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Afternoon Brief, December 29th

How the Coronavirus, Wildfires Are Changing How California Fine Wines Are Sold: The North Coast wine business had been facing slowing sales growth and increasing competition from other premium adult beverages even before this year’s coronavirus pandemic response led to months-long stretches of closures of key sales channels in tasting rooms and restaurants and wildfires caused tens of thousands of grape tons to not be harvested...

Afternoon Brief, January 24

Rodney Strong Vineyards Statement on Wine Leak: In the early afternoon of Wednesday, January 22nd, 2020, we became aware of a leak in one of our blending tanks. We worked urgently to contain the leak and save as much wine as we could...

Afternoon Brief, January 21

Château Smith-Haut-Lafitte Owners Buy Napa’s Flora Springs Winery: Bordeaux's Cathiard family plans to launch a new venture; the Komes and Garvey families will keep the Flora Springs brand and their other vineyards...

In International Wine Competition, U.S. Supermarket Wines Are Catching Up with...

NEW YORK – U.S. supermarket wines, once considered to be poorly made and rarely worth drinking, scored a major success at the 2019 International...

Afternoon Brief: August 16

U.S. Wine Sales up Despite Import Competition: Steady growth in U.S. wine sales continued through July, traditionally a slower season for purchases and direct-to-consumer shipments...

Afternoon Brief, June 26

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: California White Wines Innovate Both Within and Beyond Chardonnay With expansive growing regions and a world-class reputation, California...

Afternoon Brief, June 27

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: The One Shift in Thinking About Wine That Could Help Professionals Everywhere It is not our job to...

Afternoon Brief, January 11

San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition Draws 6,850 Entries: This week's San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition won't break last year's record, but the 6,850 entries still makes it the largest in the United States...

Afternoon Brief, July 2

Constellation Brands Stock Shoots for the Stars: In case you were wondering, Constellation Brands (STZ) has nothing to do with astronomy, although you may feel like you’re in the night sky after consuming their wine, beer, spirits, and specialty beverages.

Afternoon Brief, July 1

Vinexpo: a New Energy: There was a renewed confidence among wine and spirits professionals at Vinexpo 2015, held in Bordeaux, France from June 14-18.

Afternoon Brief, April 3

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief Trending Story: Can Bordeaux Woo Back Americans? Bordeaux hopes to woo back the US market, thanks, in part, to the strength of...

And the best wine retailer in America is?

In my travels and lectures I am often asked, and by often I mean many times a day, who I feel the best retailer...