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Explore California Wine Country’s Back Roads: Central Coast (South) Spotlight

SAN FRANCISCO — This month, Wine Institute’s Wine Country Back Roads series focuses on California’s southern Central Coast, extending from Paso Robles in the north to...

Introducing Fighting Chance Pinot Noir

Fighting Chance Pinot Noir from Santa Barbara County ($SRP 26) is now available nationwide. Winemaker Adam Poirer sourced fruit from notable Santa Barbara vineyards,...

Afternoon Brief, November 27

California Winery Should Lose Oregon Licenses for Label Violations, Says OLCC: California winery Copper Cane should lose its licenses to distribute wine or do retail business within the state of Oregon, the Oregon Liquor Control Commission has recommended...

The Cannabis Impact on Santa Barbara’s Wine Industry

The regulated cannabis industry in California has a new, highly regulated system for cultivating, processing and selling cannabis. These regulatory changes have provided new legal avenues for cannabis entrepreneurs to operate and grow their businesses, but what impact does this have on California’s wine growing regions?

Event and Hospitality Constraints Strangling Direct to Consumer Sales Vital for...

Across the entire wine industry, there are significant challenges, stated Robert McMillan, executive vice president and founder of Silicon Valley Bank’s Wine Division at the recent forum of Santa Barbara’s wine industry.

Afternoon Brief, July 26

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: U.S. Wine Exports to European Union Fall The major fall in sales to the EU saw US wine...

Afternoon Brief, July 18

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: E. & J. Gallo Deploys Data-Driven App to Harvest a Better Grape The world's oldest winery is a...

Afternoon Brief, June 22

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: Increased Competition for Labor Leaves Wine Hanging The numbers don't lie: there has been a steady loss off...

Afternoon Brief, March 9

Total Wine Shipments to the US Expanded 3% to 399 Million Cases in 2016: For 12-months ending December 2016, Gomberg, Fredrikson & Associates reports that total wine shipments into the US market expanded by 3%, nearing 400 million cases. This growth is consistent with 10 year trends and is across both domestic and imported wines...

Afternoon Brief, December 2

Lewis Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2013 Named Wine Spectator’s #1 Wine of the Year: Wine Spectator, the world's leading authority on wine, today announced Lewis Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2013 as the 2016 Wine of the Year...

Afternoon Brief, November 21

Huneeus Vintners Buys Napa Valley's St. Clement Vineyards from Treasury Wine Estates: Treasury Wine Estates has sold Napa Valley's St. Clement Vineyards to Napa-based Huneeus Vintners LLC, according to public records and company representatives...

Afternoon Brief, November 3

Former Napa Valley Winemaker Indicted on Fraud Charges: Former Napa Valley winemaker Jeffry Hill, 38, was indicted by a federal grand jury in San Francisco on charges that he fraudulently mislabeled wine and wine products...

Afternoon Brief, November 2

With Lokoya, Jackson Family Wines Has a New Napa Estate to Go with Its High-End Wine: Since its founding by Jess Jackson in 1995, the Lokoya luxury wine brand has never had a true home to showcase its cabernet sauvignon varietals from the mountain wine regions around Napa County...

Afternoon Brief, October 31

Wineries’ Impact Brings Taste of Bitterness to Sonoma Campaign: A supervisors race between two liberal candidates in Sonoma County has turned into a good ol' Wine Country brawl amid fear that the region is too quickly transforming into a pricey, water-sucking theme park for the almighty grape...

Afternoon Brief, October 27

Kansas Authorities Arrest Man for Fraud After Thousands of Dollars Worth of Napa Wine Disappears: Three Napa wineries may finally get some of their gold-medal winning wine worth tens of thousands of dollars back after James Allen Hall was arrested Friday in Wichita, Kansas...