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Afternoon Brief, August 30

‘Terroir…Is That a Dog?’ Survey Exposes Wine Knowledge: Wine experts have grappled with a definition of terroir for decades, but more than one in four Britons surveyed thought that it referred to a small breed of dog, according to results published this week. While 34% did correctly connect terroir to wine, another 30% of respondents believed it was a type of French horror film ...

Afternoon Brief, August 27

Wineries Share Their Point-of-Sale System Priorities and Experiences - Point-of-Sale systems in wineries seem to be a love-hate relationship many times the hate overcoming the love as the frustrations of adapting to changing and challenging environments puts a strain on winery personnel and the electronic retail and data system that supports their efforts ...

Afternoon Brief, August 26

Wine Drinkers Face an Uncertain and Precarious Future: American wine drinkers find themselves in what could legitimately be called the Golden Age of Wine. The unprecedented selection and diversity of wines available continue to increase ...

Afternoon Brief, August 19

Amazon Above the Law in California: Amazon is openly flouting California liquor law. In February, Amazon, doing business as Prime Now, was issued a liquor license to open a liquor store in Los Angeles. California requires businesses that offer alcohol for home delivery to have a brick-and-mortar store...

Afternoon Brief, August 12

Amazon Plans New Wine Store: Online giant Amazon's footprint in the wine market is set to grow, with a bricks-and-mortar liquor store planned for San Francisco, boosting the company's existing Prime Now delivery service. According to the San Francisco Business Times' Business Insider, Amazon has applied to the city's Board of Supervisors for a license to set up a liquor store in the Dogpatch neighborhood of the city ...

Afternoon Brief, August 6

US Remains ‘Most Attractive’ Wine Market, According to New Report: The US has again topped the list as the most attractive wine market in the world, though the sustained volume growth of the past decade has largely subsided, according to Wine Intelligences Global Compass 2019 report...

Afternoon Brief, August 1

How Napa County Seeks to Streamline the Winery Permit Process - Recently, local members of the wine industry in Napa County have been actively engaged with county government in discussions regarding ways to streamline the winery use permit process. Frustrated with the cost and lengthy time frames associated with the current process, local vintners have been ...

Afternoon Brief, July 29

Wine in Cans Could Be 10% of Category Says Free Flow Wines: Free Flow Wines are betting big on the continued growth of alternative sustainable wine packaging with an investment of around $10 million in a new state-of the-art 58,000 square foot facility in Sonoma. The facility is designed from the ground up to support Free Flow Wines projected growth of both their kegging and canning business ...

Afternoon Brief, July 24

Napa Winemakers Tap Sonoma for Pinot, Chardonnay: Pinot noir has been called many things. The heartbreak grape. Temperamental. Finicky. Demanding. Untrustworthy. Difficult to grow and vinify. Yet once in the bottle, pinot noir undergoes a personality transformation...

Afternoon Brief, July 19

Gallo Deal Delay Impacts Growers: In April, Constellation struck a $1.7 billion deal to sell 30 wine brands to Gallo, upending the cheap wine market in the US. But the deal has not been approved by federal regulators, leaving some grape farmers unsure what will happen with this year's crop ...

Afternoon Brief, July 18

More Lawsuits Follow Supreme Court Decision: After the US Supreme Court's landmark ruling outlawing discrimination in wine shipping last month, the obvious question was, what's next? This week we got the answer. Lawsuits have been filed against four states Indiana, Kentucky, New Jersey and Texas that allow their own wine shops to ship to consumers, but not out-of-state shops ...

Afternoon Brief, July 17

Gallo Deal Uncertainty Delaying Grape Purchases: The sale between two major winemakers is keeping some grapes from being purchased. The $1.7 billion deal in which E&J Gallo Winery would buy 34 wine and spirit labels from Constellation Brands remains in limbo after being announced back in April ...

Afternoon Brief, July 16

Wasps May Save California Vineyards from ‘Invasion’ by Chinese Fly: Researchers are concerned about the potential spread of the spotted lanternfly, which first showed up in the US in Pennsylvania five years ago but was found in Virginia vineyards in early 2018 ...

Afternoon Brief, July 15

The Role of Nanotechnology in the Future of Wine Research: Early research into smart materials or magnetic nanoparticles to remove proteins and unwanted aromas has been promising and researchers say the technology could potentially be used to remove other wine faults such as smoke or cork taint in the future ...

Afternoon Brief, June 25

Bordeaux vs. Napa: What Is the Best Wine Region in the World? : In 1976, the Judgment of Paris shocked the wine world. In a blind tasting, an all-French panel of experts rated a California Cabernet above four top Bordeaux, elevating Napa from backwater to world class. We've created a rematch of sorts to see how these legendary regions stack up against each other now...