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Afternoon Brief, February 25

The fact that two marketers are moderating Wine Industry Networks (WIN) 3-Tier Wine Symposium this year is not by chance ...

Afternoon Brief, February 24

Napa Valleys finest, most innovative wines raised $3.9 million in support of the Napa Valley Vintners mission to promote, protect and enhance the Napa Valley ...

Afternoon Brief, February 12

A new Hard Six Cellars winery cannot be built in a remote, mountainous location south of Calistoga, the Napa County Board of Supervisors ruled on Tuesday ...

Afternoon Brief, February 11

California's winegrowers may have reached a ceiling the 2019 grape crush was 9.1 percent smaller than the record 2018 crush, and is the smallest overall since 2011, according to the California Department of Food & Agriculture ...

Afternoon Brief, February 4

Unraveling the Master Sommelier Exam Cheating Scandal More than a year after the scandal that rocked the wine world in 2018, candidates and Master Sommeliers are still fighting for change...

Afternoon Brief, January 27

Napa and Sonoma counties are closer to resolving some key issues that for years have been simmering and at time boiling over on how to regulate the growth of wine business operations ...

Afternoon Brief, January 13

There were over sixty-five judges, representing various North American wine regions, evaluating nearly 6,700 wines from over 1,000 wineries for the 2020 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition ...

Afternoon Brief, December 30

Winemaking is often thought of as a symbol of transformation. While the fermented drink dates back 9,000 years, the wine market is now experiencing its own transformation due to technological innovation, and the introduction of new business models ...

Afternoon Brief, December 16

Liz Paquette, Director of Brand and Head of Consumer Insights at Drizly predicts that 2020 is going to bring an explosion of non-traditional packaging variants, with a particular focus on the Ready to Drink (RTD) segment, where packaging plays a key role ...

Afternoon Brief, December 9

3 Years of Hurt on Horizon, but Despite Challenges Wine Remains Relevant - Few people have the vantage point of Carolyn Wente, 4th generation winegrower and CEO of Wente Vineyards in the Livermore Valley. Not many winemaking families still exist in America that have been serially and continually involved in the wine industry for more than 3 generations ...

Afternoon Brief, December 6

California North Coast Wine Grape Growers Should Recognize Shift in Winery Demand, Broker Says: While the storm clouds of recession may be looming two to three years out for the overall U.S. economy, the wine business in the North Coast and elsewhere in California should be taking action now as consumer sales slow and the supply of grapes and wine in tanks increases, according to experts at an industry conference in Santa Rosa on Thursday ...

Afternoon Brief, November 11

Sonoma County Studies Take Issue with Wine Industry’s Expansion, Scrutinizing Traffic, Events: Sonoma County wineries should bear the bulk of the responsibility for improving relations with rural neighbors, according to a pair of recently released county studies calling for fewer events, more coordination and a higher standard of review for new or expanding wineries...

Afternoon Brief, November 4

Sonoma's Wine Country Struggles with a New Label: Fire Country - The things that set California apart, for better or worse, were all there last Sunday afternoon: terrifying flames, wine country glamour and a rescue straight out of Hollywood ...

Afternoon Brief, October 22

What to Expect When Cal Expo Hosts the Unified Wine & Grape Symposium for 2020 - With the move to the Cal Expo for the 2020 Unified Wine & Grape Symposium (UW&GS), both attendees and exhibitors might have questions about what to expect. What will be different, how does the facility impact how the trade show is presented, and are there changes to the programming? What is the situation with lodging and transportation ...

Afternoon Brief, October 10

Turning the Tables on Karen MacNeil: Karen MacNeil is one of the foremost wine experts in the United States. Karen is the only American to have won every major wine award given in the English language ...