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Afternoon Brief, November 19

Harvard Spent $100 Million on Vineyards. Now It's Fighting with the Neighbors: Four years ago, Harvard University bought an old cattle ranch in the foothills of the Sierra Madre Mountains. On an arid expanse north of Santa Barbara, California, the schools endowment set out to make money from a notoriously tricky business: vineyards ...

Afternoon Brief, October 25

Constellation Dumps Cheap Wine for Weed: Cannabis is hot, believes the third-largest wine company in the US. Mexican beer is hot. Cheap wine, though? That's old business, best dumped on somebody else ...

Afternoon Brief: September 26

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: Napa's Bremer Case May Have Larger Winery Visitation Implications Napa Countys court case against Bremer Family Winery east...

Afternoon Brief, September 25th

Oregon Moves to Protect Wine From False Labels: Oregon pinot noir is so popular that some winemakers elsewhere are making false links to the states viticultural areas for their own wines, and might be breaking the law, experts testified Monday at a hearing at the Capitol...

Afternoon Brief, September 21

A Clash Between Cotton and Cabernet? : The Texas High Plains has the potential to be a grape grower's paradise. This plateau near the New Mexico border is now home to nearly 5,000 acres planted to wine grapes...

Afternoon Brief, September 20

Large Wineries Are Rejecting Smoke Exposed Lake and Mendocino County Grapes: Large wineries, most notably Constellation Brands and Treasury Wine Estates, are now exercising the option to skip a vintage with many growers. They've been rejecting a significant share of the wine grapes they source from...

Afternoon Brief, September 14

Vineyards in a Hurry to Harvest Grapes as Hurricane Florence Looms Closer: Grocery stores aren't the only places experiencing a rush before the storm, some wineries across central Virginia are hurrying to harvest grapes. Winemakers say they're harvesting their crop about a week ahead of schedule...

Afternoon Brief, September 13

Making the Most of Dwindling Customer Engagement Opportunities: The biggest difference between tasting rooms and wine clubs that perform beyond expectation and those that don't, is an organizational commitment to employee training, according to the 2017 VinQuest direct to consumer benchmark report...

Grape Shortage Exacerbated as Growing Demand Collides with Bad Weather and...

Kevin Atticks, the longtime executive director of the Maryland Wineries Association, has seen a rapid growth of wineries in his state and others around it the last 10 years. It’s a business model that continues to outpace vineyards, which cover 800 acres across Maryland with another 100 new acres not yet producing.

Afternoon Brief, August 22

Napa Wine M&A Market Remains 'Robust' Despite Rising Vineyard, Grape Prices: Vineyard values and grape prices continue to hit new highs in Napa County, but the ongoing thirst for prime wines from the region continues to propel acquisitions of brands and properties that can put the Napa name on the bottle ...

Afternoon Brief, August 14

Healdsburg Wine Company Truett-Hurst Sells Off Wholesale Business to Seattle Firm Truett-Hurst Inc. announced Monday it has sold its wholesale wine business for $18 million and will focus solely on its direct-to-consumer business ...

Afternoon Brief, July 12

Napa County Superior Court will consider whether Bremer Family Winery is a recalcitrant, rule-breaking rogue winery or the victim of a bad rap...

Wine Consumers Tasting Cabernets

By Denise Gardner I was recently at a wedding in which one of the guests brought her glass of wine to me and said, “Taste...

Afternoon Brief, June 25

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: Wine and Weed Go to War in Oregon Pot legalization has pitted a wine farmer against a weed...

Afternoon Brief, June 21

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: Is Originality Overpriced When It Comes to Wine? Replica Wine, a Colorado company, is reverse-engineering famous wines to...