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Afternoon Brief, November 27

Thanksgiving ‘Biggest Opportunity’ for Wine in US On-Trade Nielsen Shows: According to the Nielsen CGA Channel Strategy Report 2019 and Nielsen CGA On-Premise User Survey (OPUS) 2019, wine sales outperforms spirits, beer, cocktails and soft drinks during the week of Thanksgiving, with 39% of US consumers choosing to drink wine when out-of-home during the November holiday ...

Afternoon Brief, November 26

The Ups and Downs of the 2019 Global Bulk Wine Market: In anticipation of the World Bulk Wine Exhibition (WBWE) in Amsterdam this coming December 2-3, the California-based global wine and grape broker, Ciatti, released its 2019 harvest and bulk wine report...

Afternoon Brief, October 9

Sonoma County Wineries Continue the Grape Harvest Using Backup Power: Regional wineries have ramped up emergency plans for PG&E's scheduled power outage Wednesday by securing generators and electricians so they will be able to continue with the annual grape harvest that still has about a month remaining ...

Afternoon Brief, June 10

Ancient Grape DNA Tells the Prolific History of Wine: Grape seeds dating back to medieval and Roman periods share many similarities with the wine grapes we enjoy today...

Afternoon Brief, May 17

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: Gallo’s Premium Business Now 30% of Turnover Speaking to Drinks Business in California, Edouard Baijot MW, E &...

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, 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, October 4

Local Experts Weigh in on the State of the North Coast Wine Industry: What's been happening in the North Coast wine industry? Specifically developed to for wineries in Sonoma, Napa, Lake, and Mendocino Counties...

Afternoon Brief, May 1

Vineyard Worker Killed in Sonoma Valley Tractor Accident A vineyard worker died Tuesday morning after being crushed while cleaning mower equipment in a Sonoma Valley vineyard, authorities said...

Afternoon Brief, April 26

Fast-Rising Napa, Sonoma Winegrape Prices Spill Over into Central Coast, Oregon Vineyards Sales figures that show a significant slowdown in U.S. wine sales and warnings about prices for higher-end wine getting ahead of demand in recent months have been sobering. But experts say the thirst for better-quality wine is growing, as is the willingness to pay more for it...

Afternoon Brief, February 22

Stay or Go?: Dilemma of Winery Founders in Mergers and Acquisitions Whether a founder or owner of a wine brand stays on after an acquisition can depend on what has been sold...

Afternoon Brief, February 20

Dan Berger: Red Wines Lean Heavily on Oak for Top-Scoring Flavors Quiz question: What grape delivers wine aromas described as vanilla bean, cedar, smoke, bacon, chocolate, pipe tobacco, mocha and toast?

Afternoon Brief, December 14

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: Alcohol Will 'Disappear' Within a Generation, Claims Scientist A neuropsycho pharmacologist, and the UK's former chief drugs officer,...

Afternoon Brief, December 6

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: Four Ways to Make 2018 Better Than 2017 with Planning and Selling Calendar says early December. Calendar says...

Afternoon Brief, November 9

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: Sonoma Tasting Room Battle Heats Up How many tasting rooms are too many? Some Sonoma locals think the...