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Afternoon Brief, February 20

When Amazon Hasn't Cracked the Code on Online Alcohol, How Can Grocers? : 2019 was a year filled with retail innovation, especially within grocery. Between robot delivery services and experiential pop-ups, it would seem as though we've mastered our understanding of consumer behavior and created products and services to meet those needs...

Afternoon Brief, December 19

Michael De Loach of Michael De Loach Brands, acts as a broker and marketing consultant for many small-to-medium brands, like Selby Wines, Bucher, Davis Family and Bennet Lane ...

Larkmead Vineyards Celebrates 125 Years with Donation to Digitize Work of...

The UC Davis Library announced today that it received a $200,000 gift from the owners of Larkmead Vineyards, Cameron “Cam” Baker and Kate Solari...

Afternoon Brief, December 11

True Consumer Choice Beginning to Impact Alcoholic Beverage Industry: Cheryl Durzy, CEO and founder of Liberation Distribution (LibDib), thinks the time for real consumer choice in the alcoholic beverage industry is about to dawn as consumer behavior, retailer services, and increased 3-tier access trends converge. For wineries this presents an opportunity, but is no slam dunk...

Beckstoffer Vineyards, in Partnership with University of California, Davis and Duarte...

Trial Includes 3,600 Vines with Ten Cabernet Clones on Ten Rootstocks at Beckstoffer’s Amber Knolls Vineyard (Kelseyville, Calif.—November 5, 2019) – Andy Beckstoffer, perhaps the...

Afternoon Brief, October 21

Wineries Sue Insurers for $20 Million in Smoke Taint Losses - Kunde and Vintage Wine Estates (VWE) have filed suit against their insurers at Sonoma County Superior Court collectively seeking approximately $20 million in losses. The wineries claim their insurers wrongfully refused to pay for smoke taint damages caused by the October 2017 Northern California wildfires ...

Afternoon Brief, August 6

US Remains ‘Most Attractive’ Wine Market, According to New Report: The US has again topped the list as the most attractive wine market in the world, though the sustained volume growth of the past decade has largely subsided, according to Wine Intelligences Global Compass 2019 report...

Afternoon Brief, July 24

Napa Winemakers Tap Sonoma for Pinot, Chardonnay: Pinot noir has been called many things. The heartbreak grape. Temperamental. Finicky. Demanding. Untrustworthy. Difficult to grow and vinify. Yet once in the bottle, pinot noir undergoes a personality transformation...

Afternoon Brief, May 31

Napa Valley Wine Grape Grower Appeals $37,000 in Penalties in Harvester Death: A Napa County wine grape grower is appealing penalties from California labor regulators after a vineyard worker died in an accident during last years harvest...

Afternoon Brief, April 19

Wine Executives Debate the Promise and Peril of Millennial Wine Consumers: Top wine executives on Thursday offered differing views on the promise and peril of marketing wine to millennials, who are poised to overtake baby boomers this year as the largest generation in the United States...

Afternoon Brief, August 9

The Wine Mavericks That Heralded a New Generation at U.C. Davis - Recently, I had dinner with my partners uncle, Dan Baron, and he opened a bottle from his new label, Complaint. Vinified in Napa, California, from fruit cultivated in the Santa Lucia Highlands of Monterey County, that Pinot Noir was one of the brightest, most lithe California wines I've tried ...

Afternoon Brief, March 28

For Cancer Risk, a Bottle of Wine Equals This Many Cigarettes: Drinking a bottle of wine per week may be like smoking five to 10 cigarettes in the same time period, in terms of cancer risk, according to a new study from the United Kingdom ...

Afternoon Brief, January 22

Supreme Court's Wine-Regulation Case Focuses on Protectionism:

Afternoon Brief, January 7

Organic Grape Growing Harms Vineyard Soil, Says a Consumer Advocacy Group: According to the pro-science consumer advocacy group, American Council on Science and Health (ACSH), organic wine may not be good for the earth-or at the very least, it's bad for the local vineyard soil...

Afternoon Brief, October 19

As North Coast Grape Harvest Nears End, Wine Industry Frets About Oversupply: As he walked around a cabernet sauvignon vineyard along a hilly stretch just west of Lake Sonoma this week, Clay Mauritson couldn't help but be bullish about his 2018 grape vintage...