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Afternoon Brief, March 12

The Maddening Business of Marketing to Millennials: "I do think Bordeaux is potentially losing a generation," argues NYC-based sommelier Cedric Nicaise. "The wines are expensive, seen as 'old' by many younger people and are not cool ...

Afternoon Brief, February 28

The Changing Face of Luxury Wine: Given current economic conditions, the high rollers seem to keep wining across the globe. Given the ever-higher stakes for luxury products across the world, there continues to be greater interest in luxury wines across all price points. However, surprisingly, there is still very little ...

Afternoon Brief, January 8

Napa County Winery Permit Enforcement Deadline Spurs Scramble for Professionals: Napa County is undertaking a sizable effort this year to tighten enforcement of limits on how much local wineries can grow. But with less than three months until a deadline to file for permit modifications, there's growing concern among the small cadre of professionals usually tasked with such documentation about meeting the deadline...

Afternoon Brief, January 4

Constellation’s $3 Billion Wine Sale: What’s on the Block: Last fall, multiple reports surfaced that Constellation Brands is exploring a selloff of several wine labels among them Clos du Bois, Cooks, Arbor Mist, and Mark West as it looks to continue premiumizing its portfolio in line with market trends ...

Afternoon Brief, December 20

Trade-Enforcement Agencies Are Ramping Up Their Wine-Sales Investigations: Wholesalers and retailers of wine and spirits had better be aware of the new retail norms. The Washington D.C.-based Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) has been ramping up its investigations into legal infractions that break the Tied House Rules ...

Afternoon Brief, December 17

Farm Bill Contains Wine Provisions to Help Vintners: Federal farm bill contains provisions for wine industry. The $867 million federal farm bill recently passed by the U.S. Congress contains provisions that will benefit the domestic wine industry ...

Afternoon Brief, November 19

Harvard Spent $100 Million on Vineyards. Now It's Fighting with the Neighbors: Four years ago, Harvard University bought an old cattle ranch in the foothills of the Sierra Madre Mountains. On an arid expanse north of Santa Barbara, California, the schools endowment set out to make money from a notoriously tricky business: vineyards ...

Afternoon Brief, November 7

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: John Fetzer Sells Mendocino’s Saracina Vineyards to the Taub Family’s Heritance Vintners The Taub family, owners of Palm...

Afternoon Brief, August 14

Healdsburg Wine Company Truett-Hurst Sells Off Wholesale Business to Seattle Firm Truett-Hurst Inc. announced Monday it has sold its wholesale wine business for $18 million and will focus solely on its direct-to-consumer business ...

Afternoon Brief, July 24

France’s AXA Millésimes Buys Outpost Winery in Napa Valley AXA Millésimes, the wine division of the French insurance giant, is expanding to California. The company, which owns wineries in Bordeaux, Burgundy, Portugal and Hungary, is purchasing Outpost, a winery on Napa Valley's Howell Mountain, from Kathy and Frank Dotzler...

Wine Consumers Tasting Cabernets

By Denise Gardner I was recently at a wedding in which one of the guests brought her glass of wine to me and said, “Taste...

Afternoon Brief, June 26

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: California White Wines Innovate Both Within and Beyond Chardonnay With expansive growing regions and a world-class reputation, California...

Afternoon Brief, June 21

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: Is Originality Overpriced When It Comes to Wine? Replica Wine, a Colorado company, is reverse-engineering famous wines to...

California Wine Sales in U.S. Market Hit $35.2 Billion in 2017

San Francisco — California wine shipments in the U.S. reached an estimated retail value of $35.2 billion in 2017, up 3% from the previous...

Afternoon Brief, May 7

Concern over Accurate Labeling Grows Despite decades in which California wine producers have sadly, yet legally and profitably labeled their products as "Champagne," and "Port," advocates of what a geographical place really conveys are finally fighting to get what they believe is essential information conveyed to consumers at large...