Afternoon Brief

Afternoon Brief, January 2

Wine is under attack. The biggest threat to the wine business today is an increase in tariffs on imported wines ...

Afternoon Brief, December 30

Winemaking is often thought of as a symbol of transformation. While the fermented drink dates back 9,000 years, the wine market is now experiencing its own transformation due to technological innovation, and the introduction of new business models ...

Afternoon Brief, December 27

Trump’s 100% Tariffs on French Wines Could Cost American Jobs: The Champagne that millions of Americans will drink to toast in the New Year could become more costly if U.S. President Donald Trump imposes a 100% tariff on French -- and other European -- goods such as wine, cheese, cosmetics, and the famous bubbly by the middle of next month. The tariff could also lead to job cuts in the U.S. ...

Afternoon Brief, December 26

Winemakers Are Using Cutting-Edge Data and Centuries-Old Wisdom to Combat Climate Change: Climate change isn't some abstract concept in the wine world. It alters every facet of winegrowing and production. It has a direct effect on what's in, or not in, our glasses...

Afternoon Brief, December 23

Wine Excise Tax Reduction Extension Becomes Law: The consolidated appropriations package, which includes a one-year extension of the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act (S. 362/ H.R. 1175) that provides federal excise tax benefits for all wineries, was signed into law by the president late on Friday, Dec. 20...

Afternoon Brief, December 20

By the time the Mendocino Complex Fires were officially contained on Oct. 4, 2018, five weeks after igniting, they had burned approximately 450,000 acres in Colusa, Lake, Glenn and Mendocino counties, making it the largest wildfire in California history ...

Afternoon Brief, December 19

Michael De Loach of Michael De Loach Brands, acts as a broker and marketing consultant for many small-to-medium brands, like Selby Wines, Bucher, Davis Family and Bennet Lane ...

Afternoon Brief, December 18

Nielsen data started tracking canned wine in 2014, only five years ago when canned wines represented less than $10 million of the total market ...

Afternoon Brief, December 17

Wine Institute applauds today's vote in the House of Representatives to extend federal excise tax benefits for all wineries and urges the Senate to ensure this legislation becomes law ...

Afternoon Brief, December 16

Liz Paquette, Director of Brand and Head of Consumer Insights at Drizly predicts that 2020 is going to bring an explosion of non-traditional packaging variants, with a particular focus on the Ready to Drink (RTD) segment, where packaging plays a key role ...

Afternoon Brief, December 13

The Financial Penalty Wineries Now Pay for Climate Change: There is a hidden cost of climate change to wine producers and the Australian wine industry had a small taste of it in the lead up to Christmas, from rising insurance premiums to cancelled winery tours...

Afternoon Brief, December 12

Gallo-Constellation Planned Wine, Spirits Deal Now $1.1B After Trimming Brands: E. & J. Gallo Winery and Constellation Brands Inc., two of the largest wine producers in the world, on Thursday said they are trimming their $1.7 billion deal for lower-priced Constellation wines announced earlier this year, after regulator concerns about the transaction...

Afternoon Brief, December 11

True Consumer Choice Beginning to Impact Alcoholic Beverage Industry: Cheryl Durzy, CEO and founder of Liberation Distribution (LibDib), thinks the time for real consumer choice in the alcoholic beverage industry is about to dawn as consumer behavior, retailer services, and increased 3-tier access trends converge. For wineries this presents an opportunity, but is no slam dunk...

Afternoon Brief, December 10

Within Five Years Entire Brands Will Be Created Through Pre-Production Personalization: "Within five years you will see entire brands created through pre-production personalization by flavor and shopper profiling at an individual level blends crafted 'instantly' through data on the consumers taste and purchase preferences, and genetic/behavioral/social characteristics, driven by data that may have nothing to do with wine or the production process," says Mike Provance, PhD and CEO of 3×3...

Afternoon Brief, December 9

3 Years of Hurt on Horizon, but Despite Challenges Wine Remains Relevant - Few people have the vantage point of Carolyn Wente, 4th generation winegrower and CEO of Wente Vineyards in the Livermore Valley. Not many winemaking families still exist in America that have been serially and continually involved in the wine industry for more than 3 generations ...