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Afternoon Brief, May 4th

25 Years in Prison for 5 Attackers of Bordeaux Wine Tycoon Bernard Magrez: On 30 April, the first chamber of the Bordeaux criminal court convicted the six men charged with kidnapping and burglarising Bernard Magrez, owner of four Grands Crus Classés, and his wife, at their Bordeaux home overnight on 11 January 2018...

Afternoon Brief, May 3rd

Protestors Rally Against King Estate Winery's Employee Vaccine Mandate: Nearly a dozen protestors rallied in front of King Estate Winery in Eugene around 11:00 a.m. on Saturday. This is in response to the business requiring employees to get the COVID-19 vaccine or else they lose their job...

Afternoon Brief, April 30th

Restaurant Revitalization Fund Registration Opens: In lieu of a convention this year, WSWA has launched their virtual Brand Battle Tournament—an ideal opportunity for craft, startup and small production wine, spirits, and low-alc/no-alc/mixer brands...

Afternoon Brief, April 29th

Macy’s and Drinks Launch New Online Wine Shop: DRINKS, the online leader in adult beverage, and Macy’s today announced the launch of Macy’s Wine Shop (MacysWineShop.com), a new online wine store available in 40 states plus D.C., enabling consumers in more than 38,000 zip codes and 144 million households to get wine shipped straight to their doorstep, within 1-2 days...

Afternoon Brief, April 28th

Yellow Tail and Casillero Del Diablo Remain the World’s Most Powerful Wine Brands Amid a Picture of Eroding Brand Equity for Wine Brands Worldwide: Building on feedback from over 25,000 wine consumers in 25 markets – representing over 400 million wine drinkers globally – the fourth annual Wine Intelligence Global Wine Brand Power Index reveals an industry-wide erosion of brand equity arising from the disruption to shopping and consumption patterns experienced during the Covid era, which may take some time for brand owners to restore...

Afternoon Brief, April 27th

US Wine Sales Set to Skyrocket: Strap yourselves in, US wine industry, because you're on a rocket ship that's about to blast off. That's the prediction from industry analyst Rob McMillan, and it's notable because McMillan has become best known in recent years for his gloomy long-term forecasts for wine...

Afternoon Brief, April 26th

The Complex Science of Assessing California’s Fire-Damaged Vines: Bracing for another fire season, Napa and Sonoma viticulturists decide whether to replant or revitalize many vineyards that burned in 2020...

Afternoon Brief, April 23rd

Krasilsa Pacific Farms Sells Sonoma County Vineyard for $4.7 Million: A Sonoma County vineyard belonging to a partnership led by well-known wine executive Hugh Reimers has been sold for about $4.7 million, according to county records...

Afternoon Brief, April 22nd

California's Droughts Sometimes Make Better Wine, but They're Bad for the Industry Overall -- Here's Why: This year is shaping up to be a very dry one in California. Coming off of an already-dry 2020 — the third-driest year on record since 1895 — the state has gotten only a fraction of the precipitation it would need to replenish water supplies...

Afternoon Brief, April 21th

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

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

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

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

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

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...
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