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Afternoon Brief, January 17

Napa Is Suddenly Abuzz with Winery and Vineyard Sales: After a relatively quiet period in Napa Valley mergers and acquisitions, we are suddenly seeing a flurry of activity. The big headline: Ed and Deb Fitts have sold Brand, the very high-end estate on Napa's Pritchard Hill that they founded in 2005, to Jim Bean and Christine O'Sullivan for an undisclosed price...

Afternoon Brief, January 16

Millennials Still Missing as Fine-Wine Core Consumers, Says Silicon Valley Bank Report: Sales growth for U.S. wine is expected to remain in positive territory this year - better, for premium producers - but the industry needs to revamp its appeal to the next generations of core consumers else lose share of wallet to competing beverages and imported wines, according to a closely watched industry report released Wednesday evening...

Cognac Shipments Are Up Again in 2018

Cognac, January 15, 2019 – For the fourth consecutive year, exports of Cognac have increased, reaching record numbers in both volume and value. With nearly...

Afternoon Brief, January 10

Important Crush Report May Be Impacted by Government Shutdown: The ongoing federal government shutdown, which began Dec. 22, may soon affect a key program of great importance to winegrape growers. Thursday, Jan. 10 is the deadline for wineries to submit grape purchase data from the 2018 harvest to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service Pacific Region office...

Afternoon Brief, December 19

3-Tier Wine Symposium Announced: The Wine Industry Network (WIN) today announced the launch of the 3-Tier Wine Symposium, a one-day intensive educational conference focused on how to best navigate the evolving and complicated world of distributor relations along with how to capitalize on the opportunities that still exist in the wholesale channel ...

Afternoon Brief, December 13

Opus One Sues Supplier Alleging Barrels Were Contaminated with TCA: A Napa Valley winery has filed a lawsuit for more than $470,000 over the sale of barrels allegedly contaminated with 2,4,6-trichloroanisole (TCA), according to court records...

Afternoon Brief, November 26

A New Era for U.S. Wine-Labeling Laws: Recent disputes find winemakers and legislators reconsidering America's laissez-faire attitude toward veracity in wine labeling...

Afternoon Brief, November 15

Smokey Summers a Winner for Wine Critics: California's ongoing worst wildfires ever will not affect the 2018 vintage, which is now in tanks and barrels. In fact, California's wines are better off than its people, as the inside of a stainless-steel tank might be the only place in the Golden State where you could breathe easily right now...

Afternoon Brief, November 14

Are Napa Valley Growers Smart to Rely so Heavily on Cabernet Sauvignon? : A panel of grape growing pundits held court last week during the Napa Valley Grapegrowers Rootstock trade show on the wisdom of relying so heavily on Cabernet Sauvignon...

Afternoon Brief, November 13

Malibu Coast AVA Devastated by Woolsley Fire – Some Structures Saved by Vines: Vineyards and wineries in the Malibu Coast AVA have been heavily damaged or destroyed by the still-raging Woolsey fire in the coastal hills west of Los Angeles...

Afternoon Brief, November 8

New Mondavi Plan Upsets Some Locals: Despite the passing of its two iconic founding brothers Robert and Peter and the sale of the Robert Mondavi Winery in 2004, the current and third generation of Mondavi family members continues to show a keen interest in the wine business ...

Afternoon Brief, November 6

Jim Bernau Responds to Copper Cane's Joe Wagner: The article regarding Oregon Vintners Pushing Back on Copper Cane's Labels generated a lot of interest, as did last week's Joe Wagner Responds: Copper Cane owner explains his side of the story, published by the Oregon Wine Press and included the daily roundup ...

Afternoon Brief, October 15

Wine Supply Is Hitting a Tipping Point: I've been pointing out the slowdown in the growth rate of consumer demand by volume for some time now. We are still growing, but the growth rate is slowing, particularly when looking at volume...

Afternoon Brief, September 11

Smart Branding Key to Future Wine Sales: The wine industry has often been among the slowest to react to economic change. As the United States pulls into a decade of recession and recovery, wine executives are still reluctant to innovate on many fronts...

Afternoon Brief, August 20

The Great Wine Industry Shake-Up: Intensifying climate change, consolidation and real estate prices will all lead to increasingly shrewd business deals ...