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Afternoon Brief, April 29

Turning a Critical Eye on Wine Critics: One of the frequent digs made in the Cabernet-infused cock pit of the bad old days (the Robert Parker bulletin board in the mid-noughties) was that, while the likes of Decanter magazine and certain wine competitions were all very well, their group tasting approach could smother the individual greatness of certain wines and the individual insights that came with the lone star approach...

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, October 22

The Wine Group Announces Acquisition of 7 Deadly Brand: The Wine Group announced today that it has purchased the 7 Deadly brand, the #1 Zinfandel brand in the U.S., from Michael David Winery. First released in 2002, 7 Deadlys lead SKU, 7 Deadly Zins, has been the #1 Zinfandel in America since 2015...

Afternoon Brief, March 13

The Nexus Linking IBM, California Wine, and Climate Modeling This month, IBM announced the creation of a cloud-based geospatial information and analytics service. Its designed to help people analyze big data sets comprising information such as satellite images, climate models, and tweets, or more localized data like feeds from IoT sensors...