Afternoon Brief

Afternoon Brief, February 18

What's in a Name? AVA Overload: In a market jammed with producers desperate to stay (or become) relevant, winemakers are turning to the government in a desperate bid for desirability. Winemakers in the US and elsewhere are lining up to get the region in which they grow their grapes officially recognized...

Afternoon Brief, February 15

Italian Authorities Uncover Counterfeit Tignanello Wine Scheme: Italian authorities have arrested three suspects in a scheme to sell at least 11,000 counterfeit bottles of the legendary super Tuscan wine Antinori Toscana Tignanello in Italy, Germany and Belgium ...

Afternoon Brief, February 14

Treasury Wine Sees Revenue Jump 13% in First Half: Treasury Wine Estates (TWE) has revealed a strong set of numbers for its fiscal first half ended in December. Overall, the company posted a 13% revenue rise at constant currency to A$1.5 billion ($1.1b), while EBITS leapt 18% to A$338 million ($240m) ...

Afternoon Brief, February 13

What Makes This Year’s ProWein So Special? It’s the Silver Anniversary - In advance of March's ProWein, the annual trade fair in Düsseldorf, Germany, Wine Enthusiast's Contributing Editor Anne Krebiehl MW spoke with Eva Rowe, vice president of Messe Düsseldorf North America, the U.S. arm of ProWein's organizers ...

Afternoon Brief, February 12

Napa County, Bremer Family Winery Reach Lawsuit Settlement: Napa County and Bremer Family Winery settled a lawsuit brought by the county against the winery over alleged permit and code violations, ending a dispute that called into question how the county interprets older use permits...

Afternoon Brief, February 11

WineDirect Sues Former Employees for Allegedly Misappropriating Trade Secrets: WineDirect Inc. is suing two former employees for allegedly misappropriating trade secrets to benefit their e-commerce platform, according to the complaint ...

Afternoon Brief, February 8

Mt. Difficulty Sold to Foley Family Wines for $52M: A statement from the OIO last week said the purchase included about 70ha of freehold land and about 110ha of leasehold land at the Bannockburn vineyard. Mt. Difficulty is a medium-sized vineyard known for its Mt. Difficulty and Roaring Meg labels, and particularly its Pinot Noir and Riesling, produced by winemaker Matt Dicey...

Afternoon Brief, February 7

Tasting Room Trend Review and Forecast: What Flipped and What Flopped: Through findings from our Performance Tracker and Benchmarking Tracker tools, we see 2018 trends that worked (and didn't work.) What's unique about us and our study is that we know the winery story behind the data, so we are able to recommend best practices, tips, and tactics...

Afternoon Brief, February 6

Mary Ann Graf, Who Paved the Way for California Women Winemakers, Dies at 76: Mary Ann Graf, widely considered the first woman winemaker in California after Prohibition, died after a nearly three year battle with pancreatic cancer on Jan. 30. A representative of Graf's friends and family confirmed the news...

Afternoon Brief, February 5

Napa County Hits B Cellars with Code Notice over Food Service: Napa County says Oakville-based B Cellars winery appears to overemphasize food service in violation of county laws for wineries in unincorporated areas, with the winery disagreeing...

Afternoon Brief, February 4

Should You Ignore What Your Customers Want? The Great Winemakers Do: Among French wines, Château Pétrus is legendary. Consumers pay over $1,000 for a single bottle. Talking with Christian Moueix, the owner and long-time winemaker of Pétrus, Kellogg's Gregory Carpenter asked an innocent question: When crafting a wine, how do you think about the consumer?

Afternoon Brief, February 1

Malibu Winery Sues Electricity Company After Fire: Cielo Farms winery, along with multiple homeowners, filed a suit at the Los Angeles Superior Court on Tuesday (29 January), blaming Southern California Edison (SCE) for the losses caused by the Woolsey Fire ...

Afternoon Brief January 31

Wine and Sex Off the Millennial Menu The State of the Industry presentation Wednesday at the annual Unified Wine & Grape Symposium in Sacramento wasn't quite as gloomy as Silicon Valley Bank's dark take on the future two weeks earlier. Instead of "duck and cover", it was more motivational, as grapegrowers were encouraged to strap their boots on and fight for their future...

Afternoon Brief January 30

Napa's Board of Supervisors Swamped with Public Comments over Vineyard Development Rules Napa County supervisors finally had their say on how to balance oak and watershed protections with new vineyard development after hearing plenty of passionate, conflicting advice from the public...

Afternoon Brief, January 29

Chris Bilbro, Founder of Sonoma's Marietta Cellars and Father to Three Winemakers, Dies at 72 Bilbro built a successful winery by making bold red blends from old Sonoma vineyards that other wineries ignored...