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Afternoon Brief, December 2

Taking the Direct Route to Wine: Direct to Consumer (DtC) sales are rapidly growing in the US as more states relax their rules, benefiting both producer and consumer alike. However, treasury departments nationwide also stand to benefit from the host of taxes, fees, licenses and permits that individual states can impose ...

Afternoon Brief, November 21

Three Perspectives on the Challenges of the North Coast Wine Industry: Dire warnings, cautions, and stories winegrowers beginning to feel the pinch of a stagnating wine market have emerged through the harvest season. It's clear, growers and winemakers may have to make hard adjustments for the 2020 market conditions ...

Afternoon Brief, November 18

Wine Moguls Destroy Land and Pay Small Fines as Cost of Business, Say Activists: After California wine industry mogul Hugh Reimers illegally destroyed at least 140 acres of forest, meadow and stream in part to make way for new vineyards sometime last winter, according to a report from state investigators, state officials ordered the former executive of Jackson Family Wines to repair and mitigate the damage where possible ...

Afternoon Brief, November 11

Sonoma County Studies Take Issue with Wine Industry’s Expansion, Scrutinizing Traffic, Events: Sonoma County wineries should bear the bulk of the responsibility for improving relations with rural neighbors, according to a pair of recently released county studies calling for fewer events, more coordination and a higher standard of review for new or expanding wineries...

Afternoon Brief, November 6

Wineries Back to Business After Kincade Fire and Encouraging Visitors to #GatherInSonoma and #SipSonoma - Sonoma County wine country has been hit twice by massive fires in the space of three years. The first, on October 8, 2017, was an unexpected frenzy that caused unfathomable damage, took thousands of structures and many lives, displaced countless families, and uprooted the wine business in both Napa and Sonoma counties ...

Afternoon Brief, November 1

U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein Says Senate Approves New Funding, Resources for Combating California Wildfires: Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) on Thursday released the following statement after helping securing additional wildfire funding and resources in the package of funding bills passed by the Senate...

Afternoon Brief, October 29th

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: Firefighters Battle Sonoma Blaze While Wineries Wonder and Worry According to state agency Cal Fire, the Kincade fire...

Afternoon Brief, October 11

PG&E CEO Apologizes After Employees Went Wine Tasting Just Before California Blackouts: 'Insensitive, Inappropriate, Tone Deaf': The CEO of PG&E has apologized after it was revealed several of its employees mingled with some of its top customers at a wine tasting event paid for by the company while hundreds of thousands of people in California were facing an unprecedented power outage ...

Afternoon Brief: October 8

Personalized Information Makes the Wine Marketing Focus Group a Thing of the Past - An age-old marketing need is to identify a consumer base, its preferences, and the strength of a products message and presentation. In the past, the focus group was a most widely used method, which may or may not have been near perfect, but it sufficed ...

Afternoon Brief, October 3

Jackson Family Wines CEO: No Big Buyout Planned to Counter Gallo-Constellation Deal: The chief executive of Jackson Family Wines of Santa Rosa said Wednesday the premium wine company doesn't plan to make a big acquisition in response to one of the biggest wine deals in U.S. history, E. & J. Gallo Winery's $1.7 billion proposed purchase of more than 30 low-price wine and spirits brands from Constellation Brands Inc...

Afternoon Brief, October 2

Four Ways to Make a Winery More Profitable: The balance of power has changed in Australian wine, according to a speaker at the recent Wine Industry IMPACT Conference. Australian producers now have an unprecedented opportunity to "claw margin back" and take control of their own financial future...

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 24

For California Wineries During Harvest, PG&E Power Outages Could Be Disastrous - Jon Phillips, a Santa Rosa winemaker, walked into his local hardware store in search of a generator only to learn another customer had walked out with the last one ...

Afternoon Brief, August 27

Wineries Share Their Point-of-Sale System Priorities and Experiences - Point-of-Sale systems in wineries seem to be a love-hate relationship many times the hate overcoming the love as the frustrations of adapting to changing and challenging environments puts a strain on winery personnel and the electronic retail and data system that supports their efforts ...

Afternoon Brief, August 26

Wine Drinkers Face an Uncertain and Precarious Future: American wine drinkers find themselves in what could legitimately be called the Golden Age of Wine. The unprecedented selection and diversity of wines available continue to increase ...