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Afternoon Brief, February 28

The Changing Face of Luxury Wine: Given current economic conditions, the high rollers seem to keep wining across the globe. Given the ever-higher stakes for luxury products across the world, there continues to be greater interest in luxury wines across all price points. However, surprisingly, there is still very little ...

Afternoon Brief, February 1

Malibu Winery Sues Electricity Company After Fire: Cielo Farms winery, along with multiple homeowners, filed a suit at the Los Angeles Superior Court on Tuesday (29 January), blaming Southern California Edison (SCE) for the losses caused by the Woolsey Fire ...

Afternoon Brief, December 10

A 31% Increase in Number of California Wineries Makes Financial Success That Much Harder: The global investment firm Rabobank November 2018 Wine Quarterly included a few important takeaways from the Wine Industry Financial Symposium held this autumn in Napa, California. In its introduction to the report, the bank got my attention with this about California: "Wineries of all sizes need to find new owners."

Afternoon Brief, October 23

Constellation Brands Rumored to Be Selling Off U.S. Wine Brands: As reported by Reuters, "four people familiar with the matter" revealed that the drinks company was considering selling off U.S. wine brands including Clos du Bois, Mark West, Arbor Mist and Cooks...

Afternoon Brief: September 26

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: Napa's Bremer Case May Have Larger Winery Visitation Implications Napa Countys court case against Bremer Family Winery east...

Afternoon Brief, September 7

Why the Tasting Room Is Dead: Californias traditional tasting rooms are pivoting to more maker spaces, nature immersions and places for all-day casual hangs ...

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 17

Locals Continue to Clash with Sonoma Wineries: While many wine country regions have welcomed revenue from new businesses, the somewhat-still-rural hamlet of Sonoma County clearly has conflicted sentiments...

Afternoon Brief: August 16

U.S. Wine Sales up Despite Import Competition: Steady growth in U.S. wine sales continued through July, traditionally a slower season for purchases and direct-to-consumer shipments...

Afternoon Brief, May 11

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: Stagecoach Vineyard Seller Buys Napa Winery The family who sold the 600-acre Stagecoach Vineyard in Napa Valley to...

Afternoon Brief, March 17

Proposed Rule for Pesticide Spraying Near Schools Revised by California Agency: The state Department of Pesticide Regulation on Thursday issued a revised proposed regulation on spraying pesticides near schools, changing an earlier version to provide farmers more leeway in reporting the spraying to school officials...

Afternoon Brief, March 14

Jackson Building a New Winery in Oregon: Jackson Family Wines is building a new winery in Oregon from scratch to help cope with its substantially increased vineyard holdings in the state...

Afternoon Brief, March 13

Does Napa Have too Much Cab?: Does Napa Valley have too much Cabernet? And does it charge too much for it? These questions were not on the agenda, but unexpectedly popped up this week at a Napa Valley Grapegrowers' conference...

Afternoon Brief, March 10

Mercer Canyons Agrees to Pay $1.2 Million to Former Workers: A Klickitat County farm has agreed to pay up to $1.2 million to settle a class-action lawsuit involving more than 600 farmworkers.U.S. District Judge Stanley A. Bastian has given initial approval to the settlement, which will now be sent to former workers via mail and radio ads...

Afternoon Brief, March 6

Wine Distribution Alternatives Won't Produce Tears for the Three Tier System: According to a Wines & Vines article, in 1995 the number of alcohol distributors in the U.S. was greater than the number of wineries: 3,000 to 1,800. That kind of competitive choice must have been really good for wineries, but a lot of wine must also have been imported...