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Afternoon Brief, December 12

Gallo-Constellation Planned Wine, Spirits Deal Now $1.1B After Trimming Brands: E. & J. Gallo Winery and Constellation Brands Inc., two of the largest wine producers in the world, on Thursday said they are trimming their $1.7 billion deal for lower-priced Constellation wines announced earlier this year, after regulator concerns about the transaction...

Wine Industry Well Equipped to Meet Climate Change Challenges

“Wine people are interested in surviving and succeeding and will work within the natural boundaries they are given,” says Jim Trezise, President of WineAmerica. He has his finger on the pulse of the wine industry and is intimately aware of the issues facing vintners ...

True Consumer Choice Beginning to Impact Alcoholic Beverage Industry

Cheryl Durzy, CEO and founder of Liberation Distribution (LibDib), thinks the time for real consumer choice in the alcoholic beverage industry is about to dawn as consumer behavior, retailer services, and increased 3-tier access trends converge. For wineries this presents an opportunity, but is no slam dunk.

Within Five Years Entire Brands Will Be Created Through Pre-Production Personalization

Within Five Years Entire Brands Will Be Created Through Pre-Production Personalization: “Within five years you will see entire brands created through pre-production personalization by flavor and shopper profiling at an individual level.

WIN Expo Conference Attendance Indicates Which Topics Most Occupy Industry Minds

8th Annual Expo Hosts North Coast Industry and Donates to Fireman’s Benevolent Fund Healdsburg, CA, December 9th, 2019 – The Wine Industry Network (WIN) today...

3 Years of Hurt on Horizon, but Despite Challenges Wine Remains...

Few people have the vantage point of Carolyn Wente, 4th generation winegrower and CEO of Wente Vineyards in the Livermore Valley.

Innovative Wine Aging & Storing Technology Eliminates Oxidation and Contamination Risks

A groundbreaking new technology from Vijay and Meera Singh, the developers of the innovative, single-use liner GOfermentor® winemaking system, is revolutionizing the way that wine can...

AVA Update: SLO to Be Recognized

by Andrew Chalk Ask the American wine consumer to describe San Luis Obispo wine and they will likely tell you about the Paso Robles AVA,...

No Ordinary Bank

The financial needs of farmers and ranchers are unique, something Congress recognized when establishing the Farm Credit System in 1916. This single act of...

Innovation Advances Natural Cork Consistency and Quality

Innovation Advances Natural Cork Consistency and Quality: The SARA ADVANCED® process is unique in its meticulous treatment of corks, and has created a product that virtually takes away the guesswork of using natural corks.

Bolstering Grapevines to Handle the Effects of Climate Change

Bolstering Grapevines to Handle the Effects of Climate Change: BluVite (pronounced bloo veetay) was developed in Italy by BluAgri about 10 years ago to help grape growers deal with the inevitability of climate change. Enartis USA began trialing it here in the US in 2018.

Three Perspectives on the Challenges of the North Coast Wine Industry

Three Perspectives on the Challenges of the North Coast Wine Industry: Dire warnings, cautions, and stories of winegrowers beginning to feel the pinch of a stagnating wine market have emerged through the harvest season.

Confessions of an Oak Expert

The influence of oak on wine, whether from a barrel or an oak alternative, can be tremendously complex. While achieving the desired flavor is...

Pharmaceutical Technology Adapted for Winemaking Advances Wine Quality

“It eliminates the labor of punch down, not to mention cross contamination problems in cellar environments,” Smith reports. “This machine pays for itself in one season.”

Gathering the Sonoma Wine Industry After the Fires

The Kincade Fire struck the Geysers in northern Sonoma County two years and two weeks after the Tubbs fire started in Calistoga. The two fires were both blown southwest by high winds. While the Tubbs fire moved into populated Santa Rosa, the Kincade Fire threatened agricultural areas belonging to winegrowers and wineries.