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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 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, August 27

Expanded 2018 WIN Expo Conference Stacked with Wine Business Experts: The 7th annual North Coast Wine Industry Expo (WIN Expo), the second largest wine industry trade show in North America, has bolstered the conference portion of its program this year to address the increasing complexity of issues facing the wine industry...

Afternoon Brief, June 5

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: Premium Private Label Wines Driving Growth If your idea of a private label wine is "Two-Buck Chuck" from...

Afternoon Brief, July 26

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: U.S. Wine Exports to European Union Fall The major fall in sales to the EU saw US wine...

Afternoon Brief, May 18

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: Constellation Brands Might Be Sniffing Around Ste. Michelle Wine Estates Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, the umbrella for a...

Afternoon Brief, November 16

In Pursuit of Balance Wine Group Calls It Quits with Last Tasting: To a passerby, the scene would have looked unremarkable: another wine tasting at another fancy San Francisco restaurant...

Afternoon Brief, November 11

This Algorithm’s Taste in Wine Is Better Than Yours: So, you want to buy a bottle of wine. You sort of know what you like-bold reds, crisp whites-but not much more than the names of a few grapes...

Afternoon Brief, October 20

Global Wine Production Expected to Fall by 5% Due to 'Climatic Events': Global wine production is expected to fall by 5% in 2016 because of "climatic events" causing steep drops in production in most of the southern hemisphere, particularly Chile and Argentina...

Afternoon Brief, October 12

Sonoma County Grower Credits Great Growing-Season Weather for a Great 2016 Wine Grape Crop: By the end of the first week of October, the 2016 harvest was all but over for veteran Sonoma County wine grape grower Duff Bevill...

Afternoon Brief, September 12

Winery Owner Charles Banks Is Indicted in Federal Court: In a surprising turn for a onetime rising star in the wine industry, Charles A. Banks walked into a San Antonio courthouse wearing handcuffs Friday after surrendering to authorities...

Afternoon Brief, August 4

California Wine Shows Strength in Challenging Economy: The California wine and winegrape sector and allied businesses deliver a total economic contribution of $57.6 billion annually to the state's economy and $114.1 billion annually to the U.S. economy according to a new report commissioned by Wine Institute and the California Association of Winegrape Growers...

Afternoon Brief, July 11

Sonoma County Winery Development at Issue in Debate About Events: Sonoma County has approved more than 300 new wineries and tasting rooms in the past 16 years - a nearly 360 percent increase over the previous three decades - and many of those wineries have decided in recent years to boost business by offering an array of events, from wine-tasting dinners to weddings and harvest parties...

Afternoon Brief June 17

Head of Sonoma Winegrape Commission Vows to Raise Visibility – and Prices – for Sonoma Grapes: The charismatic president of the Sonoma County Winegrape Commission wants to raise the price wineries pay for Sonoma grapes, which now sell for much less than those in Napa County, and her approach is multifaceted...

Afternoon Brief May 26

Experts: Smaller 2016 Crop May Increase ‘Buyer Fatigue’ from High Grape, Wine Prices: The consumers' thirst for better-quality wine continues to deepen, but the diminishing North Coast supply of grapes and wine may mean less of the growth in higher-end brands will be coming from the region, market experts told a gathering of industry professionals in Napa on May 25 ...