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Afternoon Brief, October 24

Fast-Moving Wildfire Ignites in Northern California Wine Country, Prompting Evacuations: A fast-moving wildfire aided by powerful winds in Northern California's wine country has prompted mandatory evacuation orders in Geyserville, an area of Sonoma County 75 miles north of San Francisco. The Kincade Fire had spread to 10,000 acres just over 15 square miles by early Thursday, with no containment, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection..

Afternoon Brief, October 16

Why Wine Country Isn’t Attracting Millennials: Napa Valley, capital of wine tourism in California, pinnacle of New World luxury hooch, has a Millennial problem. The kids might be all grown up by the end of this year, the youngest Millennial will be 23, using the Pew Research Center definition of the generation but they aren't drinking wine the way their parents did, and the arena to see the shift up close is the Napa tasting room...

Afternoon Brief, October 3

Jackson Family Wines CEO: No Big Buyout Planned to Counter Gallo-Constellation Deal: The chief executive of Jackson Family Wines of Santa Rosa said Wednesday the premium wine company doesn't plan to make a big acquisition in response to one of the biggest wine deals in U.S. history, E. & J. Gallo Winery's $1.7 billion proposed purchase of more than 30 low-price wine and spirits brands from Constellation Brands Inc...

Afternoon Brief, August 19

Amazon Above the Law in California: Amazon is openly flouting California liquor law. In February, Amazon, doing business as Prime Now, was issued a liquor license to open a liquor store in Los Angeles. California requires businesses that offer alcohol for home delivery to have a brick-and-mortar store...

Afternoon Brief, June 27

US Supreme Court Ruling Should Boost Digital Wine Sales: A U.S. Supreme Court ruling issued Wednesday has the potential to open digital wine sales to more states across the country. The court in a 7-to-2 decision struck down a Tennessee law that required wine retailers to live in the state for two years before they could apply for a permit to sell alcohol...

Afternoon Brief, May 30

Napa County Vineyard Company Fined $38,000 After Field Worker Killed in Grape-Picking Accident: The U.S. Department of Labor says De Coninck Vineyards in American Canyon should be fined $38,000 in violations after the death of a Napa field worker in October...

Afternoon Brief, May 1

Merger Promises New 'Big Data Era' for the Wine Industry: One of the US's most popular consumer sites, Wine Folly, has merged with the Global Wine Database (GWDB) and unveiled plans to make big data about wine accessible to the industry...

Afternoon Brief, April 16

Duckhorn Wine CEO: Planning for Luxury Market After Boomers, Coping with New Napa County Regulations: Napa Valley-based Duckhorn Wine Company makes ultrapremium and luxury brands Decoy, Duckhorn, Goldeneye, Paraduxx, Migration, Canvasback from Washington state and Calera from the California Central Coast...

Afternoon Brief, March 8

How Producers Dial in the Right Shade of Pink for Rosé: Midway between red and white wines, rosé is a style that requires precision-getting the balance right, in terms of color, aromatics, texture, and freshness. An appealing rosé needs aromatics, but to please a broad range of consumers it also needs to stay on the bright and refreshing side of things...

Afternoon Brief, February 21

Constellation Brands to Discontinue 40% of Wine & Spirits Portfolio: This week at the Consumer Analyst Group of New York (CAGNY) Conference, Constellation Brands said that they expected to sell or discontinue up to 40% of their wine and spirits portfolio. Bill Newlands, president and COO, looked to reassure investors that the "best is yet to come."

Grape Shortage Exacerbated as Growing Demand Collides with Bad Weather and...

Kevin Atticks, the longtime executive director of the Maryland Wineries Association, has seen a rapid growth of wineries in his state and others around it the last 10 years. It’s a business model that continues to outpace vineyards, which cover 800 acres across Maryland with another 100 new acres not yet producing.

Afternoon Brief, July 18

Napa County Handling of Williamson Act Agricultural Land Contracts Draws Grand Jury Scrutiny Napa County's grand jury says a decades-old program giving property tax breaks to agriculture land owners suffers from a lax of oversight and puts the county in the role of "subsidizing a lifestyle."

Afternoon Brief, May 23

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: Brown-Forman Not Interested in Selling to Constellation Constellation Brands, the owner of Corona and Svedka Vodka, has made...