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Afternoon Brief, January 3

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2019 U.S. Alcohol Consumption to Increase While Population Growth Stagnates: In an abstract titled, Alcohol Consumption in the United States: Past, Present, and Future Trends published in the Journal of Wine Economics Volume 13, Number 2, James Fogerty and Derby Voon examined ...

Afternoon Brief, December 28

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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, December 21

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Indicators of a Buoyant 2019: Judging by the reports Im hearing, 2018 has been a good one for many. Nowhere is that more evident than in the corporate and company Christmas gifts that are appearing on the desks of many in the trade ...

Afternoon Brief, December 12

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Illinois Distributor's Massive Payout to TTB: As the Washington DC-based Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) ramps up its trade practice-enforcement investigations, more wholesalers are appearing on their radar for foul play and Tied House infractions...

Afternoon Brief, November 29

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Is Copper Safe for Wine? : It's a top tool of organic grapegrowers. But is copper sulfate truly safe for vineyards...

Afternoon Brief, November 21

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Judge Rules for Neighbors in Dispute Over Changes at Beringer in St. Helena: https://napavalleyregister.com/news/local/judge-rules-for-neighbors-in-dispute-over-changes-at-beringer/article_307828b2-5423-5725-9320-048a6edbba5e.html

Afternoon Brief, November 14

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Are Napa Valley Growers Smart to Rely so Heavily on Cabernet Sauvignon? : A panel of grape growing pundits held court last week during the Napa Valley Grapegrowers Rootstock trade show on the wisdom of relying so heavily on Cabernet Sauvignon...

Afternoon Brief, November 7

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Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: John Fetzer Sells Mendocino’s Saracina Vineyards to the Taub Family’s Heritance Vintners The Taub family, owners of Palm...

Afternoon Brief, October 17

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Big Wine Brands' Bizarre Beginnings: Wine is weird. After grapes are plucked from vines, cleaned and crushed (or not), they're ready for fermentation. Eukaryotic microorganisms go in, consume sugar, and burp out carbon dioxide and alcohol...

Afternoon Brief, October 10

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New Master Sommeliers Lose Title After Tasting Exam ‘Compromised’: Detailed information on wines forming part of last months tasting exam was leaked, said the Court of Master Sommeliers Americas division ...

Afternoon Brief: September 26

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Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: Napa's Bremer Case May Have Larger Winery Visitation Implications Napa Countys court case against Bremer Family Winery east...

Afternoon Brief, September 19

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DTC Channel Goes Mainstream: Direct shipping of wine is now mainstream in much of the United States. Last year, volume of direct-shipped wine was up 15.3% to 5.78 million cases, with consumer spending growing 15.5% to $2.69 billion...

Afternoon Brief, September 12

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Beloved California Vintner Ulises Valdez Dies at 49: Ulises Valdez, who emigrated from Mexico to work as a vineyard laborer in Sonoma County, then rose to become one of California's most renowned vineyard managers and founder of his own family winery, died early this morning of a heart attack. He was 49...

Afternoon Brief, September 5

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Great Oregon Wine Company Acquires Willamette Valley’s Duck Pond Cellars - The Great Oregon Wine Company (GOWC) announced today it has acquired iconic Willamette Valley winery Duck Pond Cellars...

Afternoon Brief, August 22

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Napa Wine M&A Market Remains 'Robust' Despite Rising Vineyard, Grape Prices: Vineyard values and grape prices continue to hit new highs in Napa County, but the ongoing thirst for prime wines from the region continues to propel acquisitions of brands and properties that can put the Napa name on the bottle ...