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Afternoon Brief, March 22nd

Some Early Results from the SvB DtC Survey: Today, we are about 50 responses short of what we need to produce the Annual Direct to Consumer Report, so please participate. To help us reach the finish line, we are leaving the survey open over the weekend and closing it on 3/24...

Afternoon Brief, March 21st

Sherry-Lehmann’s Park Ave. Landlord Gets OK to Clear Out Booze in $4.8 Million Rent Dispute — After a Year of Collecting Dust: Iconic wine retailer Sherry-Lehmann’s Park Avenue landlord has won permission to finally clear out old shelves, fixtures and leftover bottles of wine at the storied shop — which have been collecting dust for more than a year since it shuttered in scandal...

Afternoon Brief, August 25th

Sonoma County Winegrowers Team Up with the San Francisco Giants to Feature Local Wines: The partnership will feature a “Sonoma in the City” cloud club theme & new wine region video series...

Afternoon Brief, August 22nd

Sherry Lehmann’s Landlord Sues Iconic Wine Shop over $3.6 Million in Unpaid Rent: Sherry-Lehmann’s landlord is suing the iconic wine retailer as well as its former owners over $3.6 million in unpaid rent – and is demanding that its shuttered store on Park Avenue be cleared out immediately, according to a court filing...

Afternoon Brief, August 11th

CEO Stole over $4 Million from Company to Build Winery, Farm and Horse Ranch, Feds Say: A German man is accused of building a boutique winery, farm and horse ranch on his private Virginia property with money stolen from his company, federal prosecutors said...

Afternoon Brief, August 8th

NASA Helps Spot Wine Grape Disease from Skies Above California: In a case study, scientists detected the costly infection in cabernet sauvignon grapevines before they showed symptoms visible to the human eye...

Afternoon Brief, August 7th

Sherry-Lehmann's Own Lawyers Want to Quit on Deadbeat Park Avenue Wine Store: Sherry-Lehmann’s own long-time lawyers no longer want anything to do with the besieged wine store — joining the ranks of jilted customers feuding with the deadbeat Park Avenue retailer...

Afternoon Brief, July 24th

Livermore Winery Owner Dies After Car Crash: A two-car collision Friday afternoon resulted in the death of a 59-year-old man, the Livermore Police Department said. The driver was identified as Mitchell Katz, the Alameda County Coroner’s Office confirmed to KRON4. Katz was the owner of Mitchell Katz Winery in Livermore...

Afternoon Brief, July 20th

LA Police Hunt Wine Shop Thieves After Major Heist: A Los Angeles fine wine retailer targeted by thieves, who sawed through the roof of its cellar room and stole precious bottles thought to be worth at least $500,000, has said a police investigation was ongoing and thanked customers for their support...

Afternoon Brief, April 7th

How Sonoma County Wineries Are Navigating a Post-Pandemic Tourism World: Something happened during the pandemic that proved critical to the long-term recovery of Sonoma County’s wine-centric tourism industry...

Afternoon Brief, March 31st

Fire Destroys Outbuilding at Napa County Winery, Other Structures Spared: A fire destroyed an outbuilding at a winery east of Yountville on Thursday night, but was contained without damage to other structures, authorities said...

Afternoon Brief, March 24th

Napa Organizations Join Forces to Protect the Community from Wildfire: This annual fair brings together members of the wine industry, Napa residents, community organizations and local businesses to learn how they can help prevent or mitigate wildfires...

Afternoon Brief, March 20th

Rob McMillan on Wine: Living in Two Worlds: After decades in banking, I thought I'd seen everything. But last week, with a jolt to my system, I was unfortunately proven wrong. This would turn out to be one of the worst weeks in my life. I kept thinking I must be dreaming this!...

Afternoon Brief, December 8th

WIN Expo Celebrates 10 Years of Bringing Together the Wine Industry: Alongside the trade show which featured nearly 300 exhibitors showcasing the latest products and services available and the educational conference sessions, this year’s event featured expanded attendee attractions...

Afternoon Brief, April 22

Rack & Riddle Announces Facility Opening in Wake of Major Sonoma County Expansion: Rack & Riddle Custom Wine Services, one of the largest custom crush and winemaking companies in the North Bay area, today announced its new Healdsburg facility is expected to be functionally operational June 15th...