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Afternoon Brief, October 11

PG&E CEO Apologizes After Employees Went Wine Tasting Just Before California Blackouts: 'Insensitive, Inappropriate, Tone Deaf': The CEO of PG&E has apologized after it was revealed several of its employees mingled with some of its top customers at a wine tasting event paid for by the company while hundreds of thousands of people in California were facing an unprecedented power outage ...

Afternoon Brief, September 27

Police Dismantle Grape Harvest Human Trafficking Ring: In a joint operation on 17 September, over 80 law enforcers from both Bulgaria and France helped to raid an organised crime group involved in labour exploitation and money laundering. The group recruited workers from Bulgaria for the harvest season in France ...

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, September 24

For California Wineries During Harvest, PG&E Power Outages Could Be Disastrous - Jon Phillips, a Santa Rosa winemaker, walked into his local hardware store in search of a generator only to learn another customer had walked out with the last one ...

Afternoon Brief, September 20

North Coast Grape Growers Fear Tons of Fruit Will Be Left on the Vine Unsold: As he hustled around a flatbed trailer parked along the road earlier this week, Will Ivancovich was abuzz during the first day of grape picking for this years harvest at his Kenwood vineyard. Clad in a white fedora hat and with an unlit cigar dangling from his mouth, the 71-year-old Ivancovich easily kept up with the workers decades younger...

Afternoon Brief, September 19

Napa Planning Commission Asks for More Time to Study Bremer Winery Compliance: Bremer Family Winery, which has been a focus of thorny county code and permit controversies, ran into a delay as it works to come into compliance. The winery recently settled with Napa County over a lawsuit in which the county alleged a variety of illegalities, which the Bremers contested...

Afternoon Brief, August 28

Wine Targeted by Instagram Money Grab: In recent weeks, social media companies, brands, influencers and even legislators have been feverishly debating what changes are being openly made, secretly made and should possibly be made in the future on the platforms we all love to hate and hate to love. There are, of course, billions of dollars at stake for everyone involved...

Afternoon Brief, August 27

Wineries Share Their Point-of-Sale System Priorities and Experiences - Point-of-Sale systems in wineries seem to be a love-hate relationship many times the hate overcoming the love as the frustrations of adapting to changing and challenging environments puts a strain on winery personnel and the electronic retail and data system that supports their efforts ...

Afternoon Brief, August 19

Amazon Above the Law in California: Amazon is openly flouting California liquor law. In February, Amazon, doing business as Prime Now, was issued a liquor license to open a liquor store in Los Angeles. California requires businesses that offer alcohol for home delivery to have a brick-and-mortar store...

Afternoon Brief, July 29

Wine in Cans Could Be 10% of Category Says Free Flow Wines: Free Flow Wines are betting big on the continued growth of alternative sustainable wine packaging with an investment of around $10 million in a new state-of the-art 58,000 square foot facility in Sonoma. The facility is designed from the ground up to support Free Flow Wines projected growth of both their kegging and canning business ...

Afternoon Brief, June 20

How Nomadic Winemakers Are Fueling Creativity Through Independence: If you ask Oregon winemaker Seth Morgen Long what his plans are for his young eponymous Chardonnay-only label, hell tell you his focus is on understanding the regions vineyards ...

Afternoon Brief, June 17

Wine Consumption Probably Won't Return to "Normal": We work in the most interesting and wonderful industry on earth. Two things I love about the industry are the infinite palate of interesting souls and the sheer volume of optimists within it ...

Afternoon Brief, May 29

Fire, Smoke Damages Windsor Winery Warehouse, 300 Barrels of Wine: Fire Tuesday night sparked by staining rags badly damaged a Windsor winery warehouse and some 300 barrels of wine, according to a Sonoma County Fire District official. The Hillview Road fire at Notre Vue Estate Winery and Vineyard...

Afternoon Brief, May 3

Iconic Wine Sustainability Innovator Challenges Peers: Each year at the Sonoma County Barrel Auction, the Sonoma County Vintners have recognized local wine industry icons who have shaped the heritage and history of Sonoma County winemaking. This year, they are also celebrating innovators who help propel the Sonoma County wine community forward...

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 ...