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Afternoon Brief, September 25

Winemakers Face Up to Smoke Taint Reality: West Coast wineries are having to make hard decisions about how to deal with the tumultuous 2020 vintage...

Afternoon Brief, September 24

California Regulators Identify Violations After Rodney Strong Wine Spill, but No Fine Yet: One of the largest wine spills in Sonoma County history this year violated federal and state clean water laws, according to California officials, who are still deciding whether an accident at a Healdsburg winery that emptied a 100,000-gallon tank and polluted the Russian River with red wine will result in any fines...

Making First Impressions with Secondary Packaging

Presentation packaging has many forms and their structure is as important as their design...

Afternoon Brief, September 23

Crisis in Wine Country: 2020 is shaping up to be the worst year for American wineries since Prohibition...

Afternoon Brief, September 22

'Wet Ashtray' Wine Grapes Left to Birds as Fires Choke West Coast Vineyards: Heavy ground smoke clouded Hanson Vineyards in Oregon’s picturesque Willamette Valley for more than a week following a Labor Day windstorm that kicked up wildfires across the western United States...

Total Wine Sales Grew 19.7% in off Premise Channel Over the...

All trends for the first section below are for Nielsen off premise channels for the week ending 9/12/20 compared to the same week in...

Afternoon Brief, September 21

Wine Industry Affected by Wildfires Seeks Extension of Disaster Payment Program: With growers and winemakers facing unprecedented losses from the devastating West Coast wildfires, leaders of 10 wine industry groups are seeking help from Congress to obtain immediate disaster relief...

Afternoon Brief, September 18

Fires Leave 2020 Vintage in the Balance: Fire and pestilence mark it as the vintage from hell; will any wine be made this year?...

Afternoon Brief, September 17

Sonoma County Winery Faces Record $172,000 Fine for Alleged Vineyard Work Violations: A Geyserville winery and its billionaire owner face a record fine from Sonoma County agriculture officials who contend the Alexander Valley company destroyed nearly an acre of land this summer through hillside grading and conducted other unpermitted work...

Afternoon Brief, September 16

California Farmworkers Say They Didn’t Get Masks During Wildfires: Availability of N95 masks for farmworkers looked as hazy as the orange sky in California this week...

Afternoon Brief, September 15

Almeda Fire Destroys Southern Oregon Winery: A massive column of smoke over Ashland grabbed Brian Denner’s attention as he stood in front of his winery in Talent, Oregon. Four hours later, Simple Machine Winery and a decade of Denner’s hard work were reduced to a crumpled pile of corrugated metal and embers...

East Coast Wineries Crafting a Niche in the Vermouth Market

While the advent of craft, low volume contemporary Left Coast vermouth production dates to Andrew Quady's 1998 launch of VYA, its Right Coast rise by wineries originates in 2013 from New York's Channing Daughters initiating its VerVino line with several others south to Virginia, west to Wisconsin, and north to Vermont joining since....

Afternoon Brief, September 14

Winemakers Still Fighting the Clone Wars: It's a topic that divides winemakers, but few consumers ever think about – clonal selection...

Leading Distribution Company Primed to Assist Winemakers with Equipment and Analyses...

Let’s face it; with fires raging in California, hurricane winds threatening the Atlantic seacoast and a worldwide pandemic shaking up operations everywhere, the 2020...

Afternoon Brief, September 11

The Lawrence Family and CEO Carlton McCoy Jr. Announce the Acquisition of Napa Valley's Burgess Cellars: The Lawrence Family, owners of Napa Valley's iconic Heitz Cellar and CEO and Master Sommelier Carlton McCoy, Jr. have acquired celebrated producer Burgess Cellars on Howell Mountain...