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Afternoon Brief, April 1

Coronavirus Brings Quick Changes to State Alcohol Laws: States are temporarily relaxing laws on alcohol purchases, providing a major win to the beer, wine and spirits lobby during the coronavirus pandemic...

TTB Alcohol Beverage Labeling and Advertising Regulations Final Rule

On April 2, 2020, TTB will publish a final rule to address certain proposals included in Notice 176, Modernization of the Labeling and Advertising Regulations for...

Afternoon Brief, March 30

U.S. Wineries Estimated March Loss More Than $400 Million: A survey conducted by the Wine America trade group found about 10% of U.S. wineries have collectively lost about $40.4 million so far in March - and extrapolated those numbers to assume the entire sector lost more than $400 million this month as a result of the coronavirus pandemic...

Afternoon Brief, March 27

Wine Lessons from a Past Epidemic: The 2003 SARS epidemic hit Chinas wine trade hard. While some companies collapsed, others came out stronger. Ian Ford speaks to Felicity Carter about what he saw...

Afternoon Brief, December 13

The Financial Penalty Wineries Now Pay for Climate Change: There is a hidden cost of climate change to wine producers and the Australian wine industry had a small taste of it in the lead up to Christmas, from rising insurance premiums to cancelled winery tours...

Afternoon Brief, November 12

Missing: 6 Million Female Premium Wine Drinkers: Women are significantly under-represented among US wine drinkers who spend $15 or more on a bottle. Could they be the next growth opportunity?

Afternoon Brief, November 1

U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein Says Senate Approves New Funding, Resources for Combating California Wildfires: Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) on Thursday released the following statement after helping securing additional wildfire funding and resources in the package of funding bills passed by the Senate...

Afternoon Brief, September 20

North Coast Grape Growers Fear Tons of Fruit Will Be Left on the Vine Unsold: As he hustled around a flatbed trailer parked along the road earlier this week, Will Ivancovich was abuzz during the first day of grape picking for this years harvest at his Kenwood vineyard. Clad in a white fedora hat and with an unlit cigar dangling from his mouth, the 71-year-old Ivancovich easily kept up with the workers decades younger...

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...