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Afternoon Brief, November 5

E&J Gallo Continues Its Push on Premium: Kozel's focus, who joined Gallo 18 years ago, continues to be the company's push on premium, which has seen it gradually move beyond big volume sub $10 wines to more premium, boutique labels, such as Orin Swift, J Vineyards and Talbott ...

Afternoon Brief, November 2

Napa County Formulating New Rules for Winery Rule-Breakers: Once again, Napa County is poised to further deal with wineries that make too much wine, have too many visitors or otherwise break rules set out in their permits...

Afternoon Brief, October 22

The Wine Group Announces Acquisition of 7 Deadly Brand: The Wine Group announced today that it has purchased the 7 Deadly brand, the #1 Zinfandel brand in the U.S., from Michael David Winery. First released in 2002, 7 Deadlys lead SKU, 7 Deadly Zins, has been the #1 Zinfandel in America since 2015...

Afternoon Brief, August 23

Sonoma Brands Invests in Vintage Wine Estates: Vintage Wine Estates, a fast-growing Santa Rosa based vertically integrated wine company with a portfolio inclusive of iconic national and international brands, announced today a new investment partner in Sonoma Brands ...

Afternoon Brief, August 22

Napa Wine M&A Market Remains 'Robust' Despite Rising Vineyard, Grape Prices: Vineyard values and grape prices continue to hit new highs in Napa County, but the ongoing thirst for prime wines from the region continues to propel acquisitions of brands and properties that can put the Napa name on the bottle ...

Afternoon Brief, August 21

California Gold Goes Global: According to Liv-ex, the wider world is waking up to California ...

Afternoon Brief, July 12

Napa County Superior Court will consider whether Bremer Family Winery is a recalcitrant, rule-breaking rogue winery or the victim of a bad rap...

Afternoon Brief, July 10

Does Napa Valley have too much Cabernet? The question informed most of last month's Vineyard Economics Symposium...

Afternoon Brief, March 3

Wine and Marijuana Cause Problems for Beer Industry: Wine and marijuana are cutting into craft beer's buzz, as growth in each of those segments took some use occasions away from a craft category that slowed to single-digit growth in 2016...

Afternoon Brief, February 28

Pending Legislation Threatens to Close as Many as 25 Maryland Wineries: The Maryland Wineries Association has been scrambling for the past couple weeks to have a proposed bill rewritten to prevent as many as one-third of its wineries from being closed immediately...

Afternoon Brief, February 27

Another Outstanding Napa Valley Vintage Inspires Feverish Bidding at Premiere Napa Valley: Wines from the high quality but low yielding 2015 harvest took center stage at today's 21st annual Premiere Napa Valley barrel tasting and futures auction, hosted by the Napa Valley Vintners nonprofit association...

Afternoon Brief, February 20

How Costco's Wine Guru Picks the 250 Labels That Will Sell $4 Billion a Year in Booze: There are almost 10,000 wineries in the United States alone, and there are 500 Costco warehouse stores in North America, with 49 million members and well over $100 billion a year in sales...

Afternoon Brief, February 16

Powerful Friday Storm in Southern California; Warm & Wet Atmospheric River to Affect Oroville Dam Watershed Monday: California is currently experiencing one of its wettest winters on record. Precipitation has been especially remarkable across the Northern Sierra watersheds, where liquid equivalent (rain+melted snow) is presently above 200% of average...

Afternoon Brief, February 13

Napa, Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon Winegrape Pricing Pushes North Coast to New Record: While North Coast winegrape tonnage last year came in slightly below average, the value of the regions 2016 crop hit a new record of $1.45 billion, getting a big boost from double-digit price increases in cabernet sauvignon grapes from Napa and Sonoma counties, according to figures released Friday...

Afternoon Brief, February 6

Beer Is the Drink of Choice Among Americans, with Wine Moving Up in the Ranks: Beer had edged out wine as US adults (21 years and older) drink of choice, according to a survey by The Harris Poll that included responses from 2,148 people in late January 2017...