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Afternoon Brief, March 5

Vintage Wine Estates Purchases Wine Packaging Pioneer Alloy Wine Works: Vintage Wine Estates is excited to announce the acquisition of Alloy Wine Works, one of the first innovators of fine varietal, appellated wines available in aluminum cans...

Afternoon Brief, February 25

Napa Auction Snatches Victory from Defeat: Napa Valley was set up for a huge failure at Premiere Napa Valley on Saturday. Everything seemed against the nation's top wine region at its annual trade auction of special one-time-only wines ...

Afternoon Brief, December 26

Beer, Spirits, & Wine - Packaged Imports Grow +8.3% by Value Over Last Twelve Months Through October 2018, Packaged Exports Decline -10.3%: Total beverage alcohol imports (including bulk and packaged) grew +7.7% by value over the last twelve months and grew +5.6% by value over the last three months...

Afternoon Brief, November 30

Napa Vintner, Oregon Officials Meet to Defuse Wine-Labeling Dispute: Oregon regulators and a California winery accused of misrepresenting the Oregon origins of its bestselling pinot noir, an act which infuriated local winemakers, said Thursday after a preliminary meeting they're hopeful they can resolve the dispute...

Afternoon Brief, November 6

Jim Bernau Responds to Copper Cane's Joe Wagner: The article regarding Oregon Vintners Pushing Back on Copper Cane's Labels generated a lot of interest, as did last week's Joe Wagner Responds: Copper Cane owner explains his side of the story, published by the Oregon Wine Press and included the daily roundup ...

Afternoon Brief, November 1

Joe Wagner Responds to Copper Cane Controversy: Copper Cane founder Joe Wagner has largely stayed quiet and out of the press as controversy swirls around his using of Oregon place names on his wines. In early October, he agreed to a lengthy phone interview with Oregon Wine Press; what follows are excerpts from that conversation...

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...

Afternoon Brief, September 17

Consumers Trade Up, U.S. Wine Sales Rise 3%: Domestic wines gained ground in August, with Cabernet Sauvignon leading the way through both off-premise and direct-to-consumer channels. U.S. wine sales totaled $3.6 billion in August, up 3% from a year earlier according to market research...

Afternoon Brief, August 28

Chicago Runs Wine Across the Indiana Border: Chicago has never been a very clean town when it comes to politics or crime. However, given how high state and city booze taxes are here, its residents may feel somewhat justified in turning to illegal activity to access wine at lower prices...

Afternoon Brief, July 16

French ministers' plans to require bigger health warnings on bottles of wine have provoked a furious response from leading chateaux, which say the move would damage 'the soul of France' and turn wine into a 'criminal product'...

Afternoon Brief, March 5

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: Two 'Second Acts' in the Napa Valley Wine Industry: The Araujo and Krupp Families Napa Valley has changed....

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...

Afternoon Brief, July 25

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: California Winemakers No Longer Fight Drought - Now It's Mildew "If you don't find mildew in your vineyards,...

Afternoon Brief, July 18

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: E. & J. Gallo Deploys Data-Driven App to Harvest a Better Grape The world's oldest winery is a...

Afternoon Brief, April 12

A Woman's Death Sorting Grapes Exposes Italy's "Slavery" Her husband can still recall how Paola Clemente used to set two alarms to make sure she woke in the middle of the night - 1:50 a.m. - to catch the private bus that would take her and dozens of other women to the vineyards...