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Afternoon Brief, April 23

Gallo’s Acquisition Strategy Is Gift That Keeps on Giving for Premium Wine: The premium branded wine market can do with all the help it can get which is what makes E&J Gallos acquisition strategy potentially so important, not just for itself, but for the overall wine industry ...

Afternoon Brief, April 22

Dave Phinney and Co. Are on a Spirited Mission to Transform Mare Island: Talk with many Napa Valley winemakers and theyll tell you that Dave Phinney has the Midas touch when it comes to making wildly popular, edgy wines ...

Afternoon Brief, April 15

The Best AVA Not on the Label: If you want some great Syrah, I'm going to tell you about a place that grows it. The wines are fascinating - complex and not fruit-driven - and a true product of their unique terroir. But the region might break the American Viticultural Area system...

Afternoon Brief, April 11

Fungicides Used in Viticulture Linked to New Disease - A deadly and potentially incurable disease that strikes at people with weakened immune systems has quietly emerged. The culprit is a fungus called Candida auris (C. auris), which has been added to the Center for Disease Control and Preventions list of ...

Afternoon Brief, April 8

Is Gallo Saving the Wine Industry? - Last week, E. & J. Gallo and Constellation Brands closed the deal for Gallo to purchase 30 of Constellations lower-end wine brands for $1.7 Billion ...

Afternoon Brief, March 26

New Collective Brings Applied Research, Collaboration to Winemaking Community: Winemakers have been long been among the original experimenters; that is, those willing to employ trial and error methodologies and information gleaned from other colleagues to continually improve their vintages ...

Afternoon Brief, March 20

How the Flooding Affected Sonoma’s 2019 Vintage: Northern California wineries and vineyards continue to clean up and dry out from the unusually heavy rainfall that hit in late February and caused some of the areas' worst floods in 20 years...

Afternoon Brief, March 14

It’s Snowing in California Vineyards, and Winemakers Are Loving it - Whether or not you're a skier or snowboarder, you know the adage. If it's raining in San Francisco, it must be snowing in Tahoe ...

Afternoon Brief, March 13

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Named Best Wine in the World as Vivino Announces 2019 Wine Style Award Winners: Vivino, the worlds largest online wine marketplace and most downloaded wine app, today announced Vivinos 2019 Wine Style Award winners ...

Afternoon Brief, March 8

How Producers Dial in the Right Shade of Pink for Rosé: Midway between red and white wines, rosé is a style that requires precision-getting the balance right, in terms of color, aromatics, texture, and freshness. An appealing rosé needs aromatics, but to please a broad range of consumers it also needs to stay on the bright and refreshing side of things...

Afternoon Brief, March 4

Napa Valley Vintner John R. Shafer Dies at Age 94: The Shafer family is deeply saddened to announce the death of their father, longtime vintner, philanthropist and winery founder, John Shafer on March 2, 2019...

Afternoon Brief, February 27

Costco Beat Amazon on Internet Booze Sales: The American Consumer Satisfaction Index (ACSI), which benchmarks customer satisfaction across multiple categories across the US economy, found the membership-based warehouse beat the online giant by one mark in its first entry in the list, clocking up 83 points, ahead of Amazons 82 (out of 100) ...

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 14

Treasury Wine Sees Revenue Jump 13% in First Half: Treasury Wine Estates (TWE) has revealed a strong set of numbers for its fiscal first half ended in December. Overall, the company posted a 13% revenue rise at constant currency to A$1.5 billion ($1.1b), while EBITS leapt 18% to A$338 million ($240m) ...

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...