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Afternoon Brief, December 10

Within Five Years Entire Brands Will Be Created Through Pre-Production Personalization: "Within five years you will see entire brands created through pre-production personalization by flavor and shopper profiling at an individual level blends crafted 'instantly' through data on the consumers taste and purchase preferences, and genetic/behavioral/social characteristics, driven by data that may have nothing to do with wine or the production process," says Mike Provance, PhD and CEO of 3×3...

Afternoon Brief, November 11

Sonoma County Studies Take Issue with Wine Industry’s Expansion, Scrutinizing Traffic, Events: Sonoma County wineries should bear the bulk of the responsibility for improving relations with rural neighbors, according to a pair of recently released county studies calling for fewer events, more coordination and a higher standard of review for new or expanding wineries...

Afternoon Brief, October 15

Jackson Family Wines of Santa Rosa Buys Winery in Mendocino County: Jackson Family Wines of Santa Rosa on Monday said it expanded in Mendocino County by acquiring the winery, vineyard and tasting room of Balo Vineyards in the Anderson Valley. Jackson, the ninth-largest wine company in the United States, did not disclose the price that it paid for the winery, which was founded by the Mullins family in 2003...

Afternoon Brief, September 19

Napa Planning Commission Asks for More Time to Study Bremer Winery Compliance: Bremer Family Winery, which has been a focus of thorny county code and permit controversies, ran into a delay as it works to come into compliance. The winery recently settled with Napa County over a lawsuit in which the county alleged a variety of illegalities, which the Bremers contested...

Afternoon Brief, August 14

Consumer Insights Show Cannabis’ Impact on Wine While the 3rd Annual Wine & Weed Symposium offered ideas to both camps on how to work together, utilizing marketing strategies, and integrating more women into the ranks, the critical piece of information that many in the audience were waiting for was presented during Jessica Lukas session, The Cannabis Impact on Wine ...

Afternoon Brief, July 25

Foley Family Wines of Santa Rosa President Hugh Reimers Abruptly Leaves Company: Hugh Reimers, a hard-charging Australian wine executive, abruptly left his position this week as president of Foley Family Wines of Santa Rosa less than two years after being hired to bolster the company's position in the marketplace...

Afternoon Brief, May 28

Purple Wine + Spirits Seeks Sizable Change to West Sonoma County Winery: At a time when a number of North Coast vintners have been trying to get permission to expand how much wine they can produce, Purple Wine + Spirits wants to dramatically reduce the number of bottles and trucks that roll out of its large west Sonoma County winery...

Afternoon Brief, May 23

Jackson Family Wines to Expand to Tasmania - Speaking to Drink Business during a recent trip to California, Pedro Rusk, Jackson Family Wines wine educator, said the company is keen to add a Tasmanian estate to its growing portfolio ...

Afternoon Brief January 31

Wine and Sex Off the Millennial Menu The State of the Industry presentation Wednesday at the annual Unified Wine & Grape Symposium in Sacramento wasn't quite as gloomy as Silicon Valley Bank's dark take on the future two weeks earlier. Instead of "duck and cover", it was more motivational, as grapegrowers were encouraged to strap their boots on and fight for their future...

Afternoon Brief, January 16

Millennials Still Missing as Fine-Wine Core Consumers, Says Silicon Valley Bank Report: Sales growth for U.S. wine is expected to remain in positive territory this year - better, for premium producers - but the industry needs to revamp its appeal to the next generations of core consumers else lose share of wallet to competing beverages and imported wines, according to a closely watched industry report released Wednesday evening...

Afternoon Brief, January 11

Napa County Hits The Prisoner Winery with Code Violation Notice: Napa County has told the new The Prisoner winery to stop selling art, stop selling jellies and jams and stop offering food services that the county says are comparable to those found at a restaurant or café...

Afternoon Brief, December 26

Beer, Spirits, & Wine - Packaged Imports Grow +8.3% by Value Over Last Twelve Months Through October 2018, Packaged Exports Decline -10.3%: Total beverage alcohol imports (including bulk and packaged) grew +7.7% by value over the last twelve months and grew +5.6% by value over the last three months...

Afternoon Brief, December 20

Trade-Enforcement Agencies Are Ramping Up Their Wine-Sales Investigations: Wholesalers and retailers of wine and spirits had better be aware of the new retail norms. The Washington D.C.-based Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) has been ramping up its investigations into legal infractions that break the Tied House Rules ...

Afternoon Brief, December 14

The Great Haut-Brion Price Hack: It's no surprise that the most expensive wine traded on the Liv-Ex fine wine exchange in 2018 was one that dragged the superlatives from the critics. Such wines are obviously rare and expensive, especially when they come from Bordeaux, but we've found a little hack that could see you getting similar quality for a much-reduced price...

Afternoon Brief, December 11

Holiday Horror Stories from the Land of Retail: When trouble strikes in retail, it's often during the holidays. The two-week period around Christmas and New Year's Eve is the biggest time of year for wine sales in the U.S...