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Afternoon Brief, January 27th

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Experts Say Robust Ecommerce Programs Are Key to Wine Industry Survival in Foreseeable Future: While fourth quarter numbers are still being crunched and the gains and losses of 2020 have yet to be fully tabulated, one thing is crystal clear: online sales of wine and other alcoholic beverages made a huge difference in a year wreaked by the havoc of Covid and a wildly unpredictable economy...

Afternoon Brief, January 26th

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As California Returns to Reopening, Some in Wine Country Wonder if It’s Too Soon In Pandemic: Gov. Gavin Newsom’s announcement Monday that he’s ended the regional stay-at-home order and returned the majority of the state, including the six North Bay counties, back to the purple tier is welcome news to affected businesses. But business leaders are concerned the shutdowns aren’t over...

Afternoon Brief, January 25th

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Wine Shipments to Consumers Soar to Record $3.7 Billion in 2020: Despite a nationwide pandemic that closed tasting rooms and restricted in-person sales for much of the past year, U.S. wineries shipped more than $3.7 billion worth of wine directly to consumers in 2020, according to the latest Direct-to-Consumer (DtC) Wine Shipping Report from Sovos ShipCompliant and Wines Vines Analytics...

Winemaking and Cellar Practices Streamlined Through Groundbreaking Software-as-a-Service Technology

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Intuitive. Scalable. Accurate. Flexible. Innovative. These are just a handful of adjectives from extremely happy wine industry clients that now use vintrace, a cloud-based winery...

Afternoon Brief, January 22nd

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The 2020 Wildfires Could Cost California’s Wine Industry $3.7 Billion — but It Doesn’t Have to Be That Way: An early estimate of what last year’s disasters may have cost, in this week’s Drinking with Esther newsletter...

Afternoon Brief, January 21st

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North Coast Wine Business Will Feel Effect of the Pandemic for Some Time, Expert Says: While the second half of this year is expected to much better for the North Coast wine business as restaurants and tasting rooms reopen with greater vaccine distribution, the coronavirus pandemic is going to have longer-term impacts on the industry than economic and natural disasters in the past three decades, a key industry analyst said this week...

Afternoon Brief, January 20th

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Coalition of Bay Area Restaurants and Wineries Files Lawsuit Against Governor Newsom for Harmful "Arbitrary and Irrational" Outdoor Dining Ban: The Wine Country Coalition for Safe Reopening (the "Coalition") announced today its filing of a lawsuit against Governor Gavin Newsom and California State Public Health Officer Tomás J. Aragón alleging that the state's ban on outdoor dining and wine tasting is arbitrary, irrational, and unfair...

Afternoon Brief, January 19th

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Predicting Higher Demand for Wine in 2021: At the end of Prohibition in the U.S. the consumption of wine as measured, slowly grew until war was declared in 1941 and rationing took over everyday lives...

Afternoon Brief, January 18th

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How the Alcohol Industry Landscape Changed: From channel shifts to changing regulations, this is how 2020 changed the alcohol landscape — and how those effects will persist into 2021...

Afternoon Brief, January 15th

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After Disastrous 2020, Sonoma County Grape Growers Face a Hopeful, Uncertain Harvest: After a disastrous 2020, Sonoma County grape growers should find a stronger appetite for their crops this year, though there’s still uncertainty, a top wine industry analyst said Thursday...

Afternoon Brief, January 14th

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Sonoma County Winegrowers to Launch U.S. Wine Industry’s First Innovation Accelerator: Due to the ongoing pandemic, Sonoma County winegrowers gathered around their laptops and computer screens to review the organization’s efforts last year and learn about the future direction from the Sonoma County Winegrowers’ president, Karissa Kruse, as the 30st annual Dollars and $ense Seminar and Trade Show went virtual for the first time Thursday morning...

Afternoon Brief, January 13th

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Silicon Valley Bank Predicts the Wine Industry Will See a Spike in Demand When Consumers Celebrate Postponed Life Events in 2021: Silicon Valley Bank (SVB), the bank of the world’s most innovative companies and their investors, today released its 2021 State of the Wine Industry Report...

Afternoon Brief, January 12th

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Constellation Brands Completes Series of Transactions to Premiumize Portfolio with Sale of Paul Masson Grande Amber Brandy to Sazerac: Constellation Brands, Inc. (NYSE: STZ and STZ.B), a leading beverage alcohol company, announced today that it has closed its sale of the Paul Masson Grande Amber Brandy brand, related inventory, and interests in certain contracts to Sazerac for approximately $265 million, subject to certain post-closing adjustments...

Afternoon Brief, January 11th

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Wine's Bubble Yet to Burst: After a surprisingly good year for the wine industry, what comes next..?

Wine’s Most Inspiring People 2021

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The North American wine industry is fortunate to have many passionate and inspiring luminaries, some that grew up among the vines, and others that...