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Afternoon Brief, June 14

Calistoga Winery, City Spar Over What Constitutes an 'Event': The Calistoga Planning Commission on Wednesday took up the debate of what does or does not constitute an "event" at a winery. They decided that Brian Arden Winery on Silverado Trail had violated its use permit with its First Friday Socials, which take place once a month from 5 to 7 p.m...

Afternoon Brief, June 11

Sonoma County Wine Industry Leaders Collaborate to Launch Innovative Student Program for Future Wine Industry Employees: Francis Ford Coppola Winery, Virginia Dare Winery, Sonoma County Vintners and Santa Rosa Junior College develop hands-on educational course and opportunity for real-world wine industry experience...

Afternoon Brief, February 27

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) ...

Afternoon Brief, July 25

New Wine Shopper Data Solution Helps Wineries Achieve Distribution Success Label Analytics has a new unique tool for wineries already in the wholesale market, or those just jumping on the bandwagon when it comes to distribution. Many wineries find it difficult to break into the threetier system and gain any traction when a preponderance of the wines on the shelf are owned by large operations...

Afternoon Brief, April 19

California's First 'Wine & Weed Symposium' Arrives in August California has been a powerful force on the global wine scene for decades. Meanwhile, the state's never been a slouch when it comes to high quality cannabis either...

Afternoon Brief, March 2

Winemaker Opens Up About Sexism: Judging by the volume of emails, Wine-Searcher's recent article on sexism in the wine industry definitely struck a chord, especially with a cross-section of female winemakers in Australia...

Afternoon Brief, February 20

How Costco's Wine Guru Picks the 250 Labels That Will Sell $4 Billion a Year in Booze: There are almost 10,000 wineries in the United States alone, and there are 500 Costco warehouse stores in North America, with 49 million members and well over $100 billion a year in sales...

Afternoon Brief, January 20

Sonoma Valley Vintners Alliance Prunes Away from Wine Country Weekend: While it is being billed as an amicable, beneficial parting of the ways, eyebrows raised in the wine industry yesterday when the Sonoma Valley Vintners and Growers Alliance announced at its annual members meeting that the trade organization will no longer co-own and co-operate the wildly successful Wine Country Weekend...

Afternoon Brief, January 19

Big Blends Take Over US Wine Lists: Restaurant wine sales in the United States are down and enormous wineries are starting to dominate wine lists, which could change the way people learn about wine...

Afternoon Brief, December 29

10 Timeless Lessons About Business from the Founders of the Biggest Wine Brand in America: Last month I had the pleasure of interviewing Michael Houlihan and Bonnie Harvey, the founders of the world's most popular wine brand, Barefoot Wine...

Afternoon Brief, September 13

Jackson Family Wines Purchases Alexander Valley’s Field Stone Winery: Best known for its old-vine Petite Sirah, the Field Stone vineyard was first planted in 1894...

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, February 23

Financial Crisis Led to 'Winemaker Freedom": The global financial crisis in 2008 was in some ways positive for winemakers as it gave them a sense of freedom according to Ted Lemon of California's Littorai...

Afternoon Brief, February 22

Peter Mondavi, Napa Valley Wine Pioneer, Dies at 101: Peter Mondavi Sr., a Napa Valley pioneer who steered his family's Charles Krug Winery through more than a half-century of revolutionary change in the American wine industry, died Feb. 20 at his home in St. Helena, on the Charles Krug estate, surrounded by his family...

Afternoon Brief, September 17

Smaller Producers Enjoy Significant Growth in U.S. Alcoholic Beverage Market: A just-released report analyzing the U.S. market for alcoholic beverages shows a notable lack of growth for the top producers, at least for wine and beer, while smaller companies enjoyed a fairly significant uptick in shipments...