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Afternoon Brief, August 15

How Wine World Has Changed Since Poor 2017 Global Harvest : 2017 was a long, protracted nightmare for so much of the world of wine. Circumstances came together so that both the northern and southern hemispheres both endured bad harvests in most of the major wine producing countries ...

Afternoon Brief, March 15

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: Robust Sales for Premium, Small-Production Wines While sales of domestic wines were flat in February at $2.8 billion,...

Afternoon Brief, August 29

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: Some U.S. States Are Cracking Down on Interstate Direct-To-Consumer Wine Shipping According to ShipCompliant by Sovos, at over...

Afternoon Brief, August 22

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: Napa Wine Merchant Accused of Fraud in Client's Lawsuit Bond investor Jeffrey Gundlach has filed suit against Soutirage...

Afternoon Brief, August 9

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: Investigation Continues into Large Mount Veeder Winery Wastewater Spill State investigators are still looking for the cause of...

Award-Winning Winemaker Charles Smith Unveils New Company Name – Wines of...

Wines of Substance Brands Include K Vintners, SIXTO, CasaSmith, Substance and B. Leighton Seattle, Wash. (August 8, 2017) – Charles Smith, founder of Washington’s largest...

U.S. Producers Betting on Rosé and Challenging French Dominance

“Is it on? Yes, it’s definitely on. Pink is trending; it’s a heavy trending thing, and I don’t see it going away at all,”...

Afternoon Brief, October 28

Bordeaux Court Deliberates on Fraud Case Involving More Than 1 Million Bottles of Wine: A Bordeaux judicial tribunal is weighing the fates of eight men accused of trying to pass off more than 1 million bottles of cheap plonk as more expensive Bordeaux from top appellations...

Afternoon Brief, October 27

Kansas Authorities Arrest Man for Fraud After Thousands of Dollars Worth of Napa Wine Disappears: Three Napa wineries may finally get some of their gold-medal winning wine worth tens of thousands of dollars back after James Allen Hall was arrested Friday in Wichita, Kansas...

Afternoon Brief, October 21

Napa Winery Tied to Dahl Murder-Suicide Tragedy Seeks Rebirth: A winery property is being reborn after hitting a tragic snag when former tenant Robert Dahl was involved in a 2015 murder-suicide case that drew nationwide attention...

Afternoon Brief, October 19

Charles Smith Reshapes Washington Wine Industry: When Charles Smith makes a move, the earth moves. On Monday, a big "crack" was heard throughout the Washington wine industry when it was announced that Smith had sold his eponymous wine brand to mega-giant Constellation Brands for a reported $120 million...

Afternoon Brief, October 17

Constellation Buys Five of Charles Smith's Washington Wine Brands for $120 Million: Constellation Brands added to its burgeoning collection of premium wine brands, announcing this morning an agreement to purchase five Washington brands from Charles Smith Wines for $120 million...

Afternoon Brief, July 25

Huneeus Vintners to Buy Hambrecht Wine Group's Russian River Valley Winery Complex for $15.5 Million: Napa-based Huneeus Vintners has decided to buy a winery complex in Sonoma County for $15.5 million, ending months of speculation over the future of the property, according to court records...

Afternoon Brief, April 20

Here Comes La Niña, Meteorologists Say: In the midst of a major El Nino, federal meteorologists say it's flip side, La Nina, is around the corner...

Afternoon Brief, October 6

Sonoma County Vineyard Owners Lauded for Water Conservation: Two top state regulators came to Wine Country Friday to applaud 41 rural landowners, including the owners of seven vineyards, for signing voluntary agreements to conserve water or add water to coho salmon-rearing creeks in the Russian River watershed...