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Afternoon Brief, July 25

Foley Family Wines of Santa Rosa President Hugh Reimers Abruptly Leaves Company: Hugh Reimers, a hard-charging Australian wine executive, abruptly left his position this week as president of Foley Family Wines of Santa Rosa less than two years after being hired to bolster the company's position in the marketplace...

Afternoon Brief, April 29

Turning a Critical Eye on Wine Critics: One of the frequent digs made in the Cabernet-infused cock pit of the bad old days (the Robert Parker bulletin board in the mid-noughties) was that, while the likes of Decanter magazine and certain wine competitions were all very well, their group tasting approach could smother the individual greatness of certain wines and the individual insights that came with the lone star approach...

Afternoon Brief, February 20

An Entire California Wine Appellation Is on the Market for $3.3 Million: You may have dreamed of owning your own vineyard. Well, here's a chance to own an entire wine appellation...

Nielsen and ShipCompliant Reports Confirm Exceptional Consumer Demand for Oregon Wine...

Oregon wine sales grew 12.4% in 2018, revealing a trajectory eight times the growth of wine nationally PORTLAND, February 5, 2019 – Today the Oregon...

Domestic Rosé Gaining Market Share from French

The rosé trend still shows no sign of slowing with its third consecutive year with over fifty percent growth. According to Nielsen retail outlet data the rosé category grew 64% over the last twelve months, but unlike a year ago domestic rosé is now outpacing imports growing at 112% compared to 42.8% growth for French rosés. This marks a significant turnaround from a year ago when domestic producers were trailing overall category growth. However, French rosés continue to hold the dominant market share with 60% of the rosé category measured by dollar value.

Afternoon Brief, March 23

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: Wine Industry Under Attack in Napa To the outside, the escalation of the argument between the proponents of...

French Wine Capitalizing on U.S. Drinking Trends

Major trends in the U.S. wine market including premiumization, sparkling wine, and rosé play to the strengths of French wine leading to a 14.2%...

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 7

Wine Market Council and Nielsen Explore Industry Trends: A members-only meeting held Friday by the Wine Market Council and Nielsen at Napa's Culinary Institute of America at Copia provoked a lively discussion of consumer trends in the American wine industry...

Afternoon Brief, October 21

Napa Winery Tied to Dahl Murder-Suicide Tragedy Seeks Rebirth: A winery property is being reborn after hitting a tragic snag when former tenant Robert Dahl was involved in a 2015 murder-suicide case that drew nationwide attention...

Afternoon Brief, October 19

Charles Smith Reshapes Washington Wine Industry: When Charles Smith makes a move, the earth moves. On Monday, a big "crack" was heard throughout the Washington wine industry when it was announced that Smith had sold his eponymous wine brand to mega-giant Constellation Brands for a reported $120 million...

Wine Premiumization Trend Builds Through Thanksgiving

The latest off-premise report from Nielsen indicates that the premium wine segment continues to perform well with consumers trading up for the holidays compared...

Afternoon Brief, December 18

Wine Institute Commends Passage of Omnibus Bill: COOL Repeal and TTB Funding Increase Will Benefit Wineries: Wine Institute applauds congressional passage of the Omnibus funding bill which includes two critical provisions benefiting U.S. wine producers...

Cabernet Outgrows Chardonnay Off-Premise Sales in Long Term Projection

Over the last year the volume of Cabernet Sauvignon sold off-premise grew 4.8% compared to a 0.7% growth for Chardonnay, which has been the...

Afternoon Brief, February 10

The Preliminary California Grape Crush Report released today reveals the 2014 winegrape crush was down 7.9% to 3,910,178 from the 2013 record high winegrape crush of 4,245,852 tons...