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Afternoon Brief, May 20

When Wine Becomes Transformative: There's a new concept taking root in the wine industry: activist wines. Unlike traditional special bottlings produced for wine industry charity auctions and special events, activist wines serve a specific social purpose ...

Afternoon Brief, May 2

Jackson Family Wines CEO Calls for Protections Against Imports: Saying he believes foreign wine imports could exceed the number of U.S. brands sold in America by 2050, Jackson Family Wines CEO Rick Tigner on Wednesday called for a reciprocal tax to ensure fair trade, not free trade...

Afternoon Brief, April 26

‘End of an Era’: Sonoma’s Ravenswood Tasting Room to Close: Longtime winemaker and founder of Ravenswood Winery Joel Peterson was packing up his office at Ravenswood when reached by phone on Thursday. He confirmed that rumors were true - the winerys Gehricke Road tasting room would be closing its doors next month after almost 30 years ...

Afternoon Brief, April 25

How Much Do People Spend on Alcohol?: Whether you like an occasional tipple or a have favorite go-to cocktail, there's no denying that drinking can get expensive. It may be one of the most common ways to socialize, but it can do a lot of damage to your wallet ...

Afternoon Brief, April 18

Bordeaux Fire Destroys $13 Million Worth of Wine in France: Fans of Bordeaux have plenty of reason to whine this week. A blaze at a warehouse in the vaunted wine-making region in South West France incinerated $12.9 million worth of vino on Tuesday afternoon...

Afternoon Brief, April 1

Facing Fraud Charges, Agustin Huneeus Gives Up Control of His Napa Valley Wine Empire to His 85-Year-Old Father:

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."

Afternoon Brief, January 14

2019 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition Winners: The 2019 Chronicle Wine Competition Winners are in. Nine wines took home medals after they were chosen as the finest from a selection of over 6,800 wines that entered ...

Afternoon Brief, January 10

Important Crush Report May Be Impacted by Government Shutdown: The ongoing federal government shutdown, which began Dec. 22, may soon affect a key program of great importance to winegrape growers. Thursday, Jan. 10 is the deadline for wineries to submit grape purchase data from the 2018 harvest to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service Pacific Region office...

Afternoon Brief, November 20

Feds Shut Down Controversial Elouan Wine Labels: California winery Copper Cane has been ordered by the federal government to change the labels on its Elouan wines, which are made in California but labeled as Oregon wines and sold as such by retailers.

Afternoon Brief, November 5

E&J Gallo Continues Its Push on Premium: Kozel's focus, who joined Gallo 18 years ago, continues to be the company's push on premium, which has seen it gradually move beyond big volume sub $10 wines to more premium, boutique labels, such as Orin Swift, J Vineyards and Talbott ...

Napa Valley-Based Gamble Family Vineyards Expands Presence in Key Markets with...

September 5, 2018; Oakville, Calif.—Tom Gamble, owner of Gamble Family Vineyards in Oakville, is pleased to announce new distribution partnerships in New York and...

Afternoon Brief, August 31

Is Sonoma Reaching 'Peak Wine'? : Wine industry growth has been a rocket for 20 years, its trend line drawn like a mountain incline on U.S. industry graphs. Since 1993, when 370 million gallons of wine were consumed in America, consumption has...

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, 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."