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Afternoon Brief, July 24

Napa Winemakers Tap Sonoma for Pinot, Chardonnay: Pinot noir has been called many things. The heartbreak grape. Temperamental. Finicky. Demanding. Untrustworthy. Difficult to grow and vinify. Yet once in the bottle, pinot noir undergoes a personality transformation...

Afternoon Brief, June 28

Judge Tosses Napa Valley Vineyard Trademark Suit over 'To Kalon' Name: A federal judge in San Francisco on Thursday threw out a trademark suit brought an Oakville vintner against beverage giant Constellation Brands, the latest high-profile case in an long-running dispute over use of the famed To Kalon vineyard name...

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, June 26

U.S. Supreme Court Strikes Down Tennessee Residency Law; Opens Door for National Wine Retailer Shipping Challenges: Seven of the justices delivered a strong defense of the Constitution's Commerce Clause in the face of discriminatory state alcohol regulations...

National Association of Wine Retailers’ Comment on Historic Tennessee Wine v....

(Washington, DC)—The National Association of Wine Retailers Executive Director Tom Wark released the following statement today concerning the Supreme Court’s decision in Tennessee Wine...

Afternoon Brief, February 6

Mary Ann Graf, Who Paved the Way for California Women Winemakers, Dies at 76: Mary Ann Graf, widely considered the first woman winemaker in California after Prohibition, died after a nearly three year battle with pancreatic cancer on Jan. 30. A representative of Graf's friends and family confirmed the news...

Afternoon Brief, January 25

Direct Sales Alters US Wine Market: In 2018, wineries shipped more than 6 million cases of wine, a nine percent increase over the previous year, according to Larry Cormier's presentation at the annual Direct to Consumer Wine Symposium held in Concord, California. Cormier is the general manager of the Colorado-based ShipCompliant/Sovos company, which gathers this data for presentation to the wine community each year...

Afternoon Brief, January 22

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

Afternoon Brief, January 17

Napa Is Suddenly Abuzz with Winery and Vineyard Sales: After a relatively quiet period in Napa Valley mergers and acquisitions, we are suddenly seeing a flurry of activity. The big headline: Ed and Deb Fitts have sold Brand, the very high-end estate on Napa's Pritchard Hill that they founded in 2005, to Jim Bean and Christine O'Sullivan for an undisclosed price...

Wine Consumers to Fund Supreme Court Brief on Wine Shipping Case

GoFundMe Campaign to Give Wine Consumers Representation in Key Court Case (Washington, DC)—A GoFundMe Campaign has been launched that gives wine consumers across the country the...

Afternoon Brief, July 24

France’s AXA Millésimes Buys Outpost Winery in Napa Valley AXA Millésimes, the wine division of the French insurance giant, is expanding to California. The company, which owns wineries in Bordeaux, Burgundy, Portugal and Hungary, is purchasing Outpost, a winery on Napa Valley's Howell Mountain, from Kathy and Frank Dotzler...

Afternoon Brief, May 19

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief Trending Story: Congress Moves to Protect U.S. Wines from Canadian Tariffs Rep. Mike Conaway (R-TX), Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, has...