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Afternoon Brief, October 7

California Wineries Plan Price Hikes: Young drinkers, cannabis and White Claw were much on the minds of attendees at last week's Wine Industry Financial Symposium in Napa but so were greater profit margins ...

Afternoon Brief, September 27

Police Dismantle Grape Harvest Human Trafficking Ring: In a joint operation on 17 September, over 80 law enforcers from both Bulgaria and France helped to raid an organised crime group involved in labour exploitation and money laundering. The group recruited workers from Bulgaria for the harvest season in France ...

Afternoon Brief, September 24

For California Wineries During Harvest, PG&E Power Outages Could Be Disastrous - Jon Phillips, a Santa Rosa winemaker, walked into his local hardware store in search of a generator only to learn another customer had walked out with the last one ...

Afternoon Brief, September 18

Would New Fee Empower Wine Country Marketing Efforts? : Should Santa Barbara County wineries impose a two percent fee on each bottle sold to help pay for regional marketing efforts? The staff and board members of the Santa Barbara Vintners certainly believe so...

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 ...