Afternoon Brief

Afternoon Brief, March 11

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: US Wine Exports Decline Over the Last 12 Months Wine exports decline over past 12 months. U.S. wine...

Afternoon Brief, March 8

How Producers Dial in the Right Shade of Pink for Rosé: Midway between red and white wines, rosé is a style that requires precision-getting the balance right, in terms of color, aromatics, texture, and freshness. An appealing rosé needs aromatics, but to please a broad range of consumers it also needs to stay on the bright and refreshing side of things...

Afternoon Brief, March 7

After Floods, Sonoma County Wine Industry Tallies Losses: Last week, a series of powerful storms inundated Sonoma County, dumping 7 inches of rain in Sebastopol and as much as 20 inches in Venado, an unincorporated community in the hills between Guerneville and Healdsburg, all in the span of just 48 hours...

Afternoon Brief, March 6

How Wine Businesses Are Using Emerging Technologies: Technology plays a vital role in all aspects of our lives, but with the speed of new developments, the choice of what tech to use and how to use it can be dizzying. At the "Emerging Technologies in the Wines and Spirits Industry" panel held at Vinexpo in New York City on Monday, wine industry professionals discussed the latest platforms and services they're using to help optimize their businesses...

Afternoon Brief, March 5

Vintage Wine Estates Purchases Wine Packaging Pioneer Alloy Wine Works: Vintage Wine Estates is excited to announce the acquisition of Alloy Wine Works, one of the first innovators of fine varietal, appellated wines available in aluminum cans...

Afternoon Brief, March 4

Napa Valley Vintner John R. Shafer Dies at Age 94: The Shafer family is deeply saddened to announce the death of their father, longtime vintner, philanthropist and winery founder, John Shafer on March 2, 2019...

Afternoon Brief, March 1

Gallo to Pay Civil Penalty, Make Safety Improvements to Winery: In a settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, E.&.J. Gallo Winery will pay a $58,000 civil penalty and make improvements to address the risk of chemical accidents at its wine production facility in Fresno ...

Afternoon Brief, February 28

The Changing Face of Luxury Wine: Given current economic conditions, the high rollers seem to keep wining across the globe. Given the ever-higher stakes for luxury products across the world, there continues to be greater interest in luxury wines across all price points. However, surprisingly, there is still very little ...

Afternoon Brief, February 27

Costco Beat Amazon on Internet Booze Sales: The American Consumer Satisfaction Index (ACSI), which benchmarks customer satisfaction across multiple categories across the US economy, found the membership-based warehouse beat the online giant by one mark in its first entry in the list, clocking up 83 points, ahead of Amazons 82 (out of 100) ...

Afternoon Brief, February 26

Wine.com Corners the Premium Market: While retailers and current industry research are lamenting that the wine business has lost the lucrative interest of the millennial consumer, Wine.com executives beg to differ ...

Afternoon Brief, February 25

Napa Auction Snatches Victory from Defeat: Napa Valley was set up for a huge failure at Premiere Napa Valley on Saturday. Everything seemed against the nation's top wine region at its annual trade auction of special one-time-only wines ...

Afternoon Brief, February 22

Roederer Buys Sonoma's Merry Edwards Winery: The Louis Roederer Champagne house has purchased Russian River Valley Pinot Noir specialist Merry Edwards Winery. The deal includes the brand and its inventory, as well as the winery and tasting room in Sebastopol and 79 acres spread over six vineyards...

Afternoon Brief, February 21

Constellation Brands to Discontinue 40% of Wine & Spirits Portfolio: This week at the Consumer Analyst Group of New York (CAGNY) Conference, Constellation Brands said that they expected to sell or discontinue up to 40% of their wine and spirits portfolio. Bill Newlands, president and COO, looked to reassure investors that the "best is yet to come."

Afternoon Brief, February 20

An Entire California Wine Appellation Is on the Market for $3.3 Million: You may have dreamed of owning your own vineyard. Well, here's a chance to own an entire wine appellation...

Afternoon Brief, February 19

Excess California Coastal Wine, Grapes Open New-Brand Opportunities, Heighten Marketing Expense: How big the 2018 North Coast wine grape harvest now won't be known for a couple more months, but it's become increasingly clear that banking the emerging wine business cycle will take different or revived tactics after years of steady consumer sales growth...