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Afternoon Brief, September 17

Sonoma County Winery Faces Record $172,000 Fine for Alleged Vineyard Work Violations: A Geyserville winery and its billionaire owner face a record fine from Sonoma County agriculture officials who contend the Alexander Valley company destroyed nearly an acre of land this summer through hillside grading and conducted other unpermitted work...

Afternoon Brief, August 18

Fire Threatens Napa Vineyards: Growers and producers are on the alert in California's wine country as fire rears its head again...

Afternoon Brief, August 13

No Relief for U.S. Wine Consumers - Tariffs on European Wines Remain in Place: Trade Representative says 25 percent duties will remain in place for most French, Spanish and German wines; importers and merchants say the tariffs are killing American jobs...

Afternoon Brief, July 9

Michigan Slaps Liquor Distributor with 'Historic' $3 Million Fine: A spirits distributor tied to a 2019 liquor shortage in Michigan will face a $3 million fine, which state officials labeled "historic" and "unprecedented" in a Wednesday announcement...

Columbia Distributing Expands Treasury Wine Estates Business to Washington State 

PORTLAND, Oregon – (July 1, 2020) – Just six months after being awarded distribution rights in the state of Oregon for Treasury Wine Estates...

Afternoon Brief, June 4

Robots Armed with UV Light Fight Grape Mildew: Robots fitted with ultraviolet light lamps that roam vineyards at night are proving effective at killing powdery mildew, a devastating pathogen for many crops, including grapes...

Afternoon Brief, June 3

Sonoma County Health Officer Set to Fully Resume Indoor Dining at Restaurants, Wineries and Brewpubs: Barring a spike in coronavirus cases or people needing hospital care for the highly contagious infectious disease, Sonoma County Health Officer Dr. Sundari Mase said Tuesday she plans to reopen a big portion of economic activity by Saturday...

Afternoon Brief, May 4

A $7 Million Fund for Out-Of-Work Bartenders Could End up Not Helping Most Applicants. Why?: For Bay Area bartenders, the world changed on March 15 when Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered all bars in California to close...

Afternoon Brief, April 30

The Disintegration of the Wine Tourism Economy: The welcome mat for Sonoma County’s wine country was rolled up several weeks ago in the midst of the COVID-19 shelter-in-place, and there is no prediction of when it might be rolled out again...

Afternoon Brief, April 8

Off-Premise Wine Sales Boom Weakening: The off-premise alcohol purchasing frenzie sparked by the pandemic lockdown peaked in the first full week, and wine sales were down -24% comparatively in the following week ending March 28, according to Nielsen data...

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 ...