Afternoon Brief

Afternoon Brief, April 12th

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Sonoma County Wine Industry Group to Expel Dominic Foppoli's Winery Following Sexual Assault Allegations: The Russian River Winegrowers are the first in the wine industry to formally distance themselves from the Windsor mayor and vintner...

Afternoon Brief, April 9th

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Constellation’s Wine Premiumization Strategy Is Starting to Pay Off: Constellation’s STZ +0.2% sell-off of its lower-priced wine brands to E&J Gallo seems to be paying off in terms of promoting their “premiumization” strategy in the wine arena...

Afternoon Brief, April 8th

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Four Women Say Windsor Mayor Dominic Foppoli, ‘Prince’ of Wine Country, Sexually Assaulted Them: In the summer of 2019, Rose Fumoso left her home in southern France to intern at a Sonoma County winery, where the 21-year-old greeted customers in the tasting room and assessed the ripeness of grapes from the vineyard. As the season wound down in September, a friend invited Fumoso to a party celebrating the end of harvest...

Afternoon Brief, April 7th

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The Bollinger Family to Acquire Ponzi Vineyards: The Bollinger family, owners of iconic Champagne Bollinger in addition to four other historic estates in France, announce the upcoming acquisition of their first winery in the United States, with the purchase of Oregon’s famed Ponzi Vineyards...

Afternoon Brief, April 6th

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Jackson versus Gallo: Label Wars 2: Two wine giants are squaring off over a labeling spat in a follow-up to a similar lawsuit in the '90s...

Afternoon Brief, April 5th

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Mess on the High Seas: That Imported Wine You Want Might Be Stuck on a Boat: U.S. importers are struggling to find freighter space for their wines, as they feel the rippling effects of tariffs and the COVID-19 pandemic...

Afternoon Brief, April 2nd

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Napa’s Wine Industry Seeks Legislative Aid for Labor, Fire Concerns: Napa Valley’s wine industry is asking the government at all levels to help it recover from economic and labor issues exacerbated by the chaos of 2020...

Afternoon Brief, April 1st

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When Smoke Gets in Your Wine: With so much at stake in the world’s wine industry, UC Davis researchers are focused closely on mitigating the effects of climate change in viticulture...

Afternoon Brief, March 31st

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Constellation Brands Announces Establishments of a Dedicated Fine Wine & Craft Spirits Business Unit: Constellation Brands, Inc., a leading beverage alcohol company, today announced the promotions of three leaders in the company’s wine and spirits division and the establishment of a dedicated business unit focused on its Fine Wine & Craft Spirits brands...

Afternoon Brief, March 30th

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For First Time, Beer Imports Topped Wine Imports In 2020: For the first time ever, the value of beer imported into the United States was greater in 2020 than the value for wine. Covid-19 story? Actually, no...

Afternoon Brief, March 29th

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It’s in the Can: Premium Wine with a DTC Model, Celebrating Diverse Producers: So, you think wine in cans is a slick joke? Think again. Maker Wine Company, co-founded by Stanford Business School classmates Sarah Hoffman and Kendra Kawala, is out to change minds, one sip at a time...

Afternoon Brief, March 26th

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Winery Wildfires: How Record Wildfires Are Impacting Wineries Today: The events of recent years have truly tested the resilience of wineries. Wildfires dominating headlines in wine country since 2017 were interrupted briefly by the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, only to return again – and with a record-breaking vengeance...

Afternoon Brief, March 25th

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Sparkling Varietals & Online Ordering Drive Wine Performance in the On Premise: New data from On Premise research and insights consultancy CGA has revealed strong performance numbers for wine, deeming it the most ordered category for takeout alcohol throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. In January 2021 alone, 52% of consumers ordering takeout alcohol included wine in their order...

Afternoon Brief, March 24th

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5 Women Leaders Helping Wineries to Be Successful: The wine industry draws people passionate about their work, whether they are growing grapes, making wine or supporting those who do. These five wine industry women share that passion, providing high-quality products, equipment and services to enable wineries to do what they do best — create great wines...

Afternoon Brief, March 23rd

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Oregon’s Alcohol Producers Temporarily Stop A 3000% Tax Hike: What happens to Oregon’s alcohol taxes? That’s what the former sponsor of a spiked bill to raise taxes on alcohol by up to 3,000% wants to know before she decides whether to back any similar bills in the future...