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Afternoon Brief, December 28th

California Wine Consolidation Ramps Up to Close Out 2023: Consolidation is nothing new for the wine industry, but the pace of change has accelerated in recent years as interest rates have risen, costs of labor and supplies have jumped, and demand for wine has softened...

Afternoon Brief, March 17

Impact of County Shelter-in-Place Orders on Wineries: Seven Bay Area counties in California today issued shelter-in-place orders. The orders require individuals living in these counties to remain in their place of residence and leave only to provide or receive certain essential services or engage in certain essential activities and work for essential businesses and governmental services...

Afternoon Brief, September 4

Phylloxera Strikes Walla Walla Vineyards: The most feared grapevine pest phylloxera has been found for the first time in Washington's Walla Walla Valley. "It's here for sure, just like it's probably throughout the state," Walla Walla Valley Wine Alliance executive director Robert Hansen told Wine-Searcher...

Afternoon Brief, August 6

US Remains ‘Most Attractive’ Wine Market, According to New Report: The US has again topped the list as the most attractive wine market in the world, though the sustained volume growth of the past decade has largely subsided, according to Wine Intelligences Global Compass 2019 report...

Afternoon Brief, June 13

Republic National Distributing Company and Young’s Market Company Announce Expanded Partnership: Republic National Distributing Company and Young's Market Company today announced a definitive agreement to partner in all markets in which Young's currently operates. The joint venture partnership expands upon Young's and RNDC's existing partnership in Arizona...

Afternoon Brief, June 12

Wine Industry Grapples with Challenges: While California's Silicon Valley Bank doesn't sell or distribute wine, they do offer financial services to winery clients and vineyard operators, so they keep a close eye on the status and health of winemaking...

Afternoon Brief, May 21

E & J Gallo-Constellation Transaction May Not Close Until Second Half: The $1.7 billion deal between Constellation Brands and E&J Gallo Winery may not be completed until the second half of calendar year 2019 instead of by the end of May, according to regulatory documents...

Afternoon Brief, November 26

A New Era for U.S. Wine-Labeling Laws: Recent disputes find winemakers and legislators reconsidering America's laissez-faire attitude toward veracity in wine labeling...

Afternoon Brief, April 24

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: Napa County Winegrape Value Hits Record $750M with Big Cabernet Sauvignon Jump Napa County's winegrape harvest last year...

Afternoon Brief, December 19

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: Thomas Fire Threatens Santa Barbara Wine Country The Thomas Fire, which narrowly missed Ojai vineyards and wineries last...

Afternoon Brief, March 31

Farmland Values in the Central San Joaquin Decline in 2016 as Crop Prices Tumble The value of farmland in the central San Joaquin Valley cooled for some crops as prices for several high-flying commodities softened and access to water remained a concern, according to the Trends in Agricultural Land & Lease Values report released Thursday...

Afternoon Brief, November 17

Treasury Wine Estates Complaint to Tmall Over 'Fake' Penfolds: Just a week since Tmall wrapped up the much-anticipated Singles Day online festival that brought in about US$18 billion for Alibaba, and the online retailer has received an official complaint from Treasury Wine Estates...

Afternoon Brief, February 9

Will Marijuana Be the Next Great Wine Industry Disrupter? The biggest disruption to the American wine industry was Prohibition, which shut down some eighty percent of existing wineries in the period 1920-33...

Afternoon Brief, January 7

Wine Personality and TV Star Leslie Sbrocco Opening Night Keynote Speaker at USbevX: Sbrocco will que up the conference with her renowned panache for fun and engaging facts, addressing an industry manifesting unheralded success fueled by an explosion of new brands, new business models and new producers...

Afternoon Brief, September 11

When Millennials Go Legal, Wine Is the Choice: With a growing number of millennials reaching the legal drinking age, many are adopting wine as their go-to drink...