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Afternoon Brief, October 17

Constellation Buys Five of Charles Smith's Washington Wine Brands for $120 Million: Constellation Brands added to its burgeoning collection of premium wine brands, announcing this morning an agreement to purchase five Washington brands from Charles Smith Wines for $120 million...

Afternoon Brief, October 12

Sonoma County Grower Credits Great Growing-Season Weather for a Great 2016 Wine Grape Crop: By the end of the first week of October, the 2016 harvest was all but over for veteran Sonoma County wine grape grower Duff Bevill...

Afternoon Brief, September 29

The PlumpJack Group Acquires Howell Mountain Vineyard & Winemaking Facility as an Extension of CADE Estate Winery: The PlumpJack Group today announced the purchase of an 82-acre Howell Mountain vineyard and winemaking facility from Ladera Vineyards, which will be a natural extension of CADE Estate Winery, the first organically farmed LEED Gold Certified winery estate in Napa Valley...

Afternoon Brief, September 23

Healdsburg Vintner Truett-Hurst Sales Surge 19% for Fiscal Year: Healdsburg-based wine company Truett-Hurst Inc. capped its fiscal year with 19.1 percent growth in net sales, better margins and net loss turned down to a trickle, helped partly by cutting two challenging brands...

Afternoon Brief, September 20

Wine Retailers Throw Down Gauntlet Against Direct-Shipping Restrictions: The book on modern direct-to-consumer wine-shipping law was written at the U.S. Supreme Court in 2005 with the Granholm v. Healddecision...

Afternoon Brief, September 16

DTC Shipments Surge, Total Wine Sales Strong: A microalgae found in the sea off Brittany's coastline can wipe-out key vine diseases with new scientific tests in France showing 100% efficiency in destroying Downey Mildew...

Afternoon Brief, September 14

Running Winery Associations from the East Coast to the West Coast: Meet Morgen McLaughlin: Running a wine association takes a tireless multi-tasker. The job is a combination of strategy, business development, marketing, finance and politics...

Afternoon Brief, August 18

California Eradicates the European Grapevine Moth: In what's being heralded a "success story," California is officially eradicated of the European grapevine moth...

Afternoon Brief, July 8

Paul Hobbs Solidifies Position in the Sonoma Coast Acquiring Goldrock Ridge Vineyard: Winemaker Paul Hobbs has acquired the 42 acre Goldrock Ridge Vineyard, located in the northwest corner of the "true" Sonoma Coast appellation, near the town of Annapolis, CA, thus successfully concluding a quest that began over 3 years ago...

Afternoon Brief, June 29

A Quality Revolution and Opportunity for Domestic Rosé: Quality rosé is on the rise. For the past two consecutive years Nielsen has reported a 40-50% off-premise growth in the sale of rosé priced $8 and above...

Afternoon Brief, June 27

California Winemakers Press for Stricter Label Rules: California winemakers have now enlisted lawmakers and federal regulators in their latest effort to stop the dilution of some vintage names...

Afternoon Brief June 15

Her Side of the Story: Notes from Women Winemakers of Napa: Having many years in the wine industry, and settled into their high-profile work in the Napa Valley, these women comment on being a woman in the industry, and why gender isn't the defining factor...

Afternoon Brief June 8

Constellation Brands to Invest in New Zealand to Meet US Wine Demand - MD Simon Towns: Constellation Brands New Zealand has a new managing director, Simon Towns. Oliver Lewis talked to the leader of the largest wine exporter in the country about his plans to grow the business ...

Afternoon Brief June 7

Due to La Niña, Drought Could Get Worse This Winter: Last month, state water officials eased conservation mandates in response to slightly above-average winter rain and snow in much of California, leading many to speculate that the state's long-running drought has tapered off ...

Afternoon Brief May 26

Experts: Smaller 2016 Crop May Increase ‘Buyer Fatigue’ from High Grape, Wine Prices: The consumers' thirst for better-quality wine continues to deepen, but the diminishing North Coast supply of grapes and wine may mean less of the growth in higher-end brands will be coming from the region, market experts told a gathering of industry professionals in Napa on May 25 ...