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Save the Date: Thirteenth Annual Direct to Consumer Wine Symposium, January...

Napa, CA, April 30, 2019 – The popular Direct to Consumer Wine Symposium, the industry’s national summit on wine direct marketing and sales, will...

Afternoon Brief, April 29

Turning a Critical Eye on Wine Critics: One of the frequent digs made in the Cabernet-infused cock pit of the bad old days (the Robert Parker bulletin board in the mid-noughties) was that, while the likes of Decanter magazine and certain wine competitions were all very well, their group tasting approach could smother the individual greatness of certain wines and the individual insights that came with the lone star approach...

Afternoon Brief, March 7

After Floods, Sonoma County Wine Industry Tallies Losses: Last week, a series of powerful storms inundated Sonoma County, dumping 7 inches of rain in Sebastopol and as much as 20 inches in Venado, an unincorporated community in the hills between Guerneville and Healdsburg, all in the span of just 48 hours...

SOLD OUT: Direct to Consumer Wine Symposium 2019 Closes Registration

Napa, CA, January 11, 2019 – The Steering Committee of the 2019 Direct to Consumer Wine Symposium is pleased to announce this year’s summit...

Afternoon Brief, January 7

Organic Grape Growing Harms Vineyard Soil, Says a Consumer Advocacy Group: According to the pro-science consumer advocacy group, American Council on Science and Health (ACSH), organic wine may not be good for the earth-or at the very least, it's bad for the local vineyard soil...

Afternoon Brief, October 18

Constellation Brands Names Bill Newlands Next CEO: Constellation Brands, Inc., a leading beverage alcohol company, today announced Bill Newlands will assume the role of president and chief executive officer (CEO), succeeding current CEO Rob Sands, on March 1, 2019...

Afternoon Brief, October 17

Big Wine Brands' Bizarre Beginnings: Wine is weird. After grapes are plucked from vines, cleaned and crushed (or not), they're ready for fermentation. Eukaryotic microorganisms go in, consume sugar, and burp out carbon dioxide and alcohol...

Indiana: Time to Remove the Winery Direct Shipping Lockout

Free the Grapes! calls for removal of protectionist laws in 2019 October 16, 2018, Napa, CA –  Free the Grapes!, a national coalition of wineries...

Free the Grapes Alabama: Urge State Lawmakers to Allow Wine Shipments

Act Now to Support Senate Bill 243 for Consumer Choice February 12, 2018—Napa, CA – Alabama is one of only six states with an archaic...

Compliance Expert Jeff Carroll Joins Board of Directors for Free the...

February 1, 2018—Today, Free the Grapes! announces the appointment of a new advisor to their board of directors, Jeff Carroll. Jeff is currently Vice President...

Free the Grapes Indiana: Wines Out of Reach for Indiana Consumers...

Protectionist law limits consumer choice January 22, 2018, Napa, CA – While Indiana is one of 44 states that allow legal direct to consumer shipments from...

Rutgers’ Study: New Jersey Restriction on Wine Direct Shipping Costs State...

Tax collections and consumer choice hurt by arbitrary cap May 8, 2017, Napa, CA – New Jersey’s current ban on direct-to-consumer wine shipments from certain...

SOLD OUT: Direct to Consumer Wine Symposium 2017 Closes Registration

Steering Committee thanks speakers, sponsors, volunteers and registrants Napa, CA, January 5, 2017 – Today, the Steering Committee of the 2017 Direct to Consumer Wine...

Afternoon Brief, February 3

Basketball's Tim Duncan Suing Terroir Founder Charles Banks: NBA star alleges he was misled on winery fund and other investments; Banks denies all claims...