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Afternoon Brief, June 14th

The Changing Tide of Napa Grapes: Riesling and Cabernet Franc garner highest prices in Napa. What does that mean? Napa’s old guard—Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay—still rule. But for how long?...

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...

Afternoon Brief, May 14th

Storied Washington Producer Betz Family Winery Acquired by Ackley Brands: Ackley Brands, a family-owned beverage company in Seattle with a portfolio of iconic brands across the Pacific Northwest, proudly announces its milestone acquisition of Betz Family Winery...
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Afternoon Brief, April 16th

Eleanor Coppola, Filmmaker Who Helped Rebuild Inglenook Winery's Legacy, Dies at 87: The artist, documentarian, author and vintner left her mark on Hollywood and Napa Valley...
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Afternoon Brief, April 10th

Scientists Launch Wine Bottle Washing Project in Finger Lakes, New York: Glass scientists in New York State are studying ways to wash and reuse wine bottles in order to mitigate rising costs for Finger Lakes producers...
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Afternoon Brief, March 19th

Should SVB Continue to Produce the Annual DtC Report?: Silicon Valley Bank goes to great lengths and costs to provide this report to the industry gratis. Still, it's a partnership with you: Without survey responses, they can't produce this industry resource...
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Afternoon Brief, March 12th

Illicit Alcohol Worth Millions Found in South Africa Warehouse: The discovery of millions of rand in wine has been found in a warehouse in South Africa by law enforcement...
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Afternoon Brief, February 13th

January Deep Freeze Causes Near-Total Loss in Okanagan Vineyards: The Okanagan’s grape crop has been decimated by a mid-January freeze with losses expected to approach 100 percent this year...
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Afternoon Brief, February 12th

Napa Finds Itself in Court: Napa authorities – and several of the region's wineries – have been ordered to attend court, but no one is quite sure why...

2023 California Winegrape Crushed 3,668,294 Tons 

(February 9, 2024, Novato, CA) – The California Department of Food & Agriculture’s Preliminary Grape Crush Report for 2023 was released today. The crush...
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Afternoon Brief, January 19th

Ryan Klobas, Chief of Napa County Farm Bureau, Dies: Peter Nissen, president of the Farm Bureau’s board, said the bureau is “shocked and saddened” to learn of Klobas’ death...
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Afternoon Brief, January 10th

Association Touts Wine’s Many Assets as It Counters Anti-Consumption Push: It is a little more than a year since the World Health Organization (WHO) released a report that sent shivers through the tasting rooms of alcoholic beverage producers internationally...
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Afternoon Brief, December 18th

British Man Accused of Swindling Nearly $100 Million in Wine Fraud Case Pleads Not Guilty : A British man accused of allegedly defrauding investors of nearly $100 million through a Ponzi-like scheme involving nonexistent luxury wines pleaded not guilty in a U.S. court on Saturday...
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Afternoon Brief, December 12th

DRINKS Partners with Sovos to Offer a  Full-Service Solution for Wineries and Alcohol Retailers on Shopify: New partnership streamlines e-commerce alcohol sales, tax compliance and reporting by integrating the best-in-class solutions for alcohol merchants...

Wine Industry in Transition: Adapting to Economic Shifts and Compliance Pressures

Wineries face rising pressures on wages, a buyer’s market for grapes and the looming cost of wastewater compliance  By Laurie Wachter   A strong finish to a...