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Afternoon Brief, February 21

As Low-End Wine Prices Fall, Premium Varieties Likely Won't Budge: If you're a connoisseur of fine wine, don't expect to get the same price breaks that are starting to appear among cheaper varieties...

Afternoon Brief, February 17

EU Wine and Spirits Avoid Tariff Hike but 25% Duties Remain: The US government has announced that current tariffs on still wines made in France, Germany, Spain and the UK, as well as Scotch whisky, will remain in place, but that duties will not be raised to 100%...

Afternoon Brief, February 12

A new Hard Six Cellars winery cannot be built in a remote, mountainous location south of Calistoga, the Napa County Board of Supervisors ruled on Tuesday ...

Afternoon Brief, February 3

John Hinman on the Consequences of Supreme Court Ruling on Nationwide Direct-to-Retailer Shipments: Has the time come for small and medium wineries to move beyond the 3-tier distribution system? Should they build direct-to-retailer (DTR) networks across states just as they have developed direct-to-consumer businesses?

Afternoon Brief, January 31

A California state senator on Thursday ended his effort to pass a bill requiring beverage distributors to create a new system to take back their own containers, though advocates said they will keep pushing the issue this year ...

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...

Columbia Distributing Welcomes Treasury Wine Estates to Growing Wine & Spirits...

PORTLAND, Oregon – (December 11, 2019) – Columbia Distributing announced today it has been awarded distribution rights in the state of Oregon for Treasury...

Afternoon Brief, December 6

California North Coast Wine Grape Growers Should Recognize Shift in Winery Demand, Broker Says: While the storm clouds of recession may be looming two to three years out for the overall U.S. economy, the wine business in the North Coast and elsewhere in California should be taking action now as consumer sales slow and the supply of grapes and wine in tanks increases, according to experts at an industry conference in Santa Rosa on Thursday ...

Afternoon Brief, October 14

PG&E Wants to Seize Private Vineyard Property for Liquid Natural Gas Plant in Calistoga: PG&E is taking Calistoga vineyard owner Terry Gard to court, to seize a portion of his land for a liquid natural gas plant. Since the beginning of the year, the utility has tried to reach an agreement with Gard, who steadfastly refuses to cede any of the property his family has farmed for generations...

Afternoon Brief, September 30

Russian River Valley Wines Sweep Top Honors at 2019 Sonoma County Harvest Fair Awards: A pinot noir, a chardonnay and a sparkling brut rosé - all produced from Russian River Valley grapes - won the coveted sweepstakes awards Sunday night at the Sonoma County Harvest Awards Gala...

Afternoon Brief, September 6

Why Winemakers Should Be Fighting Against Herbicide Drift: A grape grower whose vineyards have been damaged speaks out on why it's a threat to the industry...

Afternoon Brief, August 28

Wine Targeted by Instagram Money Grab: In recent weeks, social media companies, brands, influencers and even legislators have been feverishly debating what changes are being openly made, secretly made and should possibly be made in the future on the platforms we all love to hate and hate to love. There are, of course, billions of dollars at stake for everyone involved...

Afternoon Brief, August 22

Saving Cabernet from Climate Change: UC Cooperative Extension, Beckstoffer Vineyards and Duarte Nursery are launching the wine industry's most ambitious cabernet sauvignon rootstock and clone trial in the Red Hills of Lake County to give the varietal greater resilience to climate change...

Afternoon Brief, August 15

How Wine World Has Changed Since Poor 2017 Global Harvest : 2017 was a long, protracted nightmare for so much of the world of wine. Circumstances came together so that both the northern and southern hemispheres both endured bad harvests in most of the major wine producing countries ...

Afternoon Brief, August 9

North Coast Wine Industry Finds Potential Cannabis Business Ventures Appealing: Last year when Francis Ford Coppola unveiled a cannabis product line to go with his wine and hospitality empire, the famed film director was stepping into the unknown. The traditionally hidebound North Coast premium wine sector had held the emerging cannabis industry at arm's length, especially in Napa County, because of the stigma of stoners as well as state and federal regulatory concerns...