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Afternoon Brief, September 21

Maryland Booze Peddlers Cheated NYC Distributor Out of Millions of Dollars in Tax-Dodging Scheme, Lawsuit Alleges: The metropolitan area's largest distributor of wine and spirits has filed a civil racketeering lawsuit alleging two liquor wholesalers in Maryland schemed with an assortment of retailers to smuggle millions of dollars' worth of alcohol to New York City to avoid paying the higher excise tax here...

Afternoon Brief, September 20

Wine Retailers Throw Down Gauntlet Against Direct-Shipping Restrictions: The book on modern direct-to-consumer wine-shipping law was written at the U.S. Supreme Court in 2005 with the Granholm v. Healddecision...

Afternoon Brief, August 16

Dan Kosta, Co-Founder of Kosta Browne Winery, Appointed Honorary Vintner Chair of the 2016 Sonoma Wine Country Weekend: Kosta Browne Winery, a boutique, world-class winery based in Sebastopol, California, in the heart of the Russian River Valley, is pleased to announce that co-founder Dan Kosta has been appointed Honorary Vintner Chair of the 2016 Sonoma Wine Country Weekend...

Afternoon Brief, July 19

Barolo Burglars Steal Thousands of Bottles of Wines: Two of Barolo's wineries have been robbed of hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of wine in less than three weeks, and the evidence suggests the same thieves are behind both crimes...

Afternoon Brief, July 14

National Storage Tank CEO Envisions Wine Industry “Hub of Suppliers” for Sonoma County: When most people enthuse about a passion for wine, images of sparkling beverages in a glass or acres of vineyards covering a rolling hillside come to mind - not an industrial site filled with all shapes and sizes of polyethylene and steel core tanks...

Afternoon Brief May 19

Native Plants Reduce Need for Vineyard Water, Pesticide Usage: Scientists in eastern Washington are finding drought-tolerant alternatives to roses at the end of vineyard rows that not only save on water, but increase predators of pests that are harmful to crops ...

Lewis-Clark Valley Named Newest American Viticultural Area

AVA designation shows continued growth of Idaho’s wine industry Boise, Idaho – Idaho’s wine industry continues to flourish with the newly approved Lewis-Clark Valley American...

Afternoon Brief, February 23

Financial Crisis Led to 'Winemaker Freedom": The global financial crisis in 2008 was in some ways positive for winemakers as it gave them a sense of freedom according to Ted Lemon of California's Littorai...

Afternoon Brief, October 20

Uncorking the Chemical Potential of Wine Waste: Italian scientists have devised an innovative and economically feasible biorefinery that can squeeze more chemicals out of the mountains of grape waste produced during wine production...

Afternoon Brief, October 2

Californian Wine Hits Back at Arsenic 'Propaganda': The body representing Californian winemakers has refuted claims made in a study released this week that said potentially dangerous levels of arsenic are present in nearly all American red wine...

Afternoon Brief, September 23

Ste. Michelle CEO: Economic Factors Key in Wine’s Pacific Northwest Migration: Washington state may be overshadowed by California's wine industry, but it is gaining prominence and will continue to do so thanks to cheap land, fewer regulations and growing recognition of the quality of the Evergreen State's varietals...

Afternoon Brief, September 22

Bill Leigon Acquires Jamieson Ranch Winery from Madison Vineyard Holdings: Bill Leigon, president of Jamieson Ranch Vineyards since February 2013, has announced his purchase of the Napa winery, finalized on September 18, 2015...

Afternoon Brief, June 3

Massive Wine Fraud Sting Nets Prominent Canadian Industry Figures: Montréal police arrested 12 individuals, many in the wine industry, last month in what authorities are calling "one of the most [significant] tax-evasion schemes referring to alcohol contraband in Quebec."

Afternoon Brief, May 29

Wineries Go to Grad School - and Find Potential Customers: Leading wineries are conducting wine-education programs for student clubs at America's leading graduate institutions...

Afternoon Brief, May 5

Judge dismisses legal challenge to Paul Hobbs vineyard project: A judge has dismissed a challenge to Sonoma County's approval of the controversial Paul Hobbs Winery vineyard project in Sebastopol, potentially ending a long-running legal dispute between the vintner known for his luxury wines and community activists...