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Afternoon Brief, January 21

US Government Shutdown Hits Wine Hard: The longest partial government shutdown in US history is a buzz-kill. And not just for the hundreds of thousands of federal workers who are missing their paychecks, but for the wine industry, which depends on a network of government entities to approve labels, imports and perform lab analysis...

Afternoon Brief, November 14

Are Napa Valley Growers Smart to Rely so Heavily on Cabernet Sauvignon? : A panel of grape growing pundits held court last week during the Napa Valley Grapegrowers Rootstock trade show on the wisdom of relying so heavily on Cabernet Sauvignon...

Afternoon Brief, October 15

Wine Supply Is Hitting a Tipping Point: I've been pointing out the slowdown in the growth rate of consumer demand by volume for some time now. We are still growing, but the growth rate is slowing, particularly when looking at volume...

Afternoon Brief, September 21

A Clash Between Cotton and Cabernet? : The Texas High Plains has the potential to be a grape grower's paradise. This plateau near the New Mexico border is now home to nearly 5,000 acres planted to wine grapes...

Afternoon Brief, September 20

Large Wineries Are Rejecting Smoke Exposed Lake and Mendocino County Grapes: Large wineries, most notably Constellation Brands and Treasury Wine Estates, are now exercising the option to skip a vintage with many growers. They've been rejecting a significant share of the wine grapes they source from...

Afternoon Brief, September 13

Making the Most of Dwindling Customer Engagement Opportunities: The biggest difference between tasting rooms and wine clubs that perform beyond expectation and those that don't, is an organizational commitment to employee training, according to the 2017 VinQuest direct to consumer benchmark report...

Afternoon Brief, July 30

Carriers Trashing Wine Shipments Some shipments of wine from New York are being confiscated and destroyed...

Afternoon Brief, June 20

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: Should Wineries Acquire Vineyards Instead of Buying Fruit on the Open Market? Should wineries acquire vineyards instead of...

Afternoon Brief, May 29

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: Close Calls as 44 Best of Class Wines Clash in Dan Berger’s International Wine Competition Sweepstakes As we...

Afternoon Brief, September 14

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: Silver Oak Owners Buy Oregon Vineyard from Dick Erath The family behind Napa Valley's Silver Oak is the...

Afternoon Brief, September 13

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: Napa Supervisors Agree on New Winery Rule-Breaker Policies Napa County supervisors are almost finished sharpening rules to deal...

Afternoon Brief, August 14

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: DNA Maps Consumers' Route to Good Wine Choices The wine purchase decision is a confusing, anxious moment for...

Afternoon Brief, August 8

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: 'Sessionable' Wine Will Help Boost U.S. Wine Sales, Producers Claim Stephanie Gallo, vice president of marketing at E&J...

Afternoon Brief, May 12

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: Wine Industry Daughters Celebrate Their Mothers The wine industry has traditionally been a male-dominated industry that has followed...

Afternoon Brief, February 1

The 9 Top Trends in Wine Consumption to Watch Right Now: For wine industry sleuths, observing and analyzing wine lifestyle behavior in America was once an easier exercise. Twenty years ago, baby boomers consistently defaulted to aspirational environments, seeking white tablecloth restaurants and classified-growth Bordeaux pours as the height of wine enjoyment...