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Afternoon Brief, September 21

Maryland Booze Peddlers Cheated NYC Distributor Out of Millions of Dollars in Tax-Dodging Scheme, Lawsuit Alleges: The metropolitan area's largest distributor of wine and spirits has filed a civil racketeering lawsuit alleging two liquor wholesalers in Maryland schemed with an assortment of retailers to smuggle millions of dollars' worth of alcohol to New York City to avoid paying the higher excise tax here...

Afternoon Brief, September 14

Running Winery Associations from the East Coast to the West Coast: Meet Morgen McLaughlin: Running a wine association takes a tireless multi-tasker. The job is a combination of strategy, business development, marketing, finance and politics...

Afternoon Brief, August 11

Premier Cru Staffer Spills Beans About Ponzi Scheme: The disgraced former owner of the bankrupt store is facing 20 years in prison...

Afternoon Brief, July 28

Vineyard Destroyed by Fire, Others Threatened by Smoke: The Soberanes Fire that grew to more than 23,000 acres near Big Sur today already has claimed one vineyard and is threatening the 2016 vintage in parts of Monterey County...

Afternoon Brief June 13

Wine Brand Battles with Its Former Self: It's a cage match between wine heavyweights! In this corner, owned by the world's second-largest wine company, weighing in with tons of ripe fruit, The Prisoner...

Afternoon Brief June 9

E. & J. Gallo Purchases Wine Brand Orin Swift Cellars: Winemaker Dave Phinney has a knack for making delicious, stylish wines with memorable labels and attractive price points but also for understanding wine's business side...

Afternoon Brief, May 16

Jackson Family Wines Buys Sonoma's Copaín: Jackson Family Wines is continuing its recent Pinot Noir buying spree, acquiring the Sonoma winery Copaín, it announced today...

Afternoon Brief, April 11

Vision and Robots Team Up for Wine Production: Robots and robotic-based vision systems are slowly replacing the tedious, time-consuming tasks involved in wine production...

Will Marijuana Be the Next Great Wine Industry Disruptor?

The biggest disruption to the American wine industry was Prohibition, which shut down some eighty percent of existing wineries in the period 1920-33. After the repeal, it took over 60 years for the number of U.S wineries to reach 1920 levels.

Afternoon Brief, December 23

Global Warming Creating New Cool Climate Regions: Climate change is widening the limits of the latitude or altitude at which wine grape growing is economically possible and creating new cool climate regions, says one expert working in the field...

Afternoon Brief, December 14

Resveratrol Could Replace Sulfites in Wine: Researchers in Argentina have come up with a possible alternative to sulfites in red wine and it's something that should please the health conscious - resveratrol...

Afternoon Brief, December 9

FEMA Releases Severe El Nino Disaster Response Plan For California, Arizona, Nevada: The FEMA Region 9 office, in Oakland, CA has established an El Niño task force charged with preparing the regional office and its partners for the impacts of El Niño...

Afternoon Brief, October 21

Napa Wine Prices Likely to Continue Rising: After a smaller harvest and with a strong economy, Napa Cabernet prices should go up over the next year, a leading California wine industry banker predicts...

Afternoon Brief, September 25

Truett-Hurst Reports Sales Increase, but Trouble for New Wine Spritzer Brand: Truett-Hurst Inc. announced Thursday that it is killing off its highly touted wine spritzer brand sold exclusively in Kroger stores because of poor sales, providing another black mark for the Healdsburg vintner in a year that has been plagued by packaging problems...

Afternoon Brief, September 10

How Wine-Educated Is the U.S. Market?: The U.S. is the largest wine market in the world, and according to the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET), professional-level knowledge of wine has also reached an all-time high...
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