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Afternoon Brief, May 17

Uncorking Success: Highlights from the 2024 Wine Sales Symposium: The one-day educational conference, held at the Hyatt Regency Sonoma Wine Country in Santa Rosa, Calif., focused on delivering insights, advice, and predictions from industry leaders and winery executives from thriving brands sharing their strategies for succeeding in this competitive landscape...

Expert Editorial: What Will Consumers Be Drinking in 2023?

With prices of Champagne and white Burgundy remaining strong, lesser known wine regions, such as Sicily and the Maremma, will gain more attention in...

Under Pressure: Behind the Battle to Lighten Champagne’s Bottle Weights

The standard Champagne bottle — 1,250 grams at the beginning of the 20th century, has lightened considerably. The industry as a whole is continuing...

Champagne Shipped More than 34 Million Bottles to U.S. in 2021

U.S. leads global shipments in both volume and value as shipments rebound nearly 64 percent from 2020 levels March 23 - WASHINGTON – The Champagne Bureau,...

Afternoon Brief, September 14

Winemakers Still Fighting the Clone Wars: It's a topic that divides winemakers, but few consumers ever think about – clonal selection...

Afternoon Brief, February 4

Unraveling the Master Sommelier Exam Cheating Scandal More than a year after the scandal that rocked the wine world in 2018, candidates and Master Sommeliers are still fighting for change...

Afternoon Brief, January 14

Oversupply of Premium Wine, Slower Sales Growth to Spur Discount Brands, Says Silicon Valley Bank Forecast: It used to be enough for U.S. wineries to make great wine and find ways to get it into the hands of consumers, but vintners large and small now are going to have to bring their marketing and efficiency A-game to survive the erosion of sales growth from oversupply and increasing competition from other drinks and teetotaling, according to a newly released report closely watched by the industry...

US Champagne Tariffs Threaten Critical Blow to Powerhouse Market, Says GlobalData

Following reports that the US is considering raising import tariffs on French goods including Champagne; Andy Morton, Deputy Editor at GlobalData, a leading data and...

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, September 16

As Harvest Season Ramps Up, Napa Wineries Mindful of Carbon Dioxide Poisoning: Harvest season isn't just a hectic time for winemakers in the Napa Valley. It's also a busy stretch for wine country safety consultants, including Nicol Cadet-Cottam of Nicola Health and Safety. Among the major safety concerns for wineries is the possibility that workers could pass out in confined spaces, such as wine storage tanks or presses...

Afternoon Brief, September 3

Can New Grapes Save the Wine Industry from Climate Change? : Heat waves, frost, rainstorms: As climate change continues to present challenges in vineyards, vintners across the globe are trying to figure out how to manage new and ever-changing conditions...

Afternoon Brief, July 5

Could Coca Cola Try to Buy Pernod Ricard’s Wine Brands?: Rumours started circulating around Pernod Ricards intention to sell its wine brands, which include Jacobs Creek, based out of the Barossa Valley, and other labels including Brancott Estate, Kenwood and Campo Viejo, earlier this year ...

Afternoon Brief, June 24

California's 2017 Vintage Feels the Burn: Whenever dozens of people die in a natural disaster, it feels unseemly to discuss the manner in which it affects sectors of the luxury industry. And yet, it's inevitable...

Afternoon Brief, May 28

Purple Wine + Spirits Seeks Sizable Change to West Sonoma County Winery: At a time when a number of North Coast vintners have been trying to get permission to expand how much wine they can produce, Purple Wine + Spirits wants to dramatically reduce the number of bottles and trucks that roll out of its large west Sonoma County winery...

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...