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Afternoon Brief, October 25th

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Global Supply Chain Issues Plague the Wine Industry: Market trends have created a problem perhaps best appreciated by wine lovers: a bottleneck...

Afternoon Brief, October 22nd

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Sonoma Struggles Beyond America: Sonoma's wines might be world famous in the US, but it's a different story overseas...

Afternoon Brief, October 18th

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Remembering Barbara Winiarski: Barbara Dvorak Winiarski, co-founder of Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars, artist, preservationist, and philanthropist, died at 88 years old, peacefully, at her home in Napa Valley, California, on October 8, 2021...

Afternoon Brief, October 12th

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U.S. Supreme Court Declines to Hear Major Wine Shipping Case: The country’s highest court will not decide Sarasota Wine Market v. Schmitt, upholding Missouri’s law banning consumer direct-shipping alcohol sales from out-of-state retailers...

Afternoon Brief, October 4th

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Four Dead on Family Vineyard in Freak Wine-Making Accident: Two brothers and a father and son were found dead after trying to save each other from the one-in-a-million disaster...

Afternoon Brief, September 28th

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Millennials Drive the Sparkling Wine Category: New insight from Wine Intelligence sparkling wine reports shows some consistent patterns emerging across the major ‘anglosphere’ consumption markets of the US, Canada, UK and Australia. As with many Covid-era trends, there appears to be an acceleration of patterns that were already present...

Afternoon Brief, September 27th

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Newest Approved AVA—Virginia Peninsula: The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) had officially given its blessing to the Virginia Peninsula American Viticultural Area (AVA), which includes five wineries and 112 acres of commercial vineyards...

Afternoon Brief, September 24th

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California Farm Worker Union Marching to the French Laundry After Newsom Vetoes Labor Bill: Gov. Gavin Newsom on Wednesday vetoed a bill that would have allowed farm workers to vote by mail in union elections, a change the United Farm Workers pressed for after the U.S. Supreme Court earlier this year dealt a setback to its organizing practices...

Afternoon Brief, September 20th

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Wine Industry Analyst Weigh-in: JUSTIN’s Acquisition of Lewis Cellars: It has been a trend recently for wineries to acquire other production capability while eliminating overhead to streamline processes, yet offer a larger range of brands to consumers under one banner...

Afternoon Brief, September 13th

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Wildfire Smoke Ruins Taste of Some Wines: Grapes exposed to smoke absorb chemicals that can alter — and sometimes ruin — the taste and smell of resultant wines. This “smoke taint” has become a growing concern for the industry...

Afternoon Brief, September 7th

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South Korea Closes in on US as Most Attractive Global Wine Market: The United States has once again topped the list of the most attractive wine markets in the world, though its lead over #2 South Korea was cut, according to a new report from Wine Intelligence, the global leader in wine consumer research and insights...

Afternoon Brief, August 31st

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Fire Watch: Caldor Fire Burns Big Doubling in Size: The Caldor Fire is only 16% contained as it continues its trajectory toward vacation paradise, Lake Tahoe. Fortunately, it has only skirted vineyards and wineries in Amador and El Dorado Counties...

Afternoon Brief, August 23rd

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Becky Wasserman, American Champion of Burgundy's Small Wineries, Dies at 84: From her farm near Beaune, Wasserman represented small winegrowers from around France to U.S. importers and consumers, and was a valuable mentor...

Afternoon Brief, August 17th

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Permit Sonoma Leads “Visioning” Sessions for Cannabis Regulation: Sonoma County has been actively addressing the cannabis business since the legalization of recreational use. The County’s Board of Supervisors are constantly working on both permitting and environmental regulations...

Afternoon Brief, August 16th

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Right-Wine Extremist from L.A. Who Turned a Lodi Vineyard into a Shooting Range Cops a Plea with Feds: Right-wing extremist Benjamin Jong Ren Hung who, according to FBI court documents, turned his family’s Lodi-area vineyard into a militia-style, illegal firearms training camp — complete with human target mannequins — has signed a plea deal with federal prosecutors...