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Afternoon Brief, August 6

2020 Sonoma County Winegrape Harvest Kicks Off: Following weeks of steady daytime heat and cool evenings, Sonoma County grapes are ripening evenly, and some are ready to be picked, kicking off the 2020 winegrape harvest in Sonoma County...

Portocork Adds Sarah Donley to Sales Team

(NAPA, Calif.) – Portocork, North America’s premier supplier of natural cork stoppers for the wine, beer and spirits industry, announced the addition of Sarah Donley to the sales...

Afternoon Brief, May 4

A $7 Million Fund for Out-Of-Work Bartenders Could End up Not Helping Most Applicants. Why?: For Bay Area bartenders, the world changed on March 15 when Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered all bars in California to close...

Afternoon Brief, April 4

Constellation Sells Budget Wine Brands to Gallo: In January, wine economist Mike Veseth told a crowd of winegrape growers and winery executives in Sacramento that if you want to know the future of the industry, follow Constellation Brands...

Afternoon Brief, March 1

Gallo to Pay Civil Penalty, Make Safety Improvements to Winery: In a settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, E.&.J. Gallo Winery will pay a $58,000 civil penalty and make improvements to address the risk of chemical accidents at its wine production facility in Fresno ...

Joint Release: Trefinos USA and Portocork Partnership

Offering technical corks utilizing Supercritical CO2 via its CWINE Brand (NAPA, Calif.) – Portocork and Trefinos USA announce strategic partnership allowing Portocork representation of...

Independently Validated Technology Ensures TCA Free Natural Cork

Stop by Portocork's booth at the Unified Wine and Grape Symposium to get an update on expanded capacity of our ICON corks. ICON screened...

Afternoon Brief, May 24

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: It’s What’s in the Bottle That Counts ... Or Is It? The lab supervisor of a well-known Sonoma...

Afternoon Brief, May 10

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: China Is Building a Disney World for Wine At Chateau Changyu Reina, honey-colored brick towers enclose wide cobbled...

Afternoon Brief, February 8

Traveling? Don't Drink the Water, Drink Wine: For many, alcohol and travel go hand-in-hand. Even when you're not in wine country, you're likely celebrating your respite from responsibility with a tipple or two...

Portocork Adds to Sales Team

(NAPA, Calif.) – Portocork, North America’s premier supplier of natural cork stoppers for the Wine, Beer and Spirits industry announces the addition of Daniel Bishofberger...

Afternoon Brief, December 9

FEMA Releases Severe El Nino Disaster Response Plan For California, Arizona, Nevada: The FEMA Region 9 office, in Oakland, CA has established an El Niño task force charged with preparing the regional office and its partners for the impacts of El Niño...

FDA Sees No Safety Issues with Agglomerated Corks

Yesterday Wine Industry Insight (WII) published a story regarding the health safety of the adhesive used in some agglomerate cork. Today the FDA responded: Based...

Afternoon Brief, February 4

Micro-Agglomerates: 350 Million Illegal Corks Per Year? Agglomerated cork manufacturers and importers are facing scrutiny from two major federal agencies over health concerns about the plastic used to bind bits of cork glued together. The concern is that chemicals in the binding plastic can leach into wine...

Afternoon Brief, December 10

Silicon Valley Bank Annual Wine Conditions Survey Results: 82% of wineries reported overall financial health of "good" or better for 2014. This is up 7% over the previous year. This trend is expected to continue as the grapes from three strong harvests (2012,2013, and 2014) make their way into the market...