Afternoon Brief

Afternoon Brief, October 14th

Napa Lawsuit Plants Seeds of Doubt: A legal challenge to Napa's lawmakers hinges on the definition of the world "plant"...

Afternoon Brief, October 13th

California North Coast Wine Grape Harvest Eases Toward an Early Finish: A third drought-challenged wine grape season in a row is pretty much complete in the North Coast, helped to coast to an earlier finish by consistently warm fall days after an extraordinary hot and long late summer heat wave...

Afternoon Brief, October 12th

Paradise Lost: The Flame Out of Napa Valley’s Iconic Wine Country: Beset by climate change and billionaire carpetbaggers, Napa Valley, California’s legendary wine-making eden, braces for an uncertain future...

Afternoon Brief, October 11th

Inflation Drags on Wine’s Return to Pre-Pandemic US Restaurant Sales: A hoped-for rapid return of U.S. consumers to pre-pandemic levels of ordering wine and other beverage alcohol at restaurants, bars, nightclubs, hotels and similar venues may be faltering...

Afternoon Brief, October 10th

Son Arrested on Suspicion of Murdering Father in Champagne: Yann Vadin, 33, has been arrested after allegedly admitting to killing his father, local winemaker Jean-Luc Vadin, 57, of Champagne Vadin-Plateau, and staging a burglary...

Afternoon Brief, October 7th

You’ve Been Served: TTB Sued Over Wine Ingredient Labels: A lawsuit filed by three leading consumer organizations could finally bring the debate about ingredient and nutritional labeling for wine front and center...

Afternoon Brief, October 6th

Deal Done with the Wine Group as Constellation Sells More Wine Assets: Among the labels changing hands are Cooper & Thief, 7 Moons and The Dreaming Tree...

Afternoon Brief, October 5th

Coalition Sues to Force Treasury Department Decision on Alcohol Labeling: A coalition of consumer groups sued the Treasury Department today to compel a decision on mandatory alcohol content, calorie, ingredient, and allergen labeling on alcoholic beverages...

Afternoon Brief, October 4th

Farmworkers, Napa-Sonoma Trade Groups React to New California Unionization Law: Advocates for farmworker rights in the North Coast are cheering a newly inked compromise in Sacramento that could make it easier for vineyard and other California agricultural workers to unionize...

Afternoon Brief, October 3rd

Fire Rules a Rocky Road for Napa Wineries: New regulations in Napa could see wineries barred from rebuilding after a fire, with huge implications for the future...

Afternoon Brief, September 30th

Serial ADA Plaintiff in California Alleged to Be Feigning Blindness in Order to Sue: A Southern California law firm announced Wednesday that it has obtained footage of a frequent filer of suits under the Americans with Disabilities Act that allegedly shows he is not "legally blind" as he has maintained in hundreds of ADA lawsuits...

Afternoon Brief, September 29th

China Busts Largest Wine Smuggling Case in Recent History: According to Chinese language wine media WBO, a few Shanghai-based wine merchants including a China representative for a Bordeaux merchant “were asked to assist” an ongoing criminal investigation involving RMB 368 million (US$51.4 million) worth of smuggled wines...

Afternoon Brief, September 28th

US Wineries Struggle to Raise Prices: Inflation might be going through the roof, but it isn't helping American wine producers – or their prices...

Afternoon Brief, September 27th

Southern Oregon is known for it’s abundance of wineries. But smoke from wildfires in recent years has sometimes affected the taste of the wine. Smoke damage from wildfires are costing wineries billions of dollars across the west coast...

Afternoon Brief, September 26th

Red Blotch Virus Detected for First Time in Australia in Wine Grape Collections: A grape disease that hasn't been found in Australia before has been identified in three separate states...
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