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Afternoon Brief, April 10th

DTC Impact Report: Outreach and Inclusion Attract Younger Drinkers: The 2022 Direct-to-Consumer Impact Report offers a variety of key insights on trends and developments in tasting rooms and DtC over the last year...

Santa Barbara Vintners Hosts Behind the Scenes, a Series of In-Depth...

Santa Barbara, CA, April 10, 2023 – The Santa Barbara Vintners is presenting a rare opportunity to look Behind the Scenes with a new series of wine-tasting experiences...

Afternoon Brief, February 17th

Paso Robles Winery Sexual Harassment Case to Continue in Court: A federal judge denied a Paso Robles winery’s efforts to dismiss a sexual harassment lawsuit brought by the U.S. government in late January, court records show...

Santa Barbara County Economic Impact Report on Wine Shows

Wineries, Vineyards & Related Businesses Provide $1.7 billion in Annual Economic Activity Santa Barbara, CA, February 16, 2023 – The Santa Barbara County wine and...

Afternoon Brief, August 29th

Sonoma County Board of Supervisors to Vote on Compromise Evacuation Zone Ordinance for Farmers: The new regulations are a compromise between labor activists who advocated for a wide range of worker protections such as hazard and disaster pay for the estimated 8,500 farmworkers working in the county and the politically powerful wine industry, which argued for flexibility with public safety officials having the power to decide who is allowed to enter evacuation zones...

Santa Barbara Vintners Festival Returns for 38th Year

Santa Barbara Wine Country Honored as Wine Enthusiast’s Wine Region of the Year Santa Barbara, CA, August 26, 2022 – One of California’s most highly...

Afternoon Brief, August 12th

More North Coast Winery Website Lawsuits End Without Settlements: More than half the dozens of recent federal lawsuits brought by one Florida man against North Coast wineries over accessibility of their websites have been dismissed, including nearly two dozen in the past 30 days. And more of these are getting resolved without settlements...

Santa Barbara Vintners Festival Returns for 38th Year

Santa Barbara Wine Country Honored as Wine Enthusiast’s Wine Region of the Year Santa Barbara, CA, July 12, 2022 – One of California’s most highly anticipated...

Afternoon Brief, May 31st

Wine's Supply Crisis: Opportunity in Disguise: As supply-chain issues bite, wineries are looking at innovative ways to cut costs – and help the environment...

Afternoon Brief, August 27

Crop Insurance Fears for Smoke-Hit Vineyards: Growers affected by the California wildfires should take a close look at the small print on their insurance policies...

Alisos Canyon in Santa Barbara Approved as AVA

The Alisos Canyon area has long been revered for its high-quality fruit with its unique affinity towards Rhone-style varietals, and now the TTB has...

Afternoon Brief, August 21

Wineries Harvest While Wine Country Burns: Large swathes of California continued to burn on Thursday from fires ignited by more than 10,000 lightning strikes. Firefighters are desperately overworked. Yet, even as homes and a hospital were evacuated, many wineries report clear skies and no smoke in the vineyard...

Afternoon Brief, August 19

Hennessey Fire Threatens Napa's Oldest Family-Owned Winery: There’s a saying in Aimee Sunseri’s family: never skip a harvest. It’s perhaps especially poignant advice because six generations’ worth of winemakers and grape growers have heeded it...

Afternoon Brief, May 6

Sonoma Wineries Are Itching to Open Up Their Doors and Invite Back Visitors: The shelter-in-place order has been hard on wineries that rely on tasting room and on-premise sales as well as their front line allies, tasting room staff and waiters, who have been out of a job...

Afternoon Brief, May 1

Oregon Aims to Include Brewpubs, Wineries in Reopening: Oregon is planning to allow its famed microbreweries and wine tasting rooms to reopen when it starts loosening stay-home orders, rejecting a federal recommendation that bars remain closed...