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Afternoon Brief, December 8th

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Sonoma County Supervisors Eye Changes to Rules Governing Vineyard Development: Changes sought by grape growers to Sonoma County’s ordinance governing vineyard development are set to come before the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, with proposed revisions that county leaders say will streamline permitting and encourage more environmentally friendly farming practices...

Afternoon Brief, June 11

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Data Shows Economists Are Wrong—Wine Industry Doesn’t Support Trump: Quite recently the American Association of Wine Economists (AAWE) made headlines by publishing a dataset highlighting presidential campaign contributions originating from individuals in the wine industry. It created a bit of a stir, particularly the AAWE’s conclusion that “The U.S. Wine Industry overwhelmingly supports President Trump”. Some thought this conclusion misrepresented the data and reality...

Afternoon Brief, May 14

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Oregon Wineries Begin Reopening, Kicking Off with Those in 28 of 36 Counties: After having closed tasting rooms for almost two months to on-premise wine tastings and consumption, on May 7th, Oregon Governor Kate Brown announced the plans for the Phase One reopening of Oregon wineries and tasting rooms...

Afternoon Brief, April 28

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Increase in Number of Alcohol Buying Consumers Drives Off-Premise Growth: Nielsen Beverage Alcohol Practice reports total alcohol sales are up 15.9% in Nielsen off-premise channels for the week ending April 18, 2020 compared to the same week last year, though -0.6% from the previous week...

Afternoon Brief, January 9

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Wine’s Most Inspiring People 2020: Leading with the Future in Mind: As a third-generation descendant of an iconic Napa Valley wine family and the owner of the oldest winery in Napa Valley, Peter Mondavi, Jr. understands the difficulty of keeping a family-owned winery in family hands...

Nearly 3-Dozen Elected Officials Say No to Mega-Wine & Liquor Store...

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Following a strong outcry by local Queens small business wine and liquor store merchants against a proposed mega chain liquor store in College Point...

Afternoon Brief, July 25

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Foley Family Wines of Santa Rosa President Hugh Reimers Abruptly Leaves Company: Hugh Reimers, a hard-charging Australian wine executive, abruptly left his position this week as president of Foley Family Wines of Santa Rosa less than two years after being hired to bolster the company's position in the marketplace...

Afternoon Brief, March 4

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Napa Valley Vintner John R. Shafer Dies at Age 94: The Shafer family is deeply saddened to announce the death of their father, longtime vintner, philanthropist and winery founder, John Shafer on March 2, 2019...

Afternoon Brief, February 22

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Roederer Buys Sonoma's Merry Edwards Winery: The Louis Roederer Champagne house has purchased Russian River Valley Pinot Noir specialist Merry Edwards Winery. The deal includes the brand and its inventory, as well as the winery and tasting room in Sebastopol and 79 acres spread over six vineyards...

Afternoon Brief, January 25

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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

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

Afternoon Brief, December 13

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Opus One Sues Supplier Alleging Barrels Were Contaminated with TCA: A Napa Valley winery has filed a lawsuit for more than $470,000 over the sale of barrels allegedly contaminated with 2,4,6-trichloroanisole (TCA), according to court records...

Afternoon Brief, October 30

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Napa Vineyard Worker Dies After Getting Pulled into Grape-Picking Machine: A worker was killed Monday afternoon at a Napa vineyard after getting stuck in a grape harvesting machine. The Napa man was working near the machine at Deconinck Vineyards when his clothing caught in it, pulling him in and killing him...

Afternoon Brief, March 22

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Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: Final Settlement on Winery Ammonia Death Gibson Wine Co., an agricultural cooperative in Sanger, Calif. agreed to a...

Afternoon Brief, December 1

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Move Over Bottles, Wine in Cans Capturing the Millennial Demand The wine business is slowly turning to aluminum cans in response to the consumer demands of millennials, a panel of industry leaders noted on Thursday...