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Afternoon Brief, April 21th

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Napa County Declines Fire Boss Planes for the 2021 Wildfire Season: Growers/Vintners for Responsible Agriculture offered to pay $1.5 million to lease the planes and crew from Dauntless Air. But in the face of Cal Fire opposition, the Napa County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday rejected the offer for now...

Afternoon Brief, April 20th

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2020 Wine Consumption Up in Brazil, Down in China and Flat in U.S.: Global wine consumption fell only 3% during 2020, according to the OIV in Paris, in their annual state of industry report today. The decline was primarily due to the impact of Covid, reported Pau Roca, Director General of the OIV, who compared it to the impact of the 2008 financial crisis...

Afternoon Brief, April 19th

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Sonoma County Winemaker Seeks Zero-Tolerance Policy for Sexual Assault and Harassment: In a bid to improve the treatment of women in Sonoma County’s wine industry, an influential female winemaker has drafted a zero-tolerance policy for sexual assault and harassment and is calling on trade groups representing wineries and grape growers across the county to adopt it in a unanimous show of support for women working in wine...

Afternoon Brief, April 16th

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Controversy as Gallo Seeks East Coast Foothold: E & J Gallo is offering South Carolina legislators a $400 million investment slated to create at least 300 new jobs and give the wine giant a retail outpost on the East Coast...

Afternoon Brief, April 15th

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France’s Wine Regions Start Counting the Cost of April’s Bitter Frost Damage: There’s nothing new about an April frost in France, but precocious ripening of vine buds earlier on in the growing cycle is becoming increasingly common due to global warming. Combined, the two have had a devastating effect on wine producers throughout France...

Afternoon Brief, April 14th

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Wine Industry Sales Symposium Opens Registration: Wine Industry Network (WIN) announced today that registration is now open for the Wine Industry Sales Symposium, a two-day educational conference focused on both wholesale and the direct-to-consumer sales channels. The virtual event is scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday, May 25th and 26th, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. PST. Registration is free for wine industry professionals...

Afternoon Brief, April 12th

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Sonoma County Wine Industry Group to Expel Dominic Foppoli's Winery Following Sexual Assault Allegations: The Russian River Winegrowers are the first in the wine industry to formally distance themselves from the Windsor mayor and vintner...

Afternoon Brief, April 9th

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Constellation’s Wine Premiumization Strategy Is Starting to Pay Off: Constellation’s STZ +0.2% sell-off of its lower-priced wine brands to E&J Gallo seems to be paying off in terms of promoting their “premiumization” strategy in the wine arena...

Afternoon Brief, April 8th

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Four Women Say Windsor Mayor Dominic Foppoli, ‘Prince’ of Wine Country, Sexually Assaulted Them: In the summer of 2019, Rose Fumoso left her home in southern France to intern at a Sonoma County winery, where the 21-year-old greeted customers in the tasting room and assessed the ripeness of grapes from the vineyard. As the season wound down in September, a friend invited Fumoso to a party celebrating the end of harvest...

Afternoon Brief, April 7th

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The Bollinger Family to Acquire Ponzi Vineyards: The Bollinger family, owners of iconic Champagne Bollinger in addition to four other historic estates in France, announce the upcoming acquisition of their first winery in the United States, with the purchase of Oregon’s famed Ponzi Vineyards...

New Products and Expanded Services from G3 Enterprises

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G3 Enterprises is an industry-leading packaging manufacturer and logistics provider with more than 30 years of experience in the wine industry providing its customers...

Afternoon Brief, April 6th

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Jackson versus Gallo: Label Wars 2: Two wine giants are squaring off over a labeling spat in a follow-up to a similar lawsuit in the '90s...

Afternoon Brief, April 5th

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Mess on the High Seas: That Imported Wine You Want Might Be Stuck on a Boat: U.S. importers are struggling to find freighter space for their wines, as they feel the rippling effects of tariffs and the COVID-19 pandemic...

Afternoon Brief, April 2nd

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Napa’s Wine Industry Seeks Legislative Aid for Labor, Fire Concerns: Napa Valley’s wine industry is asking the government at all levels to help it recover from economic and labor issues exacerbated by the chaos of 2020...

Afternoon Brief, April 1st

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When Smoke Gets in Your Wine: With so much at stake in the world’s wine industry, UC Davis researchers are focused closely on mitigating the effects of climate change in viticulture...