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Afternoon Brief, November 15

Smokey Summers a Winner for Wine Critics: California's ongoing worst wildfires ever will not affect the 2018 vintage, which is now in tanks and barrels. In fact, California's wines are better off than its people, as the inside of a stainless-steel tank might be the only place in the Golden State where you could breathe easily right now...

Afternoon Brief, September 19

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, 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, October 7

Jackson Family Wines Partners with Breakthru Beverage Canada: Jackson Family Wines is establishing a new sales partnership with Breakthru Beverage Canada, transitioning part of its sales operation to the company...

Afternoon Brief, October 5

Napa Vineyard Worker Killed After Being Crushed by Forklift: A Napa vineyard worker was killed Monday afternoon after he was ejected from the forklift he was driving and the machine fell on top of him, according to the Napa County Sheriff's Office...

Afternoon Brief, September 14

Running Winery Associations from the East Coast to the West Coast: Meet Morgen McLaughlin: Running a wine association takes a tireless multi-tasker. The job is a combination of strategy, business development, marketing, finance and politics...

Afternoon Brief, July 8

Paul Hobbs Solidifies Position in the Sonoma Coast Acquiring Goldrock Ridge Vineyard: Winemaker Paul Hobbs has acquired the 42 acre Goldrock Ridge Vineyard, located in the northwest corner of the "true" Sonoma Coast appellation, near the town of Annapolis, CA, thus successfully concluding a quest that began over 3 years ago...

Afternoon Brief, July 6

El Niño or La Niña: California Unprepared for Both: With El Niño we were told California's drought would be washed away. That didn't happen...

Afternoon Brief, April 1

Two Buck Chuck Is Being Discontinued, and You Can Blame That Fake Huffpo Viral Story: Things haven't always gone well for Charles Shaw, the man behind the bargain booze known as Two Buck Chuck ...

Afternoon Brief, March 30

Unimpressive El Niño Leaves California in Water Limbo: The rain storms and blizzards that were supposed to come with El Niño were conspicuously non-biblical in California this winter, leaving the state in an ecological limbo that has regulators thinking about easing water-use restrictions in some places but not in others...

Afternoon Brief, March 4

El Niño’s Long-Awaited Grand Performance Is on Its Way to California
: After a crushingly dry February, it looks as if early to mid-March is likely to bring California some of the serious moisture it needs from the 2015-16 El Niño event, and perhaps some unwanted flooding and mudslides...

Afternoon Brief, February 29

El Niño Heads Back to California This Week After Hiatus: El Niño storms could blanket central and northern California this week following a mostly February dry spell, according to meteorologist Terry Snow of the Weather Advisory Service...

FEMA: More than 50,500 Californians Protect Homes, Properties from Increased El...

During historic 1998 El Niño season that created $550 million in damages, it was not until February that California experienced flooding damage that warranted...

Afternoon Brief, January 25

Direct Wine Shipments to Consumers Grow 4X Faster than Wine Retail Market in 2015: In the United States, 43 out of the 50 states allow direct shipment of wine to consumers, and these consumers continue to embrace this wine-by-mail option...

Afternoon Brief, January 18

Enhanced El Niño Storm Track Has Finally Emerged; Active Pattern Likely Throughout California Next 2-3 Months: Over the past two weeks, a series of strong and moist storm systems have brought wet and occasionally hazardous weather conditions to different parts of the state...