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Afternoon Brief, October 9

Sonoma County Wineries Continue the Grape Harvest Using Backup Power: Regional wineries have ramped up emergency plans for PG&E's scheduled power outage Wednesday by securing generators and electricians so they will be able to continue with the annual grape harvest that still has about a month remaining ...

Afternoon Brief, August 28

Wine Targeted by Instagram Money Grab: In recent weeks, social media companies, brands, influencers and even legislators have been feverishly debating what changes are being openly made, secretly made and should possibly be made in the future on the platforms we all love to hate and hate to love. There are, of course, billions of dollars at stake for everyone involved...

Afternoon Brief, April 5

How Jackson Family Wines’ Top Brass in Oregon Is Shaping the Willamette Valley’s Future: With Eugenia Keegan at the helm in Oregon, JFW is guiding the valley's evolution into an elite, luxury region. In return, the valley is doing the same for JFW...

Afternoon Brief, April 3

E. & J. Gallo Winery Announces Deal with Constellation Brands: E. & J. Gallo Winery (Gallo) announced today that it has entered into an agreement with Constellation Brands, Inc. to purchase more than 30 wine and spirits brands, along with six winemaking facilities located in California, Washington, and New York...

Afternoon Brief, March 21

Constellation’s Mondavi Improperly Obtained, Deceptively Use Famed “To Kalon” Designation: Perhaps the most prized vineyard designation in American winemaking is Napa Valleys To Kalon (Greek for the highest beauty), created by pioneering winemaker H.W. Crabb in the late 19th century ...

Afternoon Brief, January 4

Constellation’s $3 Billion Wine Sale: What’s on the Block: Last fall, multiple reports surfaced that Constellation Brands is exploring a selloff of several wine labels among them Clos du Bois, Cooks, Arbor Mist, and Mark West as it looks to continue premiumizing its portfolio in line with market trends ...

Afternoon Brief, December 28

Highs and Lows for Wineries: The South Okanagan wine industry had a tough time with smoke and the threat of fires this summer, but still managed to have a successful year with new events and wineries joining the scene...

Afternoon Brief, October 25

Constellation Dumps Cheap Wine for Weed: Cannabis is hot, believes the third-largest wine company in the US. Mexican beer is hot. Cheap wine, though? That's old business, best dumped on somebody else ...

Afternoon Brief, October 24

Master Somm Raises More Cheat Questions: It has been more than a month since the incident that caused 23 Master Sommelier (MS) candidates who had previously been reportedly to have passed the exam to have their titles taken away...

Afternoon Brief, October 23

Constellation Brands Rumored to Be Selling Off U.S. Wine Brands: As reported by Reuters, "four people familiar with the matter" revealed that the drinks company was considering selling off U.S. wine brands including Clos du Bois, Mark West, Arbor Mist and Cooks...

Afternoon Brief, October 18

Constellation Brands Names Bill Newlands Next CEO: Constellation Brands, Inc., a leading beverage alcohol company, today announced Bill Newlands will assume the role of president and chief executive officer (CEO), succeeding current CEO Rob Sands, on March 1, 2019...

Afternoon Brief, October 5

Is it Taint, or Revenge? : Last month, the Oregon Winegrowers Association complained about a deceptive new wine label by California wine producer Joe Wagner, the creator of Meiomi Pinot Noir...

Afternoon Brief, January 10

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: Wine’s Most Inspiring People 2018: Defender of the Consumer Palate and Your Right to Choose Tim Hanni, one...

Afternoon Brief, December 20

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: Congress Passes First Wine Excise Tax Reduction in 80 Years Wine Institute applauds today's Congressional action to enact...

Afternoon Brief, December 15

Winery Social Media Software VinTank Returns Under Avero Ownership: Five months since the shuttering of a Napa Valley-based VinTank software service that helped pioneer winery social media management, it's back under new ownership, a New York-based company that helps thousands of restaurants nationwide manage operations...