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Afternoon Brief, April 30

Millions In USDA Export Funds Now Available To Ag/Wine Trade Associations: In Fiscal Year 2015 the USDA's Market Access Program awarded more than $173 million to 62 American agricultural trade associations for export trade activities. This includes the Wine Institute which received more than $7 million...

Returned Ballots Presently 15% Short of Threshold for Validation Growers...

Sacramento, CALIF, April 30, 2015…. Over 1,000 outstanding ballots need to be returned by May 11 in order to validate the vote on continuing...

Afternoon Brief, April 13

Yellow Tail and Constellation off to Kangaroo Court: Aussie vintners hope a Canadian wine company will roo the day it allegedly used a logo featuring Australia's favourite marsupial...

Wine and Growers Organizations Across the State Line Up in Support...

Sacramento, Calif., April 2, 2015 – The list of winegrape grower and vintner groups urging a ‘YES’ vote on the   Pierce’s Disease/Glassy-Winged Sharpshooter (PD/GWSS)...

Afternoon Brief, March 6

Marin officials find Glassy-Winged Sharpshooter in nursery shipment: An official with the Marin County Department of Agriculture found a glassy-winged sharpshooter last Thursday while inspecting a shipment from a nursery in Ventura County, according to county officials...

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...

PD Referendum Website Launched to Help Inform Winegrape Grower/Vintner Community

Sacramento, Calif., March 2, 2015 – Winegrape growers and vintners anxious to better understand why their “yes” votes are needed for the upcoming Pierce’s...

Afternoon Brief, February 2

Wine market expects rise in premium brand sales despite decrease in wine consumption last year: Despite an overall decrease in wine sales last year, the global wine market is expected to grow in both revenue and sales over the next five years. Constellation Brands, one of the leaders in the alcoholic beverages industry, has seen share prices become expensive despite growth from its beer and spirits segment...

CDFA Announces Dates for PD/GWSS Winegrape Grower Referendum

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) has announced important dates for this year’s vote on the continuation of the statewide Pierce’s Disease and Glassy-Winged Sharpshooter (PD/GWSS) winegrape assessment.

Afternoon Brief, December 22

Treasury Wine Estates lawsuit an 'abuse of process': Melbourne solicitor Mark Elliott has vowed to press on with a class action against Treasury Wine Estates despite being told by Victoria's highest court that the lawsuit is a clear abuse of process...

PD/GWSS Research Symposium Brings Researchers from Around the World Together in...

Sacramento, Calif. — December 22, 2014 – Nearly 100 people from around the world convened in Sacramento last week for the 13th Pierce’s Disease...

Afternoon Brief, December 18

Scarcity Sends California Vineyard Prices Soaring: A local real estate expert says the price per acre in Napa could reach Burgundy levels within a generation. Napa Valley will see vineyards sell for $1 million per acre in the next 30 years, a local expert predicts...

Afternoon Brief, December 15

Wine Country vintners turn to truffles: On the edge of his Sonoma vineyard aptly named Scintilla, vintner Robert Sinskey has yanked out grapevines to make room for a few hundred oak and filbert trees. Its all part of a daring venture that may come to fruition or folly as early as next winter...

Afternoon Brief July 14

Direct to Consumer Sales Fails to Lift the Wine Industry: The DTC movement is a wonderful idea, and there is no doubt that as regulations soften and technological efficiencies prevail, it will be a sustainable revenue stream going forward. That day is not today...