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Afternoon Brief, March 22nd

Some Early Results from the SvB DtC Survey: Today, we are about 50 responses short of what we need to produce the Annual Direct to Consumer Report, so please participate. To help us reach the finish line, we are leaving the survey open over the weekend and closing it on 3/24...

Afternoon Brief, February 16th

Hoopes Winery Civil Trial in Napa County Wraps After 11 Days, Ruling Could Take Months: Whether Napa Valley vintner Lindsay Hoopes has been using company structures as a shield against liability was the focus Wednesday of the 11th and final day of trial in a county lawsuit over alleged winery permit violations...

Afternoon Brief, December 22nd

California State Controller Weighs in on Napa Winery Dispute: In a letter shared with the drinks business, Malia Cohen, California State Controller, has demanded an explanation from Napa County as to why it is attempting to withdraw the right to hold tastings from three local wineries...

Afternoon Brief, December 15th

WSTA Debunks Pesticide Report: Recent results from a UK government testing programme have suggested a dramatic increase in the proportion of wine that contains multiple pesticide residues – up from 14% in 2016 to 50% in 2022...

Afternoon Brief, October 10th

Washington Wine Grape Growers Downsizing: Washington viticulturists face painful adjustments to Ste. Michelle volume decrease...

Afternoon Brief, September 29th

Ohio Launches Appeal Over Wine Shipping: The state of Ohio has requested the Supreme Court to take on another wine shipping case....

Afternoon Brief, July 28th

Wine’s Share of Ecommerce Sales Continues to Erode: How Can It Win Back Consumers?: IWSR analyses the shifts in alcohol ecommerce as beer and spirits players increasingly invest in the channel...

Afternoon Brief, June 27th

Rodney Strong Wine Estates Announces Acquisition of River West Vineyard: Today, Rodney Strong Wine Estates (RSWE) – family-owned, Sonoma County wine company that includes Rodney Strong Vineyards, Davis Bynum Wines, and ROWEN Wine Company – announced the acquisition of River West Vineyard, a premium quality vineyard totaling 335 acres in the world-renowned Russian River Valley appellation of California...

Afternoon Brief, June 9th

After the Fires: Four Iconic Napa Wineries Share Their Recovery Stories: Fire happens quickly, but the recovery can take years. Decanter checks in on four iconic producers in Napa who are rebuilding with an eye towards the future...

Afternoon Brief, June 5th

Bidding Smart at Napa's Big Barrel Auction: Our US editor finds there were some bargains to be had at the scaled-down Napa Valley Vintners auction...

OIV & IWSR: Consumption Trending Down, Quality Trending Up

New studies released by international wine organizations confirm consumer cutbacks and premiumization. By Jeff Siegel   Two recent surveys of wine consumption and sales around the world...

Afternoon Brief, May 25th

Drinking Preferences: The Decline of Wine: New data shows a paradox in the U.S. wine industry last year with more regular wine drinkers, but consuming in falling volumes...

Afternoon Brief, March 17th

SVB Financial Files for Ch. 11 Bankruptcy Protection, Says It Has $2.2 Billion in Liquidity: One week after trading was halted for SVB Financial and regulators took control of the holding company for Silicon Valley Bank and other subsidiaries, SVB Financial has taken the next inevitable step: Today it announced that it has formally filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York...

Expert Editorial: Welcome to the Age of the “Total Beverage Alcohol...

A blurring of category lines demands that we embrace R&D and innovation to meet consumers’ changing tastes. By Brigid Mannarino   Every year or so, Apple comes...

Afternoon Brief, February 16th

Hurricane Destroys Hawke's Bay Vineyards: Wine growers are used to rain, frost and drought, but a full-force tropical cyclone is a different level entirely...