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Afternoon Brief, September 30

Russian River Valley Wines Sweep Top Honors at 2019 Sonoma County Harvest Fair Awards: A pinot noir, a chardonnay and a sparkling brut rosé - all produced from Russian River Valley grapes - won the coveted sweepstakes awards Sunday night at the Sonoma County Harvest Awards Gala...

Afternoon Brief, September 25

The Mysterious and Not Fully Understandable Wine Defect Popping Up in Natural Wines: Mouse - You can't smell it. At first, you can't taste it. But once you do, you'll wish you'd never opened the bottle. It's a stealthy little pest known as mouse, or mousiness, an off-flavor that can infect wines ...

Afternoon Brief, September 12

Global Leader in Sustainability Achieves Record Breaking Participation and Announces a First for Agriculture - Five years ago, the Sonoma County Winegrowers (SCW) made a bold declaration to the wine world that its more than 1,800 winegrowers were committed to becoming the nations first 100% certified sustainable wine region in 2019 ...

Afternoon Brief, August 13

Notable Sonoma County Wine Executive's Vineyard Business Firm Accused of Water Quality Violations - Prominent Sonoma County wine executive Hugh Reimers, who last month abruptly left as president of Foley Family Wines, faces allegations that his grape growing company has violated regional, state and federal water quality laws for improperly clearing land near Cloverdale to build a vineyard ...

Afternoon Brief, July 31

Sonoma Wine Auction Co-Chairs Gina Gallo and Chris Jackson Spill the Beans: As we eagerly anticipate the 2019 Sonoma Wine Auction, to be held September 1921, we thought it would be illuminating to learn a little more about this year’s co-chairs, Gina Gallo and Chris Jackson, who happen to be from two of the most influential, long term Sonoma wine families ...

Afternoon Brief, July 30

The Winery Wedding Industrial Complex Doesn’t Care if You Have Objections: The greatest bartending move of all time is reported in the New Testament. In the Gospel of John (2:1-11), Jesus is at a party in Cana, chilling with his disciples, when his mother tells him they’ve run out of wine. Lo and behold, he turns their water into wine ...

Afternoon Brief, July 18

More Lawsuits Follow Supreme Court Decision: After the US Supreme Court's landmark ruling outlawing discrimination in wine shipping last month, the obvious question was, what's next? This week we got the answer. Lawsuits have been filed against four states Indiana, Kentucky, New Jersey and Texas that allow their own wine shops to ship to consumers, but not out-of-state shops ...

Afternoon Brief, May 24

Smoke Taint and Site Specificity Hot Topics at Wine Business IQ: A panel titled Recent Research: Research That Will Change the Way You Make Wine, started off the second and final day of discussions at Wine Business Monthly's Innovation and Quality, or IQ, forum ...

Afternoon Brief, January 4

Constellation’s $3 Billion Wine Sale: What’s on the Block: Last fall, multiple reports surfaced that Constellation Brands is exploring a selloff of several wine labels among them Clos du Bois, Cooks, Arbor Mist, and Mark West as it looks to continue premiumizing its portfolio in line with market trends ...

Afternoon Brief, December 27

U.S. Ambassador to Israel Was Tricked into Investing in an Israeli Winery, Lawsuit Alleges: The U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman was presented with allegedly fraudulent documents when he agreed to invest $730,000 in an Israeli wine company, according to a lawsuit filed Wednesday to a Tel Aviv District Court...

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, July 5

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: Canada’s Wine Sector to Benefit from Over $9M in Investment The Canadian Grapevine Certification Network will receive investment...

Afternoon Brief, June 7

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: Compounds Called Corklins Found in Cork-Stoppered Wines The interaction of wine and phenolics from cork stoppers produces compounds...

Afternoon Brief, March 30

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: Napa, Sonoma Wines Caught in U.S.-China Trade Tiff, but Opportunity Rises As trade talks progress between Washington and...

Afternoon Brief, March 7

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: Regulators Investigate Napa, Sonoma Wineries and Distributors for Illegal Trade Practices Federal and state agents visited more than...