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Afternoon Brief, June 9th

After the Fires: Four Iconic Napa Wineries Share Their Recovery Stories: Fire happens quickly, but the recovery can take years. Decanter checks in on four iconic producers in Napa who are rebuilding with an eye towards the future...

Afternoon Brief, June 2nd

Buellton’s Summerland Wine Brands to Liquidate, Close Doors By July 31: Summerland Wine Brands, formerly Terravant Wine Co., laid off or furloughed all but about 40 people on May 25, and plans to liquidate its winemaking equipment and sell the Buellton facility, according to a former employee familiar with operations...

Revolutionizing Wine Sales and Marketing: Insights, Strategies and the Role of...

Wine Sales Symposium offered insights and concrete examples about boosting sales in a falling market and attracting new and emerging consumers. By Laurie Wachter Last week's...

Afternoon Brief, September 30th

Serial ADA Plaintiff in California Alleged to Be Feigning Blindness in Order to Sue: A Southern California law firm announced Wednesday that it has obtained footage of a frequent filer of suits under the Americans with Disabilities Act that allegedly shows he is not "legally blind" as he has maintained in hundreds of ADA lawsuits...

Afternoon Brief, September 22nd

Wine Industry Boosts American Economy by $276 Billion in 2022: The wine industry will generate more than $276 billion in economic activity for the American economy in 2022, according to a new study unveiled in Washington by Representatives Mike Thompson (D-CA) and Dan Newhouse (R-WA), Co-chairs of the Congressional Wine Caucus...

Afternoon Brief, September 20th

10 Years In: WIN Expo Celebrates Its First Decade: The Annual North Coast Wine Industry Expo (WIN Expo) is the largest trade show and conference focused exclusively on Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino and Lake counties, and is the second largest wine industry show in North America...

Afternoon Brief, September 15th

Exchange Rates Unlikely to Impact Wine Prices: As the value of the Euro, relative to the dollar, dropped to historic lows, wine industry executives have started to wonder if this decrease will help mitigate some of the other rising costs of importing wine. This is the first time in two decades that the dollar has basically hit value parity with the Euro...

Afternoon Brief, September 9th

Grapes, Berries and Robots: Is Silicon Valley Coming for Farm Workers Jobs?: The global ag-tech revolution has sped up in recent years, spurring a debate on how it will affect the workforce...

Afternoon Brief, September 2nd

California Harvest Races to Beat the Heat: With picking well under way in many regions, the California harvest has producers cautiously optimistic...

Afternoon Brief, August 26th

EEOC Sues Justin Vineyards & Winery and the Wonderful Company for Sexual Harassment and Retaliation: Winemaker and Parent Company Allowed Sex-Based Harassment at Southern California Locations, Federal Agency Charges...

Afternoon Brief, August 24th

Tornado and Hail Devastate Famed Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vineyard: Vieux Télégraphe's Daniel Brunier and other top winemakers report that a violent August storm inflicted heavy damage on La Crau and other choice vineyards...

Afternoon Brief, August 19th

Joe Rochioli Jr., Russian River Valley’s Pinot Pioneer, Dies at 88: Growing up on his family's Sonoma farm, the grapegrower and vintner saw potential in fine wine from his land...

Afternoon Brief, August 11th

Hitler-Themed Wine for Sale in Supermarkets Sparks Outrage: Wine bottles featuring an image of Adolf Hitler on their labels have sparked outrage, after it was reported that they were being sold in supermarkets...

Afternoon Brief, August 1st

Scorching Heat and Wildfires Worry European Winemakers: In wine regions across the continent, spring was dry and summer has brought record temperatures, shrinking the potential harvest and sparking wildfires...

Afternoon Brief, July 28th

Growing Forward Recap: Preparing for the Risk Factors of Smoke & Fire Exposure: On July 27, 2022, Wine Industry Network hosted its most recent Growing Forward webinar, this time focusing on wildfire smoke in the vineyards — and its effect on the resulting wines. It’s a hard topic to accept and address, but one that becomes integral to the industry’s forward progress...