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Afternoon Brief, November 26

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The Ups and Downs of the 2019 Global Bulk Wine Market: In anticipation of the World Bulk Wine Exhibition (WBWE) in Amsterdam this coming December 2-3, the California-based global wine and grape broker, Ciatti, released its 2019 harvest and bulk wine report...

Three Perspectives on the Challenges of the North Coast Wine Industry

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Three Perspectives on the Challenges of the North Coast Wine Industry: Dire warnings, cautions, and stories of winegrowers beginning to feel the pinch of a stagnating wine market have emerged through the harvest season.

Afternoon Brief, November 18

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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, October 7

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California Wineries Plan Price Hikes: Young drinkers, cannabis and White Claw were much on the minds of attendees at last week's Wine Industry Financial Symposium in Napa but so were greater profit margins ...

Afternoon Brief, August 13

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Notable Sonoma County Wine Executive's Vineyard Business Firm Accused of Water Quality Violations - Prominent Sonoma County wine executive Hugh Reimers, who last month abruptly left as president of Foley Family Wines, faces allegations that his grape growing company has violated regional, state and federal water quality laws for improperly clearing land near Cloverdale to build a vineyard ...

Afternoon Brief, July 17

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Gallo Deal Uncertainty Delaying Grape Purchases: The sale between two major winemakers is keeping some grapes from being purchased. The $1.7 billion deal in which E&J Gallo Winery would buy 34 wine and spirit labels from Constellation Brands remains in limbo after being announced back in April ...

Afternoon Brief, June 20

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How Nomadic Winemakers Are Fueling Creativity Through Independence: If you ask Oregon winemaker Seth Morgen Long what his plans are for his young eponymous Chardonnay-only label, hell tell you his focus is on understanding the regions vineyards ...

Afternoon Brief, June 17

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Wine Consumption Probably Won't Return to "Normal": We work in the most interesting and wonderful industry on earth. Two things I love about the industry are the infinite palate of interesting souls and the sheer volume of optimists within it ...

Afternoon Brief, May 23

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Jackson Family Wines to Expand to Tasmania - Speaking to Drink Business during a recent trip to California, Pedro Rusk, Jackson Family Wines wine educator, said the company is keen to add a Tasmanian estate to its growing portfolio ...

Afternoon Brief, April 11

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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 ...

2018 California Winegrape Crushed 4,281,684 Tons

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(April 10, 2019, Novato, CA) – Did we say BIG?? It was, but not as big as we thought! The California Department of Food...

Afternoon Brief, April 8

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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 22

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Napa and Sonoma Bottles Rise to the Top of American Wine Lists. Again.: We love to ride a new wave, set a trend, be the vanguard. Headlines scream about the decline of last years fad and the rise of this years hot new thing. Yet if we take a broader perspective and look at something over a longer time, continuity may be more apparent ...

Afternoon Brief, March 13

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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, February 27

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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) ...