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Afternoon Brief, December 11

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Holiday Horror Stories from the Land of Retail: When trouble strikes in retail, it's often during the holidays. The two-week period around Christmas and New Year's Eve is the biggest time of year for wine sales in the U.S...

Afternoon Brief, December 7

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Gloomy Outlook for Smaller Wineries: Wine consumption in the US is leveling off, but wine prices continue to rise. Total visits to wineries dropped after California's wildfires and that part of the tourist industry hasn't recovered. Plus, a recession is looming ...

Afternoon Brief, November 15

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Smokey Summers a Winner for Wine Critics: California's ongoing worst wildfires ever will not affect the 2018 vintage, which is now in tanks and barrels. In fact, California's wines are better off than its people, as the inside of a stainless-steel tank might be the only place in the Golden State where you could breathe easily right now...

Afternoon Brief, November 13

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Malibu Coast AVA Devastated by Woolsley Fire – Some Structures Saved by Vines: Vineyards and wineries in the Malibu Coast AVA have been heavily damaged or destroyed by the still-raging Woolsey fire in the coastal hills west of Los Angeles...

Afternoon Brief, November 7

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Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: John Fetzer Sells Mendocino’s Saracina Vineyards to the Taub Family’s Heritance Vintners The Taub family, owners of Palm...

Afternoon Brief, November 5

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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, October 18

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Constellation Brands Names Bill Newlands Next CEO: Constellation Brands, Inc., a leading beverage alcohol company, today announced Bill Newlands will assume the role of president and chief executive officer (CEO), succeeding current CEO Rob Sands, on March 1, 2019...

Afternoon Brief, October 8

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Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: Wine & Spirits Magazine's Top 100 2018 Congratulations to wine & spirits' 2018 top 100 wineries ... Today's News: New...

Afternoon Brief, August 29

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 Grape Shortage Exacerbated as Growing Demand Collides with Bad Weather and Pests in the Mid-Atlantic: Kevin Atticks, the longtime executive director of the Maryland Wineries Association, has seen a rapid growth of wineries in his state and others around it the last 10 years. It’s a business model that continues to outpace vineyards, which cover 800 acres across Maryland with another 100 new acres not yet producing...

Afternoon Brief, August 27

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Expanded 2018 WIN Expo Conference Stacked with Wine Business Experts: The 7th annual North Coast Wine Industry Expo (WIN Expo), the second largest wine industry trade show in North America, has bolstered the conference portion of its program this year to address the increasing complexity of issues facing the wine industry...

Afternoon Brief, August 20

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The Great Wine Industry Shake-Up: Intensifying climate change, consolidation and real estate prices will all lead to increasingly shrewd business deals ...

Afternoon Brief, August 3

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California Wine Country Bracing for Fire Season As Mendocino Complex fires spread to Lake County, vintners are on high alert...

Afternoon Brief, July 19

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Fukushima’s Nuclear Signature Found in California Wine The Japanese nuclear disaster bathed north America in a radioactive cloud. Now pharmacologists have found the telltale signature in California wine made at the time...

Afternoon Brief, June 27

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E. & J. Gallo Buys Star Winemaker Dave Phinney’s Locations Wine Brand Two years after acquiring Orin Swift Cellars, E. & J. Gallo announced today that it has purchased another of star winemaker Dave Phinney's brands, Locations...

Afternoon Brief, June 21

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Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: Is Originality Overpriced When It Comes to Wine? Replica Wine, a Colorado company, is reverse-engineering famous wines to...