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Afternoon Brief, January 25th

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One of the World's Largest Wine Industry Events Begins in Sacramento—With No Wine Tastings: One of the largest wine industry trade shows in the world began Tuesday in Sacramento. But a key feature of the festivities will be largely missing: wine tasting...

Expert Inspection of the Executive Order Promoting Competition in American Economy

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Last year's Executive Order on Promoting Competition in the American Economy caused a great deal of buzz within the beverage alcohol industry. However, for...

Afternoon Brief, January 12th

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The Wine Industry Pledged to Improve Diversity, Equity and Inclusivity—Has Anything Changed?: In 2020, several critical events caused the wine industry to reckon with the underrepresentation and mistreatment of marginalized groups in all sectors of the trade. The industry found itself under intense scrutiny from within and without...

Afternoon Brief, December 30th

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What Are the Future Digital Technology Trends In Wine? New OIV Study Reveals Answers: Robots in the vineyards, AI wine critics, and block chain 4x4QR codes to track wine and provide transparency to consumers. These are just a few of the topics that were presented by a panel of wine technology experts as part of a recent 2021 OIV study...

Afternoon Brief, December 27th

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After Four Harrowing Years of Smoke and Fires, Bay Area Wineries Rejoice in a ‘Normal’ Harvest: Bay Area winemakers will remember 2021 as the year without wildfires. In sharp contrast to the last several years, no Wine Country estates were destroyed, no Cabernet grapes tainted by smoke, no fermentations abandoned in the wake of an emergency evacuation order...
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DtC Expert Analysis: Lessons Learned in 2021, Predictions for 2022

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Looking back at 2021, there's been many—even if subtle—shifts in the beverage alcohol direct-to-consumer (DtC) space. More states are opening options for DtC shipping,...

Afternoon Brief, December 9th

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Frosts, Heatwaves and Wildfires: As the climate crisis intensifies, the wine industry is increasingly vulnerable and growers across the world are scrambling to find solutions...

Afternoon Brief, October 15th

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California Harvests Raise Optimism Levels: In central California AVAs, the later harvest is looking good – but they're not out of the woods yet...

Afternoon Brief, October 13th

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California Insurance Commissioner Orders Key Fixes for Winery, Vineyard, Farm Insurance Policies After Fire Losses: California’s top insurance regulator on Tuesday announced two key steps intended to help many vintners, wine grape growers and other farmers that have been locked out of commercial insurance coverage after massive wildfires across the state in the past several years...

Shipping Alcohol DtC—Retailers’ Trials and Tribulations

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Retailers engaged in direct-to-consumer (DtC) shipping of beverage alcohol have faced unexpected setbacks in the last few months. —Alex Koral, Regulatory General Counsel, Sovos ShipCompliant Primarily,...

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, 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 23rd

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Females in the Field—How Women in the Vineyard Make for Better Wine Business: Unlike reports on women’s tasting abilities, there are no studies on relative merits of female vs. male vineyard workers, but anecdotal evidence abounds. Wine Industry Advisor speaks to winery owners and winemakers about why they’ve welcomed more women as full-time field crew...

Afternoon Brief, September 9th

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New Oregon Wine Industry Report Exposes Effects of COVID and 2020 Wildfires: While the majority of Oregon winemakers made wine from grapes from 2020, the year held challenges including a western U.S. weather phenomenon combined with naturally lower yields, wildfires and COVID-19-related labor shortages and restrictions...

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...