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Afternoon Brief, December 6th

New Lawsuit Challenges Protectionist California Wine Distribution Law: The National Association of Wine Retailers announced its support today for a lawsuit challenging a discriminatory and protectionist California restriction on out-of-state wineries selling directly to California retailers and restaurants...

Award-Winning Bricoleur Vineyards Promotes Chef Todd Knoll to Executive Chef and...

Chef Thomas Bellec becomes Bricoleur Vineyards’ Culinary Director WINDSOR, California (December 5, 2023) – Mark Hanson, Co-Founder & CEO of Bricoleur Vineyards, the home of Wine...

Afternoon Brief, October 26th

Washington State University's Sensor-Laden Chardonnay Block Collects Data for AI Scientists and Offers Demonstrations for Growers: Automating vineyard irrigation requires a network of sensors, solar panels, wires and data loggers that can be at risk of run-ins with equipment. That’s one of the first lessons the engineers learned at Washington State University’s Smart Vineyard demo farm in Prosser...

Afternoon Brief, October 5th

Website Launches to Inform Public About Lawsuits: Hoopes Vineyards, Summit Lake Vineyards and Smith-Madrone Winery are suing Napa County over unconstitutional patterns and practices and have now launched saveoursmallwineries.org...

Afternoon Brief, September 28th

Is a Robotic Arm in Calistoga Pouring the Future?: An early-stage piece of technology at Maria Concetto's tasting room in Calistoga is turning heads. Known as RobinoVino, this robotic wine-pouring arm is not merely a novelty but a functional prototype with potentially significant implications for the sector...

Afternoon Brief, September 26th

Champagne Pickers Treated 'Like Dogs': French public prosecutor opens two human trafficking investigations after France shuts down grape picker accommodation sites...

Slow Food International’s USA “Snail of Approval” Is Awarded to Bricoleur...

The Snail of Approval, given to farms that are making a significant contribution to improving the food system, will be presented to the Bricoleur...

Afternoon Brief, September 25th

No Signs of a Turning Point Yet for Wine: There has been little change in the trajectory of the U.S. wine market over the past three months...

Afternoon Brief, September 8th

Two Wineries Join Lawsuit Accusing Napa County of Unconstitutional Patterns & Practices: Two wineries have filed motions to join Hoopes Vineyards as parties in interest in the ongoing action against Napa County alleging an unlawful pattern and practice of forcing wineries that have operated for decades to seek permits for rights they have long possessed...

Afternoon Brief, September 6th

Renowned International Winemaker Files Lawsuit Against Napa County over Denial of Water Rights: Jayson Woodbridge, owner and winemaker of one of the world’s most sought-after wines, has filed suit against the County of Napa after the county refused to issue permits for water wells on Woodbridge’s vineyard properties, in violation of state and federal law...

Afternoon Brief, August 14th

Maui Wildfires Kill Dozens and Devastate Communities and Hospitality Businesses: The historic town of Lahaina, popular with tourists, has lost hundreds of buildings, including restaurants like Fleetwood's on Front St., owned by musician Mick Fleetwood...

For the Time Ever in the USA: Sur La Table Partners...

August 14th - For the first time ever in the country, Sur La Table is partnering with a winery for the specialty retailer’s popular...

Afternoon Brief, July 26th

Breakthru Beverage Founder Rocky Wirtz Dies: Rocky Wirtz, co-chairman and founder of US distributor Breakthru Beverage Group and owner of ice hockey team Chicago Blackhawks, has died at the age of 70...

Afternoon Brief, February 1st

How a California Premium Winery Quickly Flipped Its Boomer-Dominated Consumer Base to Younger Generations: Amid more sobering reports this month that wine is becoming an increasingly tougher sell to younger, diverse generations came two surprising signs that the industry can quickly and successfully change course...

Legendary Winemaker Bob Cabral Joins Bricoleur Vineyards

Cabral, who previously led Williams Selyem and Three Sticks, will serve as Bricoleur Vineyards’ Co-Winemaker - collaborating with current Winemaker Cary Gott and Assistant...
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