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Afternoon Brief, February 6

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Beer Is the Drink of Choice Among Americans, with Wine Moving Up in the Ranks: Beer had edged out wine as US adults (21 years and older) drink of choice, according to a survey by The Harris Poll that included responses from 2,148 people in late January 2017...

Afternoon Brief, January 19

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Big Blends Take Over US Wine Lists: Restaurant wine sales in the United States are down and enormous wineries are starting to dominate wine lists, which could change the way people learn about wine...

Wine Institute Applauds United States’ WTO Challenge to British Columbia Wine...

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Washington DC—Wine Institute, the public policy advocacy group for California wineries, applauds today's announcement by the U.S. government requesting formal World Trade Organization (WTO) consultations...

Afternoon Brief, December 27

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Trinchero Family Estates Announces Purchase of the Five Rivers Winery Facility in Paso Robles AVA: Trinchero Family Estates (TFE) today announced its purchase of the Five Rivers Winery facility in located in the Paso Robles AVA. TFE purchased the site from Fetzer Vineyards, who has owned it since 2000...

Afternoon Brief, December 22

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Despite Protectionism Fears, People Will Want to Continue Trading Wine Worldwide: Following the shock outcomes from events like Brexit and the U.S. election, concerns over a rise in protectionist measures is putting businesses around the globe on edge...

Afternoon Brief, December 9

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Wine Harvest Report 2016: A Record-Breaking Haul Has Washington Vintners in Good Spirits: Washington vintners are calling 2016 the longest harvest they can remember.The extended season allowed their grapes to ripen slowly, with early reports indicating a good vintage, especially for the state's Cabernet Sauvignon...

Afternoon Brief, November 29

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The Immigrants Who Help Make Your Wine Are Afraid of Trump: On election night in Napa Valley, Enrique Ayón was glued to the TV. Ayón, a Mexican citizen who's worked in the wine industry for 20 years, was sure Clinton would win - she had experience, and he couldn't imagine voters would support Trump after the way he had insulted Mexicans and women, among others...

Afternoon Brief, November 28

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Free Flow Wines Sparkles with Innovation on Tap and Beyond the Keg: Free Flow Wines saw the rising popularity of sparkling wines and the category's particular challenges for delivering an optimal by the glass experience as an opportunity to expand the portfolio of services they offer, and their innovative work to create a sparkling keg program for wineries was recognized with a 2016 WINnovation Award...

Afternoon Brief, November 16

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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 15

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Opportunity Knocks: Challenges for Winery Associations: Regardless of the size of a winegrowing region or the number of wineries or vineyards in it, the biggest challenge is continuing to attract visitors in an ever-evolving marketplace...

Afternoon Brief, October 26

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Wine Industry Wants Greater Say in Sonoma County Groundwater Regulation: Vintners and wine industry representatives on Tuesday pressed Sonoma County supervisors to give farming interests a greater say in how California's new law governing groundwater is put into place on a local level...

Afternoon Brief, September 26

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Harvest Fair Awards Gala Names Coveted Sweepstakes Winners: Family-owned wineries - both large and small - won the coveted sweepstakes awards Sunday at the Sonoma County Harvest Fair Awards Gala...

Afternoon Brief, September 20

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Wine Retailers Throw Down Gauntlet Against Direct-Shipping Restrictions: The book on modern direct-to-consumer wine-shipping law was written at the U.S. Supreme Court in 2005 with the Granholm v. Healddecision...

Afternoon Brief, September 14

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Running Winery Associations from the East Coast to the West Coast: Meet Morgen McLaughlin: Running a wine association takes a tireless multi-tasker. The job is a combination of strategy, business development, marketing, finance and politics...

Afternoon Brief, August 9

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Williams Selyem Acquires 121 Year-Old Russian River Valley Zinfandel Vineyard: Williams Selyem Winery, a producer of iconic Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Zinfandel for 35 years, announced today it has purchased the historic Saitone Vineyard located on Olivet Road in Sonoma County's Russian River Valley...