and the Hoopes Vineyard winery is underway, with the county's winery regulations being the focus...

Afternoon Brief, January 29th

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Napa's Stance on Wine at Stake: Napa's Board of Supervisors election in March could see the wine lobby's influence in local politics diluted...

Afternoon Brief, January 26th

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Axe Falls Again at Vintage Wine Estates: After announcing the sale of several wine brands last week, VWE is now offloading employees...

Afternoon Brief, January 25

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Plata Wine Partners Expands Portfolio of Exclusive Retail Wine Brands: Plata Wine Partners officially announced the purchase of Purple Brands’ portfolio of exclusive retail wines. The acquisition includes 14 brands, such as Donovan-Parke, Main & Geary, Athenaeum, and Shiloh Road, highlighting fruit from distinctive California growing regions.

Afternoon Brief, January 24

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Pink Won't Save California Wine: The California wine industry's largest annual convention, the Unified Wine & Grape Symposium, delivered another magnum of bad news Wednesday to the 12,000 grapegrowers and other industry members in attendance...

Afternoon Brief, January 23rd

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Why Sokol Blosser Is Adding an Ingredients List to Its Wine Labels: Generally speaking, the wine industry has long resisted putting an ingredients list on wine labels...

Afternoon Brief, January 22nd

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Bomb Blows Up French Wine War: A dispute between French producers and importers of Spanish wine is getting darker, with violence returning to the south of France...

Afternoon Brief, January 19th

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Ryan Klobas, Chief of Napa County Farm Bureau, Dies: Peter Nissen, president of the Farm Bureau’s board, said the bureau is “shocked and saddened” to learn of Klobas’ death...

Afternoon Brief, January 18th

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A Harsh Pill to Swallow: 2024 SVB Report Predicts Tough Times for Wine: Changing demographics, dropping demand and “bulging” inventories call for industry leadership and vision...

Afternoon Brief, January 17th

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HK$490 Million of Liquid Cocaine Found Hidden in Wine Shipment: Two men have been arrested after a record 444kg haul of liquid cocaine concealed in a shipment of bag-in-box wine was intercepted by Hong Kong customs...

Afternoon Brief, January 16th

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The #1 Reason Why U.S. Consumers Are Buying Less Wine: The downturn in U.S. wine sales is real and substantial, confirmed by multiple data sources and extends all the way to actual consumption. Pandemic effects, inflation, competition, high inventories and channel switching all have had impacts, but don’t explain the downturn completely...

Afternoon Brief, January 15th

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Bordeaux Wine Merchants in Court: Another busy week as more Bordeaux wine merchants end up in court, while the UK government reveals binges during Covid...
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