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Afternoon Brief, January 14

Oversupply of Premium Wine, Slower Sales Growth to Spur Discount Brands, Says Silicon Valley Bank Forecast: It used to be enough for U.S. wineries to make great wine and find ways to get it into the hands of consumers, but vintners large and small now are going to have to bring their marketing and efficiency A-game to survive the erosion of sales growth from oversupply and increasing competition from other drinks and teetotaling, according to a newly released report closely watched by the industry...

Afternoon Brief, January 10

Could Climate Change Mean an End to Cabernet in Napa Valley? This Winemaker Thinks So: Cab is king in Napa Valley. But as secure as its reign may seem, some think we shouldn't take it for granted...

Afternoon Brief, January 9

Wine’s Most Inspiring People 2020: Leading with the Future in Mind: As a third-generation descendant of an iconic Napa Valley wine family and the owner of the oldest winery in Napa Valley, Peter Mondavi, Jr. understands the difficulty of keeping a family-owned winery in family hands...

Afternoon Brief, December 27

Trump’s 100% Tariffs on French Wines Could Cost American Jobs: The Champagne that millions of Americans will drink to toast in the New Year could become more costly if U.S. President Donald Trump imposes a 100% tariff on French -- and other European -- goods such as wine, cheese, cosmetics, and the famous bubbly by the middle of next month. The tariff could also lead to job cuts in the U.S. ...

Afternoon Brief, December 13

The Financial Penalty Wineries Now Pay for Climate Change: There is a hidden cost of climate change to wine producers and the Australian wine industry had a small taste of it in the lead up to Christmas, from rising insurance premiums to cancelled winery tours...

Afternoon Brief, December 12

Gallo-Constellation Planned Wine, Spirits Deal Now $1.1B After Trimming Brands: E. & J. Gallo Winery and Constellation Brands Inc., two of the largest wine producers in the world, on Thursday said they are trimming their $1.7 billion deal for lower-priced Constellation wines announced earlier this year, after regulator concerns about the transaction...

Afternoon Brief, November 20

The Vineyard House Asks Court for an Injunction to Prevent Constellation Brands from Misleading Consumers with To Kalon Labeled Wines: The Vineyard House, LLC (TVH) filed a motion for a preliminary injunction seeking to enjoin Constellation Brands U.S. Operations, Inc. from selling wines labeled under the brand name To Kalon Vineyard Company, alleging that Constellation was misleading consumers ...

The Vineyard House Asks Court for an Injunction to Prevent Constellation...

YESTERDAY, The Vineyard House, LLC (TVH) filed a motion for a preliminary injunction seeking to enjoin Constellation Brands U.S. Operations, Inc. from selling wines...

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 7

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, October 4

Eyeing a Possible Recession, California Wineries Cut Back on Production — and Farmers Suffer: Paul Johnson farms 450 acres of wine grapes in Monterey County for his family's Johnson Vineyard Co. Normally, a range of local wineries, under multiyear contracts, buy his Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes. But after last year's harvest, Johnson began to worry when no winery clients renewed their contracts...

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, 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 6

Why Winemakers Should Be Fighting Against Herbicide Drift: A grape grower whose vineyards have been damaged speaks out on why it's a threat to the industry...

Afternoon Brief, August 16

The End of Cabernet in Napa Valley?: Cabernet Sauvignon grapes make Americas favorite wine, and they are the lifeblood of Napa Valley, our country’s most famous wine region. Cabernet accounts for 65 percent of the grapevines grown in Napa, where last year the crop reached a record $1 billion in gross value ...