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Afternoon Brief January 31

Wine and Sex Off the Millennial Menu The State of the Industry presentation Wednesday at the annual Unified Wine & Grape Symposium in Sacramento wasn't quite as gloomy as Silicon Valley Bank's dark take on the future two weeks earlier. Instead of "duck and cover", it was more motivational, as grapegrowers were encouraged to strap their boots on and fight for their future...

Afternoon Brief, December 12

Illinois Distributor's Massive Payout to TTB: As the Washington DC-based Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) ramps up its trade practice-enforcement investigations, more wholesalers are appearing on their radar for foul play and Tied House infractions...

Afternoon Brief, October 29

The Winery That Cried Wolf on Cork: Amorim, the largest cork producer in the world has made major innovations in closures over the years. From updating cork-harvesting techniques and standards to producing higher quality corks for less money with less labor the Santa Maria de Lamas, Portugal-based cork giant has constantly attempted to innovate and change up the game on the wine closure industry...

Afternoon Brief, September 19

DTC Channel Goes Mainstream: Direct shipping of wine is now mainstream in much of the United States. Last year, volume of direct-shipped wine was up 15.3% to 5.78 million cases, with consumer spending growing 15.5% to $2.69 billion...

Afternoon Brief, September 14

Vineyards in a Hurry to Harvest Grapes as Hurricane Florence Looms Closer: Grocery stores aren't the only places experiencing a rush before the storm, some wineries across central Virginia are hurrying to harvest grapes. Winemakers say they're harvesting their crop about a week ahead of schedule...

Afternoon Brief, September 11

Smart Branding Key to Future Wine Sales: The wine industry has often been among the slowest to react to economic change. As the United States pulls into a decade of recession and recovery, wine executives are still reluctant to innovate on many fronts...

Afternoon Brief, August 29

 Grape Shortage Exacerbated as Growing Demand Collides with Bad Weather and Pests in the Mid-Atlantic: Kevin Atticks, the longtime executive director of the Maryland Wineries Association, has seen a rapid growth of wineries in his state and others around it the last 10 years. It’s a business model that continues to outpace vineyards, which cover 800 acres across Maryland with another 100 new acres not yet producing...

Afternoon Brief, July 27

Natural Wine Faces Legal Definition A right-wing French politician has filed a motion this month to launch an investigative committee that will seek to legally define the term "natural wine" in France...

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...

Afternoon Brief, June 8

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: High-End Growth Drives Domestic Sparkling Wine As the total domestic sparkling wine category edges closer to the 11-million-case...

Afternoon Brief, March 28

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: Chilean Winemaker Learns Napa Lesson Patricio Celedon may be the only winemaker in the world who went to...

Afternoon Brief, March 27

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: TTB Targets Consignment Wine Sales The United States' three-tier system - which was put in place upon the...

Afternoon Brief, February 15

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: Barefoot Remains Top Brand: Wine Sales Rise 3% Barefoot remains the top-selling table wine brand as sales figures...

Afternoon Brief, January 18

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: Wine’s Most Inspiring People 2018: Growing Grapes, Family, and Community in Sonoma County John and Terri Balletto planted...

Afternoon Brief, October 4

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: Wine Impact Study Designed to Impact Policy The $220 billion economic impact of the U.S. wine industry revealed...