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Afternoon Brief, July 8

Canned Wine Producers See Proposed Rule Changes as a Chance to Expand Their Potential: Canned wines, which for the past few year have been turning the market upside-down, received a significant shout-out Wednesday from Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., who took a ride over to the Finger Lakes wine region and pushed for the end of size restrictions...

Consumers Clearly Prefer Smaller Sizes of Wine-in-a-Can. Ask TTB to Allow...

Study Authors: Dr. Robert Williams Jr., from WICresearch.com; Dr. Helena Williams, and Matthew Bauman, from Texas Tech University Recent research by WICresearch.com which involved a...

Afternoon Brief, May 29

Fire, Smoke Damages Windsor Winery Warehouse, 300 Barrels of Wine: Fire Tuesday night sparked by staining rags badly damaged a Windsor winery warehouse and some 300 barrels of wine, according to a Sonoma County Fire District official. The Hillview Road fire at Notre Vue Estate Winery and Vineyard...

Afternoon Brief, May 28

Purple Wine + Spirits Seeks Sizable Change to West Sonoma County Winery: At a time when a number of North Coast vintners have been trying to get permission to expand how much wine they can produce, Purple Wine + Spirits wants to dramatically reduce the number of bottles and trucks that roll out of its large west Sonoma County winery...

Afternoon Brief, April 29

Turning a Critical Eye on Wine Critics: One of the frequent digs made in the Cabernet-infused cock pit of the bad old days (the Robert Parker bulletin board in the mid-noughties) was that, while the likes of Decanter magazine and certain wine competitions were all very well, their group tasting approach could smother the individual greatness of certain wines and the individual insights that came with the lone star approach...

Afternoon Brief, April 3

E. & J. Gallo Winery Announces Deal with Constellation Brands: E. & J. Gallo Winery (Gallo) announced today that it has entered into an agreement with Constellation Brands, Inc. to purchase more than 30 wine and spirits brands, along with six winemaking facilities located in California, Washington, and New York...

Afternoon Brief, March 19

Vintage Wine Estates Purchases 1,986 Acre Laetitia Winery Estate on the California Central Coast: Vintage Wine Estates has purchased Laetitia Vineyard & Winery. Laetitia, located in the Arroyo Grande AVA, is one of the notable, foundation wineries of the region...

Afternoon Brief, March 15

Big Vintners Face Challenges as Market Growth Slows: Shifting market conditions mean the wine industry needs to meet consumers where they're at, according to the latest data from market research firm Gomberg, Fredrikson & Associates...

Afternoon Brief, February 22

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 31

Wine and Sex Off the Millennial Menu The State of the Industry presentation Wednesday at the annual Unified Wine & Grape Symposium in Sacramento wasn't quite as gloomy as Silicon Valley Bank's dark take on the future two weeks earlier. Instead of "duck and cover", it was more motivational, as grapegrowers were encouraged to strap their boots on and fight for their future...

Afternoon Brief, January 9

Constellation Brands Plunges Most in Six Years on Forecast Cut: Constellation Brands Inc., the alcohol giant betting big on the cannabis industry, plunged the most since 2013 after the company cut its profit outlook and indicated its beer business is slowing down...

Afternoon Brief, January 8

Napa County Winery Permit Enforcement Deadline Spurs Scramble for Professionals: Napa County is undertaking a sizable effort this year to tighten enforcement of limits on how much local wineries can grow. But with less than three months until a deadline to file for permit modifications, there's growing concern among the small cadre of professionals usually tasked with such documentation about meeting the deadline...

Afternoon Brief, December 26

Beer, Spirits, & Wine - Packaged Imports Grow +8.3% by Value Over Last Twelve Months Through October 2018, Packaged Exports Decline -10.3%: Total beverage alcohol imports (including bulk and packaged) grew +7.7% by value over the last twelve months and grew +5.6% by value over the last three months...

Afternoon Brief, December 14

The Great Haut-Brion Price Hack: It's no surprise that the most expensive wine traded on the Liv-Ex fine wine exchange in 2018 was one that dragged the superlatives from the critics. Such wines are obviously rare and expensive, especially when they come from Bordeaux, but we've found a little hack that could see you getting similar quality for a much-reduced price...

Afternoon Brief, December 12

Illinois Distributor's Massive Payout to TTB: As the Washington DC-based Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) ramps up its trade practice-enforcement investigations, more wholesalers are appearing on their radar for foul play and Tied House infractions...