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Afternoon Brief, December 11

True Consumer Choice Beginning to Impact Alcoholic Beverage Industry: Cheryl Durzy, CEO and founder of Liberation Distribution (LibDib), thinks the time for real consumer choice in the alcoholic beverage industry is about to dawn as consumer behavior, retailer services, and increased 3-tier access trends converge. For wineries this presents an opportunity, but is no slam dunk...

Afternoon Brief, December 11

Is the Napa Valley Vine Trail Compatible with Growing Grapes? Whether the Napa Valley Vine Trail and farming are a good mix is a new question facing the county Board of Supervisors...

Afternoon Brief, November 5

Diageo Sells More Wine Assets and Agrees Argentinian Spirits Partnership: Diageo has sold off more of its wine assets for an amount described as "not material" after deciding earlier this year that wine was "no longer core"...

Afternoon Brief, October 5

Technology Used to Fight Back Against Fakes: Counterfeit wines and spirits are big business from Glasgow to Guangdong, and the fakers are not just targeting premium brands such as top of the range Cognacs and rare vintages of first growth clarets commodity wines such as Jacob's Creek and Blossom Hill have been counterfeited...

Afternoon Brief, April 6

Can Music Change the Way Your Wine Tastes? Several studies produced over the past couple of decades demonstrate how music can influence the wines people buy, and even how a wine's taste is perceived...

Afternoon Brief, February 16

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief Trending Story: Single vineyards will define Napa’s future The Napa Valley will increasingly be defined less by broader appellations and more by...

Afternoon Brief, January 26

Sonoma County to be official 2016 Super Bowl wine: Sonoma County wine producers will be the official suppliers for Super Bowl 50 in the Bay Area 2016, it was announced Friday at an annual gathering of the county's tourism and wine industry boosters...

Afternoon Brief, January 22

Wine Industry Advisor had an informal chat with Carolyn Stark to learn more about who she is and what perspective she brings to Sonoma County Vintners...

Afternoon Brief, January 19

The growth of premium wines is being restricted by major grocers and tough economic conditions, despite more adventurous consumers seeking them out...

Afternoon Brief, January 16

Wine Anarchy on French TV Talk Show: A televised discussion about the Charlie Hebdo attacks risks censure by flouting a French law banning wine on TV... A televised discussion about the Charlie Hebdo attacks risks censure by flouting a French law banning wine on TV...

Afternoon Brief, January 12

Sonoma and Napa counties grapple with winery outreach directly to consumers: Sixty percent of wineries in the unincorporated areas of Sonoma County have tasting rooms, compared with 90 percent in Napa County, according to planning officials who have been analyzing winery use permit activity recently and trends in response to a growing number of applications for more direct-to-consumer marketing and hospitality activities where the wine is made...

Afternoon Brief, January 6

John Pedroncelli, a second-generation vintner who was instrumental in building Sonoma County's wine industry, particularly in the Dry Creek Valley that he called home for almost all of his life, died Sunday at home after a monthslong battle with cancer...

Afternoon Brief, November 5

New research predicts California droughts will worsen: Future droughts in California are likely to bite deeper and last longer than the one now gripping the state, according to new research into the potential effects of climate change...

Afternoon Brief, November 3

Wine Spectator to Unveil Top 100 Wines of 2014: After tasting more than 18,000 wines from vineyards around the globe, the editors at Wine Spectator are set to release their much-anticipated list of the Top 100 Wines of 2014...

Afternoon Brief, October 30

World Champion San Francisco Giants Take the 2014 World Series, Celebrate With Mumm Napa Sparkling Wine: The San Francisco Giants have won the 110th World Series and once again have celebrated in the club house with Mumm Napa as they did during the 2010 and 2012 World Series Championships...