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Afternoon Brief, April 3

Sauvignon Blanc Gets Serious on California’s Central Coast: From the tips of the Santa Cruz Mountains to the deep canyons of Santa Barbara County, there’s a Sauvignon Blanc renaissance underway...

Where Will Wine Sales Come from Next Month?

Despite wineries being shuttered and millions of people sheltering in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic, consumers have not stopped buying wine, but have...

Innovative Winemaking System Offers Covid Distancing ‘Gentle, Clean, Closed’ Press Operation...

Let’s face it. Conventional winemaking is a labor intensive, messy business.  Between manual or mechanical punch downs and arduous barrel and tank cleaning regimes to...

Tracking the Impact of the Coronavirus on the 3-Tier Market

The wine industry has weathered many obstacles, be they fires, phylloxera, or prohibition. Today we face uncharted waters with the coronavirus. Our path forward...

Oregon Wine a Leader in Biodynamics

Even though Oregon only produces one percent of the wines made in the United States, this states accounts for 52% of total vineyard acres that received biodynamic® certification from Demeter USA, a not-for-profit that offers biodynamic certification to farms.

Grow Your Brand Presence in the US Market

If you are looking to get your wines in-front of US top on-premise buyers and sommeliers. Enter Your Wines Now. Sommeliers Choice Awards gathers the...

New Napa Ballot Initiative Splits Wine Industry, Set to Repeat Measure...

After the controversial and hotly debated Measure C was narrowly defeated in Napa County, the organization responsible for bringing the measure to the ballot, Napa Growers and Vintners for Responsible Agriculture (NGVRA), is attempting to get a new initiative on the November 2020 ballot ...

Corona Pandemic Boosts Alcohol Deliveries

Wineries, bars, and restaurants are closed across the world and people are staying home, but they still want their favorite drinks, and to get them, they are increasingly turning to delivery services ...

Wineries Get Creative to Reach Customers During Pandemic

As the mandate came down in California and other states to close tasting rooms as part of the prevention of the spread of the Coronavirus through gatherings, wineries were forced to pivot from normal operations to both creative ways of selling wine ...

Wine Event Cancellations Hurt Associations’ Marketing Efforts and Budgets

I was in a tasting room in downtown Healdsburg on Sunday, March 15, when a passerby called in the window and said “enjoy your glass of wine….

Coronavirus Again Exposes Fragility of Hospitality Driven Wine Business

In the beginning of March when the seriousness of the Coronavirus outbreak began to dawn on US Consumers, WineDirect noticed an immediate 22% volume decrease in weekend tasting room sales compared to the previous month across the 900 US and Canada wineries that use their point-of-sale system ...

Powerful Tools for Wineries Changing from Barrel Ageing to Oak Ageing

Vivelys has been talking about oxygen management for years; they have established themselves as the experts in the field, and now they are proud...

Governor Newsom Calls for Discontinuation of Winery Tastings & Events

New Recommendations on Winery Tastings & Events California Governor Newsom called today for the closure of bars, pubs and wineries in the state to help curtail the...

Chris Howell Reflects on 30 Years of Napa Winemaking Through the...

A conversation with Chris Howell, winemaker for this iconic brand atop Spring Mountain since 1990, is bound to cover as much ground as a walking tour of the famed vineyard itself. You find yourself examining the dirt and weeds beneath your feet one minute, inhaling the native plants that surround the place and impart their secret influence the next, and then, you’re perched on the highest rock, taking in the 360 view of the world according to Cain. Or, more correctly, the world according to Howell through the lens of Cain. 

Innovative Dissolved Oxygen Probe Maximizes Accuracy, Efficiency for Winemaking Operations

For more than fifteen years Flotek, a leading, worldwide manufacturer’s agency focused on the biotech and food & beverage industries, has been assisting end...