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Afternoon Brief, December 2

Taking the Direct Route to Wine: Direct to Consumer (DtC) sales are rapidly growing in the US as more states relax their rules, benefiting both producer and consumer alike. However, treasury departments nationwide also stand to benefit from the host of taxes, fees, licenses and permits that individual states can impose ...

Afternoon Brief, September 26

How Cameron Hughes Plays the Allocation Shuffle with California's Wine Glut - The last time I interviewed Cameron Hughes, CEO of the giant wine distributor under his name, he told me about how some of most illustrious cult wines of California, whose bottlings win 95-point ratings from the wine media and sell for hundreds of dollars ...

Afternoon Brief, July 11

Hybrid grapes don't get much love. France bans them in classified wines, except for Baco Noir in Armagnac distillation. Austria permits their use in the making and selling Uhudler wines in Sudburgenland but affords them the lowest labeling standard - Wein (formerly Tafelwein). In the United States, despite all the cold winters these grapes hardily endure, they dont always receive the warmest welcome among wine buyers...

Afternoon Brief, January 20

Sonoma Valley Vintners Alliance Prunes Away from Wine Country Weekend: While it is being billed as an amicable, beneficial parting of the ways, eyebrows raised in the wine industry yesterday when the Sonoma Valley Vintners and Growers Alliance announced at its annual members meeting that the trade organization will no longer co-own and co-operate the wildly successful Wine Country Weekend...

Afternoon Brief, January 10

This will be a brief update, but given the widespread significant storm impacts expected later today I felt a quick post was in order…

Afternoon Brief, May 18

U.S. Wine Industry Facing Steep Tariffs from Canada: Today the World Trade Organization Dispute Settlement Body issued their final ruling against the United States country of origin labeling (COOL) requirements for muscle cuts of meat. What does that mean for the wine industry? If the United States does not repeal its COOL rule, Canada and Mexico will retaliate with substantive tariffs on a variety of American products which could include wine...

Afternoon Brief, September 5

Winemaker Loses Right Hand in Harvest Accident: To veteran winemaker Bruno D'Alfonso, the screams exploding from the neighboring winery were eerily familiar, reminiscent of a sailing trip many years ago to Santa Cruz Island with his former boss, Richard Sanford...