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Afternoon Brief, July 30

The Winery Wedding Industrial Complex Doesn’t Care if You Have Objections: The greatest bartending move of all time is reported in the New Testament. In the Gospel of John (2:1-11), Jesus is at a party in Cana, chilling with his disciples, when his mother tells him they’ve run out of wine. Lo and behold, he turns their water into wine ...

Afternoon Brief, February 12

Napa County, Bremer Family Winery Reach Lawsuit Settlement: Napa County and Bremer Family Winery settled a lawsuit brought by the county against the winery over alleged permit and code violations, ending a dispute that called into question how the county interprets older use permits...

Afternoon Brief, January 16

Millennials Still Missing as Fine-Wine Core Consumers, Says Silicon Valley Bank Report: Sales growth for U.S. wine is expected to remain in positive territory this year - better, for premium producers - but the industry needs to revamp its appeal to the next generations of core consumers else lose share of wallet to competing beverages and imported wines, according to a closely watched industry report released Wednesday evening...

Afternoon Brief, January 11

Napa County Hits The Prisoner Winery with Code Violation Notice: Napa County has told the new The Prisoner winery to stop selling art, stop selling jellies and jams and stop offering food services that the county says are comparable to those found at a restaurant or café...

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 6

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: Four Ways to Make 2018 Better Than 2017 with Planning and Selling Calendar says early December. Calendar says...

Afternoon Brief, September 26

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: Opus One Winery Fined for Accidental Grape Waste Discharge Opus One Winery has agreed to pay nearly $12,000...

North Carolina Wine In Pursuit of Excellence

Blame it on the scuppernong. A variety of the Muscadine, it’s not only the official fruit of North Carolina but the first grape cultivated in the United States. Indeed, the Mothervine in Manteo on Roanoke Island, a nearly 500-year-old scuppernong vine, is the oldest-known cultivated grapevine in the nation. No state makes more Muscadine, a unique and often sweet wine.

Afternoon Brief, September 11

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: Torrid Temperatures Shrivel California Wine Grapes to Raisins Humans weren't the only ones caught off guard and uncomfortable...

Afternoon Brief, February 1

The 9 Top Trends in Wine Consumption to Watch Right Now: For wine industry sleuths, observing and analyzing wine lifestyle behavior in America was once an easier exercise. Twenty years ago, baby boomers consistently defaulted to aspirational environments, seeking white tablecloth restaurants and classified-growth Bordeaux pours as the height of wine enjoyment...

Afternoon Brief, November 30

Vivino Announces Year’s Best Consumer Rated Wines: Vivino, the worlds most downloaded wine app and largest community of wine drinkers, today announced Vivinos 2017 Wine Style Award winners...

Afternoon Brief, September 17

Smaller Producers Enjoy Significant Growth in U.S. Alcoholic Beverage Market: A just-released report analyzing the U.S. market for alcoholic beverages shows a notable lack of growth for the top producers, at least for wine and beer, while smaller companies enjoyed a fairly significant uptick in shipments...

Afternoon Brief, August 10

The world's priciest wine is...France's famous Burgundy region has a double reason to celebrate, with a rare vintage from the area emerging as the world's most expensive wine just after the region was named a UN world heritage site

Afternoon Brief, August 7

Riedel Legal Threat to Hosemaster No Laughing Matter: Feeling safely protected by US libel law, Ron Washam has insulted people in the wine industry for years on his Hosemaster of Wine blog

Afternoon Brief, March 2

Spadarotto named Coppola successor CEO: Steven Spadarotto moved from the helm of a major Napa Valley winery to became co-CEO of filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola's resort, dining and most of his wine businesses...
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