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Afternoon Brief, February 18

What's in a Name? AVA Overload: In a market jammed with producers desperate to stay (or become) relevant, winemakers are turning to the government in a desperate bid for desirability. Winemakers in the US and elsewhere are lining up to get the region in which they grow their grapes officially recognized...

Afternoon Brief, November 1

Joe Wagner Responds to Copper Cane Controversy: Copper Cane founder Joe Wagner has largely stayed quiet and out of the press as controversy swirls around his using of Oregon place names on his wines. In early October, he agreed to a lengthy phone interview with Oregon Wine Press; what follows are excerpts from that conversation...

Afternoon Brief, October 23

Constellation Brands Rumored to Be Selling Off U.S. Wine Brands: As reported by Reuters, "four people familiar with the matter" revealed that the drinks company was considering selling off U.S. wine brands including Clos du Bois, Mark West, Arbor Mist and Cooks...

Introducing Humo Blanco Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir from Lolol Valley

Winesellers, Ltd., a globally – recognized importer and marketer of fine wines is pleased to introduce Humo Blanco Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir, produced...

Afternoon Brief, October 2

California Winery Blames 'Smoke Taint' from Wildfires in Canceling Rogue Valley Grape Contracts: Dozens of vineyard owners in Southern Oregon's Rogue Valley region opened their mail on Sept. 22 to discover a notice from California-based Copper Cane LLC canceling their contracts for this year's grapes...

Afternoon Brief, September 21

A Clash Between Cotton and Cabernet? : The Texas High Plains has the potential to be a grape grower's paradise. This plateau near the New Mexico border is now home to nearly 5,000 acres planted to wine grapes...

Afternoon Brief, September 20

Large Wineries Are Rejecting Smoke Exposed Lake and Mendocino County Grapes: Large wineries, most notably Constellation Brands and Treasury Wine Estates, are now exercising the option to skip a vintage with many growers. They've been rejecting a significant share of the wine grapes they source from...

Afternoon Brief, April 30

Wine Experts Warn of Growing Anti-Alcohol Sentiment and Aging Boomers The industry has been riding on the "wine is good for you" trend since the early 1990s, but "negative" press about alcohol is growing, said the CEO of one of the largest U.S. wine companies on Thursday...

Afternoon Brief, March 13

The Nexus Linking IBM, California Wine, and Climate Modeling This month, IBM announced the creation of a cloud-based geospatial information and analytics service. Its designed to help people analyze big data sets comprising information such as satellite images, climate models, and tweets, or more localized data like feeds from IoT sensors...

Afternoon Brief, December 23

As explained in a statement, the fusion of these two winemaking bodies brings together two regions that have been growing closer since the 1990s as producers from the Côte d'Or have increasingly invested in Beaujolais in particular...

40 Years Later Pinot Noir Joins Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay in...

On the 40th anniversary of the ‘Judgement of Paris,’ the United States has once again proven the best place to grow classic French varietals is not always in France. Oregon Pinot Noir has shaken expectations with the announcement that Domaine Serene’s 2012 Winery Hill Vineyard grabbed the coveted Platinum Best of Show for Pinot Noir over £15 at the 2016 Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA). The wine from the Dundee Hills AVA in Oregon’s Willamette Valley beat out 6 grand cru and 26 premier cru Burgundian Pinot Noir.

Afternoon Brief, April 29

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief Trending Story: Wine M&A Experts: Deals Abound in Buyer’s Market A string of recent wine brand and property sales in...

Afternoon Brief, May 12

El Niño will be substantial, warn Australian scientists: Australian scientists on Tuesday forecast a "substantial" El Niño weather phenomenon for 2015, potentially spelling deadly and costly climate extremes, after officially declaring its onset in the tropical Pacific...

Afternoon Brief, April 14

North Coast Wine Challenge underway in Santa Rosa: The 2015 Press Democrat North Coast Wine Challenge began Tuesday at the Hilton Sonoma Wine Country Hotel in Santa Rosa...

Afternoon Brief, March 25

Secret to terroir may lie in bacteria, say scientists: Researchers in the U.S. have published a study suggesting that the characteristics associated with terroir could have more to do with microbes found around the root system of a vine, than the soil that it grows in...