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Afternoon Brief, April 17

CEO of Francis Ford Coppola's Wine Pursuits Talks Reading the Consumer Zeitgeist: Forward-thinking has served Francis Ford Coppola in his pursuits in film, wine, hospitality and now cannabis. At the helm of much of this business is Corey Beck...

Afternoon Brief, April 3

E. & J. Gallo Winery Announces Deal with Constellation Brands: E. & J. Gallo Winery (Gallo) announced today that it has entered into an agreement with Constellation Brands, Inc. to purchase more than 30 wine and spirits brands, along with six winemaking facilities located in California, Washington, and New York...

Afternoon Brief, February 22

Roederer Buys Sonoma's Merry Edwards Winery: The Louis Roederer Champagne house has purchased Russian River Valley Pinot Noir specialist Merry Edwards Winery. The deal includes the brand and its inventory, as well as the winery and tasting room in Sebastopol and 79 acres spread over six vineyards...

Afternoon Brief, February 21

Constellation Brands to Discontinue 40% of Wine & Spirits Portfolio: This week at the Consumer Analyst Group of New York (CAGNY) Conference, Constellation Brands said that they expected to sell or discontinue up to 40% of their wine and spirits portfolio. Bill Newlands, president and COO, looked to reassure investors that the "best is yet to come."

Afternoon Brief, February 12

Napa County, Bremer Family Winery Reach Lawsuit Settlement: Napa County and Bremer Family Winery settled a lawsuit brought by the county against the winery over alleged permit and code violations, ending a dispute that called into question how the county interprets older use permits...

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, February 7

Tasting Room Trend Review and Forecast: What Flipped and What Flopped: Through findings from our Performance Tracker and Benchmarking Tracker tools, we see 2018 trends that worked (and didn't work.) What's unique about us and our study is that we know the winery story behind the data, so we are able to recommend best practices, tips, and tactics...

Afternoon Brief, February 5

Napa County Hits B Cellars with Code Notice over Food Service: Napa County says Oakville-based B Cellars winery appears to overemphasize food service in violation of county laws for wineries in unincorporated areas, with the winery disagreeing...

Afternoon Brief, January 24

Rombauer Vineyards Acquires Renwood Winery Facility in Sierra Foothills: Rombauer Vineyards, one of Napa Valley's premier, family-owned wineries, today announced the purchase of the Renwood Winery facility in Amador County. The sale includes 20 acres of vineyards, the wine production facility, and the tasting room located at 12225 Steiner Road in Plymouth, California...

Afternoon Brief, January 23

DTC Channel Is Reaching Maturity for Wine: Larry Cormier, General Manager, ShipCompliance by Sovos, presented the topline results from their annual Direct to Consumer Wine Shipping Report based on the 8 million transactions a year filtered through ShipCompliant by Sovos at the DTC Wine Symposium Wednesday...

Afternoon Brief, January 22

Supreme Court's Wine-Regulation Case Focuses on Protectionism:

Afternoon Brief, January 16

Millennials Still Missing as Fine-Wine Core Consumers, Says Silicon Valley Bank Report: Sales growth for U.S. wine is expected to remain in positive territory this year - better, for premium producers - but the industry needs to revamp its appeal to the next generations of core consumers else lose share of wallet to competing beverages and imported wines, according to a closely watched industry report released Wednesday evening...

Afternoon Brief, January 10

Important Crush Report May Be Impacted by Government Shutdown: The ongoing federal government shutdown, which began Dec. 22, may soon affect a key program of great importance to winegrape growers. Thursday, Jan. 10 is the deadline for wineries to submit grape purchase data from the 2018 harvest to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service Pacific Region office...

Afternoon Brief, January 7

Organic Grape Growing Harms Vineyard Soil, Says a Consumer Advocacy Group: According to the pro-science consumer advocacy group, American Council on Science and Health (ACSH), organic wine may not be good for the earth-or at the very least, it's bad for the local vineyard soil...

Afternoon Brief, December 28

Highs and Lows for Wineries: The South Okanagan wine industry had a tough time with smoke and the threat of fires this summer, but still managed to have a successful year with new events and wineries joining the scene...