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Afternoon Brief, December 27

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Trump’s 100% Tariffs on French Wines Could Cost American Jobs: The Champagne that millions of Americans will drink to toast in the New Year could become more costly if U.S. President Donald Trump imposes a 100% tariff on French -- and other European -- goods such as wine, cheese, cosmetics, and the famous bubbly by the middle of next month. The tariff could also lead to job cuts in the U.S. ...

Afternoon Brief, November 7

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Is Wine Premiumisation a Doom Loop?: Wine sales figures for the first half of 2019 show that the premiumisation trend in the US has begun to head south. The question every wine producer should be asking themselves is: So what do we do now? ...

Afternoon Brief, November 6

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Wineries Back to Business After Kincade Fire and Encouraging Visitors to #GatherInSonoma and #SipSonoma - Sonoma County wine country has been hit twice by massive fires in the space of three years. The first, on October 8, 2017, was an unexpected frenzy that caused unfathomable damage, took thousands of structures and many lives, displaced countless families, and uprooted the wine business in both Napa and Sonoma counties ...

VineView to Host Presentation and Lunch Nov. 20 in Lodi

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The complimentary luncheon will show winegrowers firsthand how VineView’s industry-leading imaging technology will save them time and money in the vineyard. Nov. 5, 2019 (Napa,...

Afternoon Brief, September 12

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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, April 29

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Turning a Critical Eye on Wine Critics: One of the frequent digs made in the Cabernet-infused cock pit of the bad old days (the Robert Parker bulletin board in the mid-noughties) was that, while the likes of Decanter magazine and certain wine competitions were all very well, their group tasting approach could smother the individual greatness of certain wines and the individual insights that came with the lone star approach...

Afternoon Brief, April 19

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Wine Executives Debate the Promise and Peril of Millennial Wine Consumers: Top wine executives on Thursday offered differing views on the promise and peril of marketing wine to millennials, who are poised to overtake baby boomers this year as the largest generation in the United States...

Afternoon Brief, March 26

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New Collective Brings Applied Research, Collaboration to Winemaking Community: Winemakers have been long been among the original experimenters; that is, those willing to employ trial and error methodologies and information gleaned from other colleagues to continually improve their vintages ...

Afternoon Brief, March 14

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It’s Snowing in California Vineyards, and Winemakers Are Loving it - Whether or not you're a skier or snowboarder, you know the adage. If it's raining in San Francisco, it must be snowing in Tahoe ...

Afternoon Brief, January 22

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Supreme Court's Wine-Regulation Case Focuses on Protectionism:

Afternoon Brief, January 8

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Napa County Winery Permit Enforcement Deadline Spurs Scramble for Professionals: Napa County is undertaking a sizable effort this year to tighten enforcement of limits on how much local wineries can grow. But with less than three months until a deadline to file for permit modifications, there's growing concern among the small cadre of professionals usually tasked with such documentation about meeting the deadline...

Afternoon Brief, January 4

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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, January 2

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The Hispanic Consumer Is Key to the Future of the Wine Industry: The growth of the Latino population in the United States is well documented and we know that it will continue to expand. This reality will provide opportunities for growth for many industries, notably in the food and beverage sector ...

Afternoon Brief, November 20

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Feds Shut Down Controversial Elouan Wine Labels: California winery Copper Cane has been ordered by the federal government to change the labels on its Elouan wines, which are made in California but labeled as Oregon wines and sold as such by retailers.

Afternoon Brief, November 13

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Malibu Coast AVA Devastated by Woolsley Fire – Some Structures Saved by Vines: Vineyards and wineries in the Malibu Coast AVA have been heavily damaged or destroyed by the still-raging Woolsey fire in the coastal hills west of Los Angeles...