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Afternoon Brief, December 8th

Additional Layoffs at Ste. Michelle Indicate On-Going Struggles: On December 6th, Ste. Michelle Wine Estates (SMWE), the largest winery in the Pacific Northwest, announced a substantial layoff. The layoffs impacted approximately 7% of the company’s staff...

Afternoon Brief, November 17th

First Winery to Commit to 300 Gram Bottle: Today a small winery in Zillah Washington was the first winery in the USA to commit to the new 300 gram bottle from Verallia...

Afternoon Brief, June 22nd

How to Make an Ally of Cognitive Dissonance in Recessionary Times: Consumers around the world can easily find reasons not to be cheerful at the moment. The news is packed with doom-laden items – ongoing war in Ukraine, climate change, accelerating cost of living and inflation, among other things...

Direct to Consumer Wine Symposium, January 18-19, 2023 

Napa, CA, June 22, 2022 – Presented by and a fundraiser for Free the Grapes!, the popular Direct to Consumer Wine Symposium returns for...

Afternoon Brief, December 23rd

Wine and RTD Wine Cocktail Purchases Expected to be Higher for 2021 Holiday Season: The last two months of the year are traditionally a season of increased sales for wine and total alcohol in general, as consumers rush to purchase holiday beverages...

Afternoon Brief, December 17th

France Loses One in Six Wine Estates Over a Decade: Every day, three French grape growers or winemakers decides to give up working as an independent enterprise. What are the implications for the industry?...

Afternoon Brief, November 19th

Washington’s Protectionist Wine Shipping Laws Put Damper on Holiday Gift Giving: Washingtonians during the upcoming holiday season will once again have to forgo giving wine as a gift to their family and friends in the Evergreen State due to archaic and protectionist laws that ban the shipment of most wines into the state...

DTC Wine Symposium 2020: Sponsors to Debut, Feature New Products, Services

Napa, CA, January 15, 2020 – The trade show at the 2020 Direct to Consumer Wine Symposium will feature an array of new products...

Afternoon Brief, February 6

Mary Ann Graf, Who Paved the Way for California Women Winemakers, Dies at 76: Mary Ann Graf, widely considered the first woman winemaker in California after Prohibition, died after a nearly three year battle with pancreatic cancer on Jan. 30. A representative of Graf's friends and family confirmed the news...

Afternoon Brief, January 25

Direct Sales Alters US Wine Market: In 2018, wineries shipped more than 6 million cases of wine, a nine percent increase over the previous year, according to Larry Cormier's presentation at the annual Direct to Consumer Wine Symposium held in Concord, California. Cormier is the general manager of the Colorado-based ShipCompliant/Sovos company, which gathers this data for presentation to the wine community each year...

Afternoon Brief, January 18

Amid Shift in Wine Consumer Demand, California Wine Country Cautioned to Prepare for Ample Grape Supply: The North Coast wine business on Thursday received another wake-up call about gathering storm clouds that could dampen consumer demand for premium wines and the grapes from which they're made ...

SOLD OUT: Direct to Consumer Wine Symposium 2019 Closes Registration

Napa, CA, January 11, 2019 – The Steering Committee of the 2019 Direct to Consumer Wine Symposium is pleased to announce this year’s summit...

2019 DTC Wine Symposium Sponsors to Preview New Products & Services

Napa, CA, January 9, 2019 – The trade show at the 2019 Direct to Consumer Wine Symposium will feature an array of new products...

2019 DTC Wine Symposium Announces Workshop Sessions: Content to Focus on...

Topics Include Wine Club Retention, Small Winery Strategies, and More Napa, CA, November 8, 2018 – The Steering Committee for the 12th annual Direct to...

Afternoon Brief: September 24

Sonoma County Wine Auction, Presented by Visa Signature, Breaks Records and Raises Over $5.7 Million at Annual Charitable Fundraising Event: The Sonoma County Vintners Foundation and George F. Hamel, Jr., 2018 Sonoma County Wine Auction Honorary Chair, are excited to announce over $5.7 million was raised at the 2018 Sonoma County Wine Auction, presented by Visa Signature®, breaking records...
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