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Sustainable Packaging Likely to Become Battleground for Premium Alcohol Producers, Says...

As ethical credentials become increasingly prominent markers of quality, sustainable packaging is likely to become a battleground for premium alcohol beverage brands, says GlobalData,...

Afternoon Brief, July 23

How Winemakers Analyze pH and Its Impact on Wine: When presenting wines, winemakers will often mention their pH as an indication of character, to point out whether a particular cuvée is energetic and fresh or more smooth and ripe. But what does the pH number mean, exactly, and how can it be used to better understand wine?

Sonoma County Winegrowers Share Early Outlook on 2019 Harvest Crop Expected

As It Nears 100% Sustainability, Local Wines Bearing New Logo Will Hit the Market SANTA ROSA, Calif.  (July 2, 2019) – As Sonoma County Winegrape...

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...

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 18

Constellation Brands May Sell Cheap Wine Brands to Gallo: Constellation Brands may sell off some of its lower-end wine brands to Gallo Winery, according to CNBC. The report comes after Constellation said last month that it may sell up to 40% of its wine brands because they are underperforming...

From Vine to Table: The Case for Sustainability

We are at a critical juncture in the consumer packaged goods space. And it can’t be ignored. The combination of product integrity, recyclability, and overall environmental impact is driving shoppers’ buying decisions.

Afternoon Brief, January 8

Napa County Winery Permit Enforcement Deadline Spurs Scramble for Professionals: Napa County is undertaking a sizable effort this year to tighten enforcement of limits on how much local wineries can grow. But with less than three months until a deadline to file for permit modifications, there's growing concern among the small cadre of professionals usually tasked with such documentation about meeting the deadline...

Shadybrook Estates Manages Water Use and Production Cost with the Help...

In California, no resource is more important than water, which is why water management has been a top priority in the wine community for...

Afternoon Brief, November 12

North Coast Wineries Bullish on Organic Grapes to Drive Growth: Walk down the aisle at the local Whole Foods Market or any other similar grocer. Almost everywhere you look, there are organic products on prominent display, from lettuce to macaroni and cheese to ice cream. But over at the wine section? Not so much...

Afternoon Brief, October 4

Local Experts Weigh in on the State of the North Coast Wine Industry: What's been happening in the North Coast wine industry? Specifically developed to for wineries in Sonoma, Napa, Lake, and Mendocino Counties...

Fetzer Vineyards Honored with “Changemaker” Distinction from B Lab for Increased...

Pioneering Vintner, World's Largest Winery to be Certified as a B Corporation, Recognized for Improvement and Commitment to Regeneration HOPLAND, Calif., Sept. 5, 2018 - Fetzer...

92% of Grapes Grown for Bogle Vineyards Are Now Sustainably Certified

Number of growers following CALIFORNIA RULES for Sustainable Winegrowing expands Clarksburg, CA – Bogle Vineyards has announced that 92% of the grapes used in its...

Esteemed California Sustainable Winegrowing Program Lodi Rules™ Goes International

Israel’s Golan Heights and Galil Mountain Wineries Achieve Historic Certification January 17, 2018, LODI, CA – The LODI RULES™ Sustainable Winegrowing Program, created by the...

Wayne Bailey: Sustainable Farming “Is Just the Right Thing to Do”

Anyone who knows Wayne Bailey knows how important farming is to him. It is where his life began, the son of an Iowa sharecropper. And it is where his life has lead him. Through years of business success as an engineer and a consultant to high profile companies like McDonald’s, Bailey’s work eventually lead him to the vineyards of Burgundy. This was a turning point for Bailey and what began as a three month consultancy expanded into two years in the vineyards of Beaune. “The vignerons there consider themselves farmers,” he remembers, “and so do I. I gravitated toward that. I spent time in the vineyards there and my mind was imagining growing grapes and making wine.” Bailey returned to farming life making Youngberg Hill in Willamette Valley home and livelihood to the Bailey family.