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Afternoon Brief, February 27

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A big correction in the prices for excess North Coast grapes and wine is not only making it potentially more challenging for vintners to tap working capital but also raising the possibility of having to write down inventory ...

Wine Shipping Bill in Springfield Celebrated by Wine Retailers and Illinois...

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The National Association of Wine Retailers Applauds Bill that Ends Protectionist and Anti-Consumer Wine Shipping Law (Springfield, IL)—Both consumers across Illinois and the National Association...

Afternoon Brief, June 27

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US Supreme Court Ruling Should Boost Digital Wine Sales: A U.S. Supreme Court ruling issued Wednesday has the potential to open digital wine sales to more states across the country. The court in a 7-to-2 decision struck down a Tennessee law that required wine retailers to live in the state for two years before they could apply for a permit to sell alcohol...

Afternoon Brief, December 14

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The Great Haut-Brion Price Hack: It's no surprise that the most expensive wine traded on the Liv-Ex fine wine exchange in 2018 was one that dragged the superlatives from the critics. Such wines are obviously rare and expensive, especially when they come from Bordeaux, but we've found a little hack that could see you getting similar quality for a much-reduced price...

Afternoon Brief, December 12

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Illinois Distributor's Massive Payout to TTB: As the Washington DC-based Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) ramps up its trade practice-enforcement investigations, more wholesalers are appearing on their radar for foul play and Tied House infractions...

Afternoon Brief, March 19

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Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: Leading Bordeaux Wine Merchant Accused of Massive Fraud Prosecutors allege that Grands Vins de Gironde illegally blended at...

Afternoon Brief, February 28

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Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: Napa Expert Grim About the State and Direction of the Valley: ‘I Don't See Any Hope’ Few people...

Afternoon Brief, December 21

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Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: New York State Fines Southern Glazer's in 'Pay to Play' Scheme A giant wine and liquor wholesaler whose...

Afternoon Brief, November 27

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Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: Competitors Circle Amazon's Wine Business While Amazon has officially announced its exit from its online wine sales platform,...

Afternoon Brief, January 9

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Russian River Rising, More Rain on the Way: A driver in a Hummer became trapped in flood waters on a rural road west of Santa Rosa early Monday afternoon, generating a large emergency response including the Sonoma County sheriff's helicopter, a swift-water rescue team and a boat of firefighters...

Afternoon Brief, September 15

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Alcohol Industry Bankrolls Fight Against Legal Pot in Battle of the Buzz: The fight against legalized pot is being heavily bankrolled by alcohol and pharmaceutical companies, terrified that they might lose market share...

Afternoon Brief, August 29

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Duckhorn Wine Company to Be Acquired by Private Equity Firm TSG Consumer Partners: Duckhorn Wine Company and TSG Consumer Partners, a San Francisco-based strategic equity investor in consumer brands, announced today that TSG will acquire DWC from GI Partners. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed...

Afternoon Brief, August 19

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From Wine to Weed: Keeping the Marijuana Farm Small and Local: In November, voters in as many as 12 states will see a marijuana legalization initiative on their ballots...

Afternoon Brief, August 15

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Clayton Fire in Lake County Destroys Lower Lake Winery: Though the Clayton fire has destroyed one winery, Lake County vintners reported Monday their $61 million industry remained largely unscathed to date...

Afternoon Brief, August 12

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Wave of Mergers and Acquisitions Sweeps U.S. Wineries: Over the past several months, there's been a drumbeat of big-name mergers and acquisitions in the U.S. wine industry...