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South African Wine & Food Tourism Conference Celebrates Country’s Top Performers

Nine of South Africa’s top wine and food tourism providers were named honourees in the inaugural Wine & Food Tourism Conference Awards at the...

Afternoon Brief, September 17

Accountants Calling the Shots at Wineries: A cooper claims that reduced use of new oak in winemaking is a result of pressure from bean-counters...

Afternoon Brief, August 29

Documents Bolster Winery Race Discrimination Case: Their winery is gone, their vineyard is gone, and a lot of their money is gone, but the Sterling brothers are persisting in their racial discriminatory lending lawsuit against the bank that seized their properties in Sonoma and Mendocino Counties...

Afternoon Brief, August 13

Notable Sonoma County Wine Executive's Vineyard Business Firm Accused of Water Quality Violations - Prominent Sonoma County wine executive Hugh Reimers, who last month abruptly left as president of Foley Family Wines, faces allegations that his grape growing company has violated regional, state and federal water quality laws for improperly clearing land near Cloverdale to build a vineyard ...

Afternoon Brief, July 18

More Lawsuits Follow Supreme Court Decision: After the US Supreme Court's landmark ruling outlawing discrimination in wine shipping last month, the obvious question was, what's next? This week we got the answer. Lawsuits have been filed against four states Indiana, Kentucky, New Jersey and Texas that allow their own wine shops to ship to consumers, but not out-of-state shops ...

Afternoon Brief, June 17

Wine Consumption Probably Won't Return to "Normal": We work in the most interesting and wonderful industry on earth. Two things I love about the industry are the infinite palate of interesting souls and the sheer volume of optimists within it ...

Afternoon Brief, April 18

Bordeaux Fire Destroys $13 Million Worth of Wine in France: Fans of Bordeaux have plenty of reason to whine this week. A blaze at a warehouse in the vaunted wine-making region in South West France incinerated $12.9 million worth of vino on Tuesday afternoon...

Afternoon Brief, March 28

For Cancer Risk, a Bottle of Wine Equals This Many Cigarettes: Drinking a bottle of wine per week may be like smoking five to 10 cigarettes in the same time period, in terms of cancer risk, according to a new study from the United Kingdom ...

Afternoon Brief, March 6

How Wine Businesses Are Using Emerging Technologies: Technology plays a vital role in all aspects of our lives, but with the speed of new developments, the choice of what tech to use and how to use it can be dizzying. At the "Emerging Technologies in the Wines and Spirits Industry" panel held at Vinexpo in New York City on Monday, wine industry professionals discussed the latest platforms and services they're using to help optimize their businesses...

Afternoon Brief, January 22

Supreme Court's Wine-Regulation Case Focuses on Protectionism:

Afternoon Brief, January 18

Amid Shift in Wine Consumer Demand, California Wine Country Cautioned to Prepare for Ample Grape Supply: The North Coast wine business on Thursday received another wake-up call about gathering storm clouds that could dampen consumer demand for premium wines and the grapes from which they're made ...

Afternoon Brief, January 3

2019 U.S. Alcohol Consumption to Increase While Population Growth Stagnates: In an abstract titled, Alcohol Consumption in the United States: Past, Present, and Future Trends published in the Journal of Wine Economics Volume 13, Number 2, James Fogerty and Derby Voon examined ...

Afternoon Brief, December 13

Opus One Sues Supplier Alleging Barrels Were Contaminated with TCA: A Napa Valley winery has filed a lawsuit for more than $470,000 over the sale of barrels allegedly contaminated with 2,4,6-trichloroanisole (TCA), according to court records...

Afternoon Brief, October 31

Legal Strategies for Grape Growers When Wineries Talk 'Smoke Taint' After Wildfires: Following on last year's Northern California firestorm in Napa, Lake, Sonoma, Mendocino, Butte and Solano counties, various North Bay regions have also seen wildfires in 2018...

Afternoon Brief, October 29

The Winery That Cried Wolf on Cork: Amorim, the largest cork producer in the world has made major innovations in closures over the years. From updating cork-harvesting techniques and standards to producing higher quality corks for less money with less labor the Santa Maria de Lamas, Portugal-based cork giant has constantly attempted to innovate and change up the game on the wine closure industry...