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Redefining the Definition of Balanced Wine

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And eliminating high-alcohol cancel culture —Randy Caparoso Talking about “balanced wine” used to be perfectly acceptable—until about ten years ago, when the term suddenly became politicized....

Willamette Valley Wineries Benefit from Local One-Stop-Shop for Winemaking Products &...

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“Crush2Cellar is the only store where you find all major vendors in one location...plus materials to make wine, like hoses, valves and lab equipment. It’s a candy store for winemakers!”

Afternoon Brief, June 15th

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Man Dies After Crash into Vineyard Near Healdsburg: A man died early Tuesday morning after his vehicle flipped over and slid down a hill east of Healdsburg, landing in a vineyard, the California Highway Patrol said...

Afternoon Brief, June 14th

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Wine Tourism Roars Back in Napa and Sonoma: After more than a year of shutdowns, reopenings, reclosings, fires, smoke and surging e-commerce and Zoom tastings, Napa and Sonoma wineries are seeing visitors come back to taste in person. Thus far, arrivals have exceeded many locals’ most optimistic expectations...

Afternoon Brief, June 11th

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Hot Brands and Instagram Are Fueling Rosé Wine’s Phenomenal Growth Rate in the U.S. Market: With National Rosé Wine Day scheduled for this weekend, it is a useful time to examine the causes of the phenomenal growth in popularity of rosé in America. According to a recent report by bw166, a global market research firm for alcohol beverage, U.S. rosé sales volume increased by an astounding 1433% from 2010 to 2020...

Afternoon Brief, June 10th

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5th Annual Wine & Weed Symposium Opens Registration: After a hiatus in 2020, Wine Industry Network (WIN) is excited to announce that registration is open for the 5th Annual Wine & Weed Symposium, scheduled for August 5th, 2021 from 9 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Sonoma Wine Country in Santa Rosa, CA...

Afternoon Brief, June 9th

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Police Seize Grange in "Sting of the Century": Two full sets of Penfolds Grange valued at $400,000 each have reportedly been seized by Police as part of Operation Ironside which is being billed as the "Sting of the Century"...

Afternoon Brief, June 8th

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Vintage Wine Estates and Bespoke Capital Acquisition Corp. Announce Closing of Business Combination: Vintage Wine Estates, one of the fastest growing U.S. wine producers with an industry leading direct-to-consumer platform, today announced that it has completed its previously announced business combination with Bespoke Capital Acquisition Corp., a publicly-traded special purpose acquisition company...

Afternoon Brief, June 7th

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Texas Wine Grape Growers Sue Bayer-Monsanto Over Dicamba Drift Damage: The suit alleges that some grape growers saw a truly insane 90 percent reduction in their yield owing to dicamba drift....

Afternoon Brief, June 4th

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The American Vineyard Foundation Provides $1.2 Million Annual Funding for Wine and Grape Industry Research in 2021: The American Vineyard Foundation (AVF) is pleased to announce funding for eighteen projects addressing critical viticulture and enology research needs...
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Afternoon Brief, June 3rd

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Napa Tourism Industry Bouncing Back, but Post-COVID Job Growth Slowing: An economy sent reeling by the coronavirus has in many ways bounced back far faster than in past recessions – but a North Bay economist is cautioning Napa city leaders to be mindful of slowing job growth and the pandemic’s outsize blow to employment in the tourist industries that have driven much of the city’s prosperity...

Afternoon Brief, June 1st

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Sonoma Wineries Face Growing Permitting Burdens for Business Operations: The ongoing struggle between wineries and Sonoma County to determine the future of permitting for winery activities and events is coming closer to conclusive guidelines...

Afternoon Brief, May 28th

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Wineries Ponder Staff Vaccinations and Reopening: Vineyard and winery production workers across the country labored through the pandemic, pruning and harvesting grapes, crushing and bottling wine...

Afternoon Brief, May 27th

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Research Underway to Help Napa Valley's Wine Industry Understand Impact of Wildfire Smoke on Wine: The large volume of wildfire smoke-exposed grape and wine samples processed by California’s laboratories in 2020 could help the state’s wine industry better understand and potentially combat the impact of wildfire smoke on wine and wine grapes, experts say...

Afternoon Brief, May 26th

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Going Lo and No: Is This a Sustainable Trend?: Much has been written about the burgeoning trend towards “better for you” beverages in the wine space. It’s definitely a thing. But, is it a sustainable thing?...