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Afternoon Brief, September 13th

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Wildfire Smoke Ruins Taste of Some Wines: Grapes exposed to smoke absorb chemicals that can alter — and sometimes ruin — the taste and smell of resultant wines. This “smoke taint” has become a growing concern for the industry...

Afternoon Brief, September 3rd

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Winery Insurance Coverage Reinstated by Fair Plan: On Thursday, the California FAIR Plan, the state’s insurer of last resort, announced it will resume offering basic insurance coverage for winery buildings and business personal property not involved with the growing and cultivating of grapes and crops...

Afternoon Brief, August 27th

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Afternoon Brief: By the end of 2021, 72.9 percent of online purchases will be made on mobile devices. Wineries already using scannable technology on their bottles, shelf talkers, or neckers are ahead in dollars, data, and consumer reach. | WIA Exclusive by Robin Shreeves...

Afternoon Brief, August 25th

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WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 25 TRENDING STORY   WIN's packXplore Conference Studies Consumer Acceptance of Nontraditional Wine Packaging Wine Industry Network continues to keep the industry informed despite continuing challenges...

Afternoon Brief, August 18th

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Redefining the Definition of Balanced Wine: Talking about “balanced wine” used to be perfectly acceptable—until about ten years ago, when the term suddenly became politicized...

Afternoon Brief, August 16th

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Right-Wine Extremist from L.A. Who Turned a Lodi Vineyard into a Shooting Range Cops a Plea with Feds: Right-wing extremist Benjamin Jong Ren Hung who, according to FBI court documents, turned his family’s Lodi-area vineyard into a militia-style, illegal firearms training camp — complete with human target mannequins — has signed a plea deal with federal prosecutors...

Afternoon Brief, August 10th

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Delicato-Coppola Deal Receives Federal Approval: The Federal Trade Commission approved the acquisition of Francis Ford Coppola Winery by Delicato, making Delicato the first winery in over a decade to break into the top five largest national wineries...

Afternoon Brief, August 9th

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Neither Wine or Cannabis Businesses Are for the Faint of Heart: Terry Wheatley, president of Vintage Wine Estates, delivers message of risk and success at Wine & Weed 2021...

Afternoon Brief, August 3rd

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State Cuts Off Hundreds of Russian River Growers, Ranchers and Others in Drastic Bid to Save Water: A day long dreaded by hundreds of ranchers, grape growers, farmers, water providers and towns arrived Monday as the state ordered them to stop diverting water from the Russian River watershed or be fined $1,000 a day...

Afternoon Brief, July 29th

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New York Star Sommelier Arrested and Accused of Arson: Caleb Ganzer, wine director and co-owner of La Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels, allegedly set fire to outdoor dining spaces at other restaurants...

Afternoon Brief, July 28th

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Is Wine Losing Its Hold on Younger Adults?: The boost for wine seen across a number of key wine markets in 2020 has masked a much more profound demographic trend amongst wine drinkers...

Afternoon Brief, July 27th

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Wine Industry Network Launches packXplore: Wine Industry Network (WIN) announced today that it is launching packXplore—a new virtual conference focused on wine packaging. Dedicated to helping wineries and wine brands discover and navigate the wide world of wine packaging, the conference is set to feature experts, insiders, and case studies

Afternoon Brief, July 19th

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Flooding Devastates Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands, Damaging Wineries in Ahr: More than 180 people are confirmed dead; Mosel vintners grapple with floodwaters while winemakers elsewhere organize relief efforts...

Afternoon Brief, July 13th

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Head of Hong Kong Wine Merchant Major Cellar Arrested: Joseph Leung, who has just resigned from Hong Kong listed wine company Major Cellar as director, has been arrested by police for allegedly embezzling HKD 25 million (US$3.21 million) worth of fine wines and spirits from a client, Vino Joy News has exclusively learned...

Afternoon Brief, July 12th

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Washington Winery Sale Raises Questions: Chateau Ste Michelle has a huge impact on the Washington wine industry, so what lies ahead after its sale?..