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Afternoon Brief, December 11

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Holiday Horror Stories from the Land of Retail: When trouble strikes in retail, it's often during the holidays. The two-week period around Christmas and New Year's Eve is the biggest time of year for wine sales in the U.S...

Afternoon Brief, December 10

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A 31% Increase in Number of California Wineries Makes Financial Success That Much Harder: The global investment firm Rabobank November 2018 Wine Quarterly included a few important takeaways from the Wine Industry Financial Symposium held this autumn in Napa, California. In its introduction to the report, the bank got my attention with this about California: "Wineries of all sizes need to find new owners."

Afternoon Brief, November 30

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Napa Vintner, Oregon Officials Meet to Defuse Wine-Labeling Dispute: Oregon regulators and a California winery accused of misrepresenting the Oregon origins of its bestselling pinot noir, an act which infuriated local winemakers, said Thursday after a preliminary meeting they're hopeful they can resolve the dispute...

Afternoon Brief, November 27

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California Winery Should Lose Oregon Licenses for Label Violations, Says OLCC: California winery Copper Cane should lose its licenses to distribute wine or do retail business within the state of Oregon, the Oregon Liquor Control Commission has recommended...

Afternoon Brief, November 15

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Smokey Summers a Winner for Wine Critics: California's ongoing worst wildfires ever will not affect the 2018 vintage, which is now in tanks and barrels. In fact, California's wines are better off than its people, as the inside of a stainless-steel tank might be the only place in the Golden State where you could breathe easily right now...

Afternoon Brief, November 12

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North Coast Wineries Bullish on Organic Grapes to Drive Growth: Walk down the aisle at the local Whole Foods Market or any other similar grocer. Almost everywhere you look, there are organic products on prominent display, from lettuce to macaroni and cheese to ice cream. But over at the wine section? Not so much...

Afternoon Brief, July 16

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French ministers' plans to require bigger health warnings on bottles of wine have provoked a furious response from leading chateaux, which say the move would damage 'the soul of France' and turn wine into a 'criminal product'...

Afternoon Brief, July 9

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Millions of Bottles of Spanish Rosé Sold as French: French authorities have uncovered millions of bottles of rosé imported in bulk from Spain being passed off as French, with at least one producer facing prison and fines of up to 300,000...

Afternoon Brief, May 25

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Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: United States Takes Action Against Canadian Trade Measures That Discriminate Against U.S. Wine U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny...

TTB Extends and Expands Alternate Procedure for Claiming New Federal Excise...

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — TTB announced today (Industry Circular 2018-1A) that it is expanding and extending the “alternate procedure” through Dec. 31, 2019 to allow...

Afternoon Brief, April 25

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Worker’s Family Sues Napa Valley Winery for Alleged Wrongful Death It's been nearly a year since Daniel Mario Colombo went through the roof and fell to his death at Sutter Home Winery in St. Helena, but his family is still suffering from the loss, according to a lawsuit filed last week...

Afternoon Brief, April 13

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Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: New Study Says Drinking Every Day Can Take Years Off Your Life and the Drinks Industry Is...

Afternoon Brief, March 20

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Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: Robert Haas, Influential American Vintner and Wine Importer, Dies at 90 Robert Haas, one of the leading lights...

Afternoon Brief, March 12

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40 Wines That Changed the Way We Drink Some wines are good, some are bad, and some are significant. Here are 40 that made a difference...

Afternoon Brief, March 9

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A Veteran Winemaker Throws Out the Wine-Selling Playbook Adam Lee wants to shake things up. "Selling wine isn't what I like to do," Lee says. He's good at it, of course. Lee is a darling of wine writers and consumers because he is outspoken, generous with his time and thoughts, and because, well, he makes darn good wine...
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