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Winery Association Leaders Converge in Washington, D.C. for Inaugural Conference

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“You can’t find a successful wine region that doesn’t have a strong winery association tied to it.” So proclaims George Christie, President of the Wine Industry Network (WIN) and primary organizer of the Wine Association Leadership Conference (WALC) that’s taking place in conjunction with USBevX 2017, this coming February 22-24 in Washington, D.C.

Afternoon Brief, September 26

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Harvest Fair Awards Gala Names Coveted Sweepstakes Winners: Family-owned wineries - both large and small - won the coveted sweepstakes awards Sunday at the Sonoma County Harvest Fair Awards Gala...

Afternoon Brief, September 23

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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 21

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Maryland Booze Peddlers Cheated NYC Distributor Out of Millions of Dollars in Tax-Dodging Scheme, Lawsuit Alleges: The metropolitan area's largest distributor of wine and spirits has filed a civil racketeering lawsuit alleging two liquor wholesalers in Maryland schemed with an assortment of retailers to smuggle millions of dollars' worth of alcohol to New York City to avoid paying the higher excise tax here...

2017 U.S. Wine & Beverage Expo Opens Attendee Registration

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2nd Annual USBevX Focuses on “The Quality Revolution” HEALDSBURG, CA, September 21, 2016 – Attendee registration has officially opened for the 2017 U.S. Wine and...

Maintaining Authenticity in an Era of Acquisitions

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What happens when appealing, homegrown brands mature? When their success, largely driven by millennial consumption, attracts the interests of corporate businesses keen to tap into what is becoming an increasingly lucrative market share?

Afternoon Brief, March 4

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El Niño’s Long-Awaited Grand Performance Is on Its Way to California
: After a crushingly dry February, it looks as if early to mid-March is likely to bring California some of the serious moisture it needs from the 2015-16 El Niño event, and perhaps some unwanted flooding and mudslides...

Afternoon Brief, February 29

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El Niño Heads Back to California This Week After Hiatus: El Niño storms could blanket central and northern California this week following a mostly February dry spell, according to meteorologist Terry Snow of the Weather Advisory Service...

Afternoon Brief, February 26

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Farm Labor Contractor, Vineyard Pay $42K in Penalties for Providing Deplorable Housing Conditions to Farm Workers in Sonoma County: Investigators from the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division found farm labor contractor Four Seasons Vineyard Management and winemaker Ridge Vineyards in violation of the Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act for providing deplorable housing conditions to farm workers in northern Sonoma County...

Afternoon Brief, February 22

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Peter Mondavi, Napa Valley Wine Pioneer, Dies at 101: Peter Mondavi Sr., a Napa Valley pioneer who steered his family's Charles Krug Winery through more than a half-century of revolutionary change in the American wine industry, died Feb. 20 at his home in St. Helena, on the Charles Krug estate, surrounded by his family...

US Beverage Industry Expo Ignites Conversation on the “New Normal” in...

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WASHINGTON, DC (February 22, 2016)– The US Beverage Industry Expo (USBevX) successfully concluded two-plus days of provocative dialogue that boldly presented the idea of...

Afternoon Brief, February 12

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Sonoma County Winegrowers Learn How to Combat Pierce’s Disease at Shone Farm Workshop: Thousands of Sonoma County vines have been pulled out and replanted over the past two years, thanks to an outbreak of Pierce's disease given a boost by the recent string of warmer winters, growers and vineyard managers learned at a workshop Thursday on combating the disease...

Hamel Family Chair in Wine Business to Address Inaugural U.S. Beverage...

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Dr. Damien Wilson Invited to Provide Global Thought Leadership on Recent Movements in $400 Billion U.S. Adult Beverage Industry Rohnert Park, California – The...

Running a Family Business

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If you are in a family business – Come to DC February 17 & 18 for U.S. Beverage Industry Expo where I will be moderating...

Afternoon Brief, February 10

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Bordeaux Added to Pesticide Blacklist: Living in a famous wine region like Bordeaux sounds idyllic, but a recent investigation shows it's not such a hot idea especially if you have kids...