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Afternoon Brief, October 16

Navigating the Changing Landscape of Wine Publicity: Good wine writers look for what appeals to their audience. Who is their reader and are they strictly looking for an examination of wine quality - or lack thereof - or are they seeking lifestyle pieces where the quirky winemaker and extravagant vintner steal the show...

Afternoon Brief, July 27

People Spend as Much on Legal Weed as They Do on Alcohol: Consumers are reaching for cannabis nearly as often as they are for a can of beer, a new report has found...

Afternoon Brief, July 8

Paul Hobbs Solidifies Position in the Sonoma Coast Acquiring Goldrock Ridge Vineyard: Winemaker Paul Hobbs has acquired the 42 acre Goldrock Ridge Vineyard, located in the northwest corner of the "true" Sonoma Coast appellation, near the town of Annapolis, CA, thus successfully concluding a quest that began over 3 years ago...

Afternoon Brief, May 16

Jackson Family Wines Buys Sonoma's Copaín: Jackson Family Wines is continuing its recent Pinot Noir buying spree, acquiring the Sonoma winery Copaín, it announced today...

Afternoon Brief, May 3

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief Trending Story: Kroger Drops Plan to Charge Alcohol Suppliers for Shelf Display Kroger Co. has dropped a controversial plan to...

Afternoon Brief, April 4

California’s Wine Industry Leads the Nation in Economic Benefit: The nation's multi-billion dollar wine, grape and grape product industries in the United States contribute more than $162 billion annually to the American economy, according to industry research firm MKF Research...

Distilled Spirits Council & Wine Institute Statement on TTB Kroger Letter

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Distilled Spirits Council and Wine Institute today issued a joint statement in response to the Tax and Trade Bureau’s (TTB)...

Afternoon Brief, February 8

Grape Crush Report Reveals Lighter Harvest for Washington State in 2015: Washington State's wine grape harvest in 2015 totaled 222,000 tons, down 2 percent from the prior year, said a report released today by the Washington State Wine Commission and the United States Department of Agriculture...

Afternoon Brief, December 17

Gallo to Acquire The Ranch Winery, Tripling Its Production Capacity in the Napa Valley: E.&J. Gallo Winery has agreed to acquire The Ranch Winery, a custom crush winery in St. Helena, California, located between Highway 29 and the Silverado Trail. The facility spans more than 70 acres and has a grape crush capacity of 30,000 tons. It also has 4.6 million cases of bottling capacity and 8 million gallons of storage space...

Afternoon Brief, January 5

Shoppers should take care when buying wine in clear glass bottles, says Wotwine, after 35% of wines in clear glass out of the 6,000 wines it sampled in the last two years exhibited signs of damage from light...

Afternoon Brief, September 23

Harvest Fair winning wines revealed - mostly: The winners of the Sonoma County Harvest Fair Wine Competition were revealed Sunday, but the top three wines the sweepstakes winners have yet to be unveiled...