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Afternoon Brief, October 22

What to Expect When Cal Expo Hosts the Unified Wine & Grape Symposium for 2020 - With the move to the Cal Expo for the 2020 Unified Wine & Grape Symposium (UW&GS), both attendees and exhibitors might have questions about what to expect. What will be different, how does the facility impact how the trade show is presented, and are there changes to the programming? What is the situation with lodging and transportation ...

Afternoon Brief, October 9

Sonoma County Wineries Continue the Grape Harvest Using Backup Power: Regional wineries have ramped up emergency plans for PG&E's scheduled power outage Wednesday by securing generators and electricians so they will be able to continue with the annual grape harvest that still has about a month remaining ...

Afternoon Brief, September 26

How Cameron Hughes Plays the Allocation Shuffle with California's Wine Glut - The last time I interviewed Cameron Hughes, CEO of the giant wine distributor under his name, he told me about how some of most illustrious cult wines of California, whose bottlings win 95-point ratings from the wine media and sell for hundreds of dollars ...

Afternoon Brief, August 14

Consumer Insights Show Cannabis’ Impact on Wine While the 3rd Annual Wine & Weed Symposium offered ideas to both camps on how to work together, utilizing marketing strategies, and integrating more women into the ranks, the critical piece of information that many in the audience were waiting for was presented during Jessica Lukas session, The Cannabis Impact on Wine ...

Afternoon Brief, August 1

How Napa County Seeks to Streamline the Winery Permit Process - Recently, local members of the wine industry in Napa County have been actively engaged with county government in discussions regarding ways to streamline the winery use permit process. Frustrated with the cost and lengthy time frames associated with the current process, local vintners have been ...

Afternoon Brief, July 31

Sonoma Wine Auction Co-Chairs Gina Gallo and Chris Jackson Spill the Beans: As we eagerly anticipate the 2019 Sonoma Wine Auction, to be held September 1921, we thought it would be illuminating to learn a little more about this year’s co-chairs, Gina Gallo and Chris Jackson, who happen to be from two of the most influential, long term Sonoma wine families ...

Afternoon Brief, June 3

Smoke Taint Reemerges as Big Threat for North Coast Wine Industry: The endless barrage of wildfires throughout California is beginning to take a toll on the wine industry, specifically with grapes being tainted by smoke...

Wineries Struggle with ADA Website Compliance in Wake of New York...

Lack of Clarification from Federal Government Creates Confusion. 26 wineries from Long Island and the Hudson Valley were named in a class action lawsuit.

Afternoon Brief, April 26

‘End of an Era’: Sonoma’s Ravenswood Tasting Room to Close: Longtime winemaker and founder of Ravenswood Winery Joel Peterson was packing up his office at Ravenswood when reached by phone on Thursday. He confirmed that rumors were true - the winerys Gehricke Road tasting room would be closing its doors next month after almost 30 years ...

Afternoon Brief, April 15

The Best AVA Not on the Label: If you want some great Syrah, I'm going to tell you about a place that grows it. The wines are fascinating - complex and not fruit-driven - and a true product of their unique terroir. But the region might break the American Viticultural Area system...

Afternoon Brief, March 22

Napa and Sonoma Bottles Rise to the Top of American Wine Lists. Again.: We love to ride a new wave, set a trend, be the vanguard. Headlines scream about the decline of last years fad and the rise of this years hot new thing. Yet if we take a broader perspective and look at something over a longer time, continuity may be more apparent ...

Afternoon Brief, January 22

Supreme Court's Wine-Regulation Case Focuses on Protectionism:

Afternoon Brief, December 18

Behind Wine Brand Kendall-Jackson’s Growing Direct-to-Consumer Strategy: Thirty-six-year-old family winery Kendall-Jackson has been selling select wines online at KJ.com since 2004. But with new attribution tools available, it has only recently begun to see a return-on-investment from selling direct-to-consumer ...

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, 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...