Afternoon Brief

Afternoon Brief, November 16

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Challenging 2020 Harvest Will Yield High Quality California Wines: For the months of September and October, total fast-moving consumer goods sales have slowed to single-digit growth, up 9% compared to the same time period last year...

Afternoon Brief, November 13

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North Bay Business Leaders Tackle What Comes Next After Coronavirus, Wildfires: Emerging from a coronavirus crisis into a new world for the North Bay hinges on “shifting, evolving and healing” our way of doing business, but it also requires financial support, a bank wealth manager said at a meeting of local top executives Thursday...

Afternoon Brief, November 12

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Drinks Industry Performs Better Than Expected in 2020: While total beverage alcohol is expected to see an 8% decline in 2020, that’s a lot less than the double-digit losses predicted earlier this year. But the long term recovery is still expected to be slow...

Afternoon Brief, November 11

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Researchers Study Ashy Aromas, Tastes in Wine Affected by Wildfires: Grapes exposed to smoke for shorter periods of time may not cause negative impacts to wine...

Afternoon Brief, November 10

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Accelerated Growth in Digital Wine Marketplaces Offers Opportunity for Wineries in Pandemic Era and for the Future: Keri Tawney has overseen marketing and events at Delille Cellars in Washington, about 20 miles northeast of Seattle, for five years...

Afternoon Brief, November 9

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Constellation Brands and E. & J. Gallo Sign Agreement with Federal Trade Commission Staff: The proposed consent order marks the final stages in the FTC review process and remains subject to review and approval by the FTC Commissioners...

Afternoon Brief, November 6

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From Industrial Pesticides to Integrated Pest Management: A New Trend in Vineyard Practice: UAV-IQ is helping organic and conventional growers implement biocontrol in an efficient and cost-effective manner by using drones to release beneficial insects exactly when and where they’re needed to suppress pests...

Afternoon Brief, November 5

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Nation's Top Women Sommeliers Demand Revolutionary Change After Sexual Misconduct Claims Rock Wine World: Napa-based Court of Master Sommeliers, the most prestigious sommelier professional group in the country, should rescind titles for accused men, some women members say...

Afternoon Brief, November 4

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King of Wine Fraud Facing Freedom: He's back! Rudy Kurniawan gets out of prison this week, so lock up your wine cellars...

Afternoon Brief, November 3

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Elite Wine Group Suspends Master Sommeliers: After recent sexual harassment allegations by many women, the Court of Master Sommeliers has apologized and announced next steps...

Afternoon Brief, November 2

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‘Layers of Crises’: Napa Wine and Tourism Industries Navigate the Virus and Fires: Napa County’s two biggest industries — wine and tourism have one eye on coming winter weather that could dampen the enthusiasm of returning visitors and another on a recent alarming rise in COVID-19 cases...

Afternoon Brief, October 30

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Napa Nervous Over Cannabis: Concerns over ugly farms and unpleasant smells fuel Napa County's angst over growing cannabis...

Afternoon Brief, October 29

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Twenty-One Women Told The New York Times That They Have Been Sexually Harassed, Manipulated or Assaulted by Male Master Sommeliers: The Court of Master Sommeliers confers high honors, but many women candidates say they've paid a steep price...

Afternoon Brief, October 28

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Global Wine Production Remains Below Five-Year Average: Estimated global wine production for 2020 is expected to remain below the five-year average and in line with 2019, according to the International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV)...

Afternoon Brief, October 27

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Unified Symposium Reshuffles Program to Prioritize Wildfire Smoke Discussion: In response to the industry’s need for answers and solutions to the regular occurrence of seasonal wildfires in the West, the 2021 Unified Wine & Grape Symposium will launch its event on Tuesday, January 26, 2021, with a comprehensive discussion of the many issues related to wildfire smoke events and winegrowing...