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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...

Afternoon Brief, January 12th

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Labeling Laws Another Challenge for Wine: Wine labeling laws are already in use in the EU. Should US producers be freaking out?...

Afternoon Brief, January 11th

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Southern Wine and Spirits Late Fees $5.5 Million Class Action Settlement: Southern Wine and Spirits agreed to pay $5.5 million to resolve a class action lawsuit claiming that it charged higher late fees than allowed by California law...

Afternoon Brief, January 10th

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Association Touts Wine’s Many Assets as It Counters Anti-Consumption Push: It is a little more than a year since the World Health Organization (WHO) released a report that sent shivers through the tasting rooms of alcoholic beverage producers internationally...

Afternoon Brief, January 9th

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US Alcohol Industry's Worst Year Since 1991: The vast American liquor industry hasn't been in such poor shape for three decades...

Afternoon Brief, January 8th

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Napa Valley Robot ‘Sommelier’ Spurs Debate on AI in the Wine Business: “He doesn’t break glasses,” Maria Reznikova said, citing a bonus with hiring her new staffer — a robot “sommelier” that has become quite an attraction for gawkers shopping on Calistoga’s Lincoln Avenue...

Afternoon Brief, January 5th

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Trump Return Could See Wine Panic Buying: Trump's re-election could see a return of wine tariffs, leading to more pain for wine lovers and collectors...

Afternoon Brief, January 4th

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Spraying Goodbye to Vineyard Chemicals: Spraying vineyards used to mean heavy doses of toxic chemicals - not any more...

Afternoon Brief, January 3rd

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U.S. Wine Market Dips 2% By Volume, but Sees First Value Increase Since 2020: With the U.S. wine market facing uncertain economic conditions and increased competitive pressure from other drinks categories, total volume decreased an estimated 2% to 322 million 9-liter cases in 2023, according to Impact Databank...

Afternoon Brief, January 2nd

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France Buys Back Bordeaux: China's love affair with Bordeaux properties is ending as more investors bring châteaux back into French hands...

Afternoon Brief, December 29th

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What Were Wine's Biggest Deals of 2023?: In uncertain times for wine, stronger players are scooping up small but promising vintners...
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