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Afternoon Brief, June 18th

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California Fire Season Starts Early: At least nine wineries in Sonoma County's Dry Creek Valley were evacuated Sunday by a fast-moving wildfire. Another 13 wineries were facing an evacuation warning, depending on how fast the fire spreads...

Afternoon Brief, June 11th

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Spotted Lanternfly Egg Masses Intercepted in California: The California Association of Winegrape Growers (CAWG) is bringing attention to the discovery of recent Spotted Lanternfly (SLF) egg masses on a shipment originating from New York and destined for Sonoma County. The egg masses were intercepted at the Truckee Border Protection Station in late March. This is the first finding of SLF egg masses in California...

Afternoon Brief, June 4th

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FTC Preparing Lawsuit over Alcohol Pricing: The FTC is targeting Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits, the largest U.S. alcohol distributor, with a Depression-era price discrimination law not used by the agency in more than 20 years....

Afternoon Brief, May 31st

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U.S. Department of Commerce Makes Affirmative Subsidy Determination in Trade Case on Glass Wine Bottles from China: In a victory for the U.S. glass industry, the U.S. Department of Commerce (Commerce) has preliminarily determined that the government of China unfairly subsidizes its glass wine bottle industry...

Afternoon Brief, May 29th

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Oregon Wineries Sue Pacificorp for $100 Million for Smoke Damage: Some 30 wineries in Willamette Valley are suing Warren Buffett’s energy company PacifiCorp for negligence surrounding the 2020 wildfires that caused catastrophic smoke taint to their crops...
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Afternoon Brief, May 16th

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Windsor Winery Owner Accused of Years of Childhood Sexual Assault by His Sister in Lawsuit: The owner of a prominent Sonoma County winery is accused of sexually assaulting his sister over years when they were both children in a lawsuit in San Francisco County court...

Afternoon Brief, May 14th

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Storied Washington Producer Betz Family Winery Acquired by Ackley Brands: Ackley Brands, a family-owned beverage company in Seattle with a portfolio of iconic brands across the Pacific Northwest, proudly announces its milestone acquisition of Betz Family Winery...
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Afternoon Brief, May 10th

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Two Napa Valley Wine Companies Embroiled in Lawsuit over $120,000 in Grapes: An Atlas Peak vineyard has filed suit in Napa Superior Court, claiming it was stiffed on nearly $120,000 worth of grapes...
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Afternoon Brief, May 9th

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Wait, the Cheapest Bottle on a Wine List Costs How Much Now?: Less than a decade ago, it was routine to find great wines under $40 at top New York City restaurants. What happens when even entry-level wines feel like luxury items?...
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Afternoon Brief, May 8th

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In a Major Pinot Noir Purchase, Constellation Buys Sta. Rita Hills Icon Sea Smoke: The Santa Barbara County winery was a key player in the region’s Pinot Noir and Chardonnay renaissance...
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Afternoon Brief, May 7th

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New Oklahoma Law Says Businesses No Longer Need to Check ID’s Before Serving Alcohol: Under the law, sellers can still be held responsible for selling or serving alcoholic beverages to a person under 21...
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Afternoon Brief, May 6th

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California Wine Grape Acres Dip in 2023, May Plummet in 2024: California wine grape acreage declined nearly 1% in 2023, according to an annual government report, but the president of the California Association of Winegrape Growers expects a steep dropoff this year due to oversupply...
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Afternoon Brief, May 2nd

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How Wine Brands Are Leveraging Douyin’s 750 Million Daily Users to Boost Sales: Douyin, the Chinese version of TikTok, commands an unparalleled audience, making it a powerhouse in driving digital sales across countless categories—including wine...
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Afternoon Brief, April 26th

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Global Wine Demand Drops to 27-Year Low as High Prices Hit: Global wine consumption fell to its lowest level since 1996 last year as inflation sent prices to record highs, deterring consumers already facing lower spending power, the International Organisation for Vine and Wine (OIV) said on Thursday...
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Afternoon Brief, April 25th

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Neo-Prohibitionists and What the Wine Trade Can Do: One of the most interesting panels at Vinitaly was on the topic of the anti-alcohol movement and its impact on consumers. The panellists also discussed ways to push back against disinformation...