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Afternoon Brief, December 29th

What Were Wine's Biggest Deals of 2023?: In uncertain times for wine, stronger players are scooping up small but promising vintners...

Afternoon Brief, December 20th

Shocking Working Conditions in Champagne: An Arte report sheds light on the working conditions of harvest workers in Champagne...

Afternoon Brief, October 25th

Underground Cellars Saga Rumbles On: Legal wrangling in the case of the failed wine club hinges on who actually owns the wines involved...

Free the Grapes! Announces Thea Schlendorf as Incoming Executive Director

October 25, 2023, Napa, CA – The directors of Free the Grapes!, a national coalition of wineries and wine lovers, announces a transition in the Executive...

Afternoon Brief, July 19th

The FBI Is Raiding One of the Fanciest Wine Stores in America after a Tip from the New York Times: The Federal Bureau of Investigation searched Park Avenue wine retailer Sherry-Lehmann Wine & Spirits Tuesday as part of an investigation into the 89-year-old vintner...

Afternoon Brief, May 2nd

Electronic Nose Determines the Quality of Wine: An electronic nose consists of some sensors, a signal processing system and an analysis system. "The e-nose can identify substances using a method similar to the human sense of smell..."

Afternoon Brief, April 18th

Research Shows Prosecco Is a Grape Variety, Not a Geographical Region: The culmination of five years’ research by Professor of Law Mark Davison at the Faculty of Law at Monash University in conjunction with Macquarie University, the study counters the European Union’s (EU) attempts to limit the use of the term Prosecco...

Afternoon Brief, February 3rd

Storms Are Another Disaster for Sonoma County Farmworkers Who Call for More Aid: Because of the work interruptions caused by the January storms, hundreds of farmworkers have turned to local nonprofit organizations and now the county for emergency financial aid and support...

DTC Symposium Recap: Engaging the Future

Sessions explored channels for improved customer communication and audience interaction.  By Alexandra Russell   The 2023 Direct to Consumer Wine Symposium, which took place Jan. 18-19, was...

Afternoon Brief, January 20th

DTC Symposium Recap: Engaging the Future: The 2023 Direct to Consumer Wine Symposium, which took place Jan. 18-19, was a forward looking affair featuring panel discussions and data presentations focused on future opportunities for the wine industry — and, of course, DTC, in particular...

Afternoon Brief, December 30th

2022: In Memoriam: Remembering the pioneers, legends, friends and family of the wine industry who died this year...

Afternoon Brief, December 16th

Winc and Sherry Lehmann: Two Very Different US Retailers in Trouble: Winc, the much lauded 11-year old online business that went public last year, has collapsed, despite $54.2m from venture capital investors including Bessemer Venture Partners, Shining Capital and Crosscut Ventures. Sherry-Lehmann, the 88-year-old Manhattan store faces a $3m unpaid tax bill and rumours of possible closure...

Afternoon Brief, May 9th

Casella in Huge Vineyard Sell-Off: Casella Family Brands is selling 35 vineyards covering 7,258 hectares in South Australia and Victoria...

Afternoon Brief, March 2nd

Two Brits Charged in New York Over Massive Wine Fraud: Two British men have been charged by federal prosecutors in New York over claims of a massive wine fraud. It is alleged that the two men defrauded people into investing nearly US$100 million in loans supposedly backed by an inventory of fine wine that did not, in fact, exist...

Afternoon Brief, November 2nd

Winemakers, Distributors Experiment with Supply Chain & Carbon-Shrinking Shortcuts: Whether shipping wine across the globe in giant bladders, or biking a bottle down the street, there’s likely a way to make the trip cheaper for you and better for the environment...