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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 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...

Afternoon Brief, January 15

Buyers of BRAND Winery and Estate Vineyards Acquire a Gem on Famed Pritchard Hill: Jim Bean and Christine OSullivan are purchasing the BRAND winery and vineyards from owners Ed and Deb Fitts. The Brand estate is located atop Pritchard Hill, one of the most sought after locales in Napa Valley ...

Afternoon Brief, January 2

The Hispanic Consumer Is Key to the Future of the Wine Industry: The growth of the Latino population in the United States is well documented and we know that it will continue to expand. This reality will provide opportunities for growth for many industries, notably in the food and beverage sector ...

Afternoon Brief, December 27

U.S. Ambassador to Israel Was Tricked into Investing in an Israeli Winery, Lawsuit Alleges: The U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman was presented with allegedly fraudulent documents when he agreed to invest $730,000 in an Israeli wine company, according to a lawsuit filed Wednesday to a Tel Aviv District Court...

Afternoon Brief, August 27

Expanded 2018 WIN Expo Conference Stacked with Wine Business Experts: The 7th annual North Coast Wine Industry Expo (WIN Expo), the second largest wine industry trade show in North America, has bolstered the conference portion of its program this year to address the increasing complexity of issues facing the wine industry...

Afternoon Brief, April 11

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: Analysts See a Significant U.S. Deal Ahead for Treasury Analysts continue to raise expectations that Treasury Wine Estates...

Afternoon Brief, February 22

Stay or Go?: Dilemma of Winery Founders in Mergers and Acquisitions Whether a founder or owner of a wine brand stays on after an acquisition can depend on what has been sold...

Afternoon Brief, January 24

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: North Coast Wildfire Impact Study Signals Strong Recovery in Early Findings The Wine Business Institute (WBI) at Sonoma...

Afternoon Brief, June 22

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: Increased Competition for Labor Leaves Wine Hanging The numbers don't lie: there has been a steady loss off...

Afternoon Brief, May 31

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: WineAmerica and Wine Industry Network Join Forces Wine Industry Network and WineAmerica today announced that WineAmerica, the National...

Afternoon Brief, February 10

Preliminary Winegrape Crush Report Is 4.0 Million Tons: The California Department of Food and Agricultures Preliminary Grape Crush Report for 2016 has been released. It is a critical barometer for the wine and grape industry, containing tons crushed and prices of wine grapes sold during the 2016 harvest...

Afternoon Brief, December 26

The Sparkling Winemakers’ Choice for a New Year’s Toast: We asked a few sparkling winemakers to share their wine recommendations for celebrating the new year, one of their own wines, and one from another winery that they enjoy. We hope you'll find something new and exciting in their recommendations that can start your new year off with a great sparkling experience...

Afternoon Brief, October 28

Bordeaux Court Deliberates on Fraud Case Involving More Than 1 Million Bottles of Wine: A Bordeaux judicial tribunal is weighing the fates of eight men accused of trying to pass off more than 1 million bottles of cheap plonk as more expensive Bordeaux from top appellations...