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Afternoon Brief, October 2

Four Ways to Make a Winery More Profitable: The balance of power has changed in Australian wine, according to a speaker at the recent Wine Industry IMPACT Conference. Australian producers now have an unprecedented opportunity to "claw margin back" and take control of their own financial future...

Afternoon Brief, May 7

Concern over Accurate Labeling Grows Despite decades in which California wine producers have sadly, yet legally and profitably labeled their products as "Champagne," and "Port," advocates of what a geographical place really conveys are finally fighting to get what they believe is essential information conveyed to consumers at large...

Afternoon Brief, February 14

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: Silicon Valley Bank Predicts the US Wine Industry Is at the Tail End of a 20-Year Growth...

Afternoon Brief, April 4

Domaine Chandon Fined for Spilling Waste into Napa River Domaine Chandon Inc. has been ordered to pay roughly $24,000 for spilling wine waste into a tributary of the Napa River in the Napa Valley last summer according to court records...

Afternoon Brief, January 24

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: Marijuana and Labor Shortages Are Giving the Wine Industry a Headache The U.S. wine industry is poised for...

Afternoon Brief, January 23

Walt Ranch Approvals Head to Court: A judge will have the final word in Napa County's multi-year Walt Ranch hillside vineyard development battle...

Afternoon Brief, December 21

Trinchero Family Estates Purchases Mason Cellars, Pomelo Brand: Trinchero Family Estates today announced its acquisition of Mason Cellars, owners of Pomelo and Three Pears wines. As the super-premium ($7-10) and ultra-premium ($10-15) segments continue to show growth, this acquisition adds an important offering to the Trinchero family of brands...

Afternoon Brief, December 7

Denver Wine Collector Loses $1.7 Million to Crooked Vendor, Sues Insurer: A Denver wine collector who once ran the nation's fourth largest HMO has sued an insurance company for failing to cover his losses after a California vendor took the collector's payment for $1.7 million and instead of using it to buy wine, spent the money to hire female escorts, buy luxury cars and pay his daughter's college tuition...

Afternoon Brief, December 5

Korbel’s Gary Heck Recognized for Lifetime Achievement at Wine Industry Awards: The Heck family has been helm of the 134-year-old Korbel wine brand for six decades. Gary Heck for four of those decades has been carrying on the Korbel brothers' legacy of making fine Champagne-method bubbly in the U.S...

Afternoon Brief, November 29

The Immigrants Who Help Make Your Wine Are Afraid of Trump: On election night in Napa Valley, Enrique Ayón was glued to the TV. Ayón, a Mexican citizen who's worked in the wine industry for 20 years, was sure Clinton would win - she had experience, and he couldn't imagine voters would support Trump after the way he had insulted Mexicans and women, among others...

Afternoon Brief, November 28

Free Flow Wines Sparkles with Innovation on Tap and Beyond the Keg: Free Flow Wines saw the rising popularity of sparkling wines and the category's particular challenges for delivering an optimal by the glass experience as an opportunity to expand the portfolio of services they offer, and their innovative work to create a sparkling keg program for wineries was recognized with a 2016 WINnovation Award...

Afternoon Brief, November 9

What a Trump Presidency Might Mean for Wine: Donald Trump's victory in the US presidential election is the second time this year that markets and political pundits have been caught out...

Afternoon Brief, April 9

Constellation Sees 24% Net Sales Increase: Constellation Brands has reported a 24% increase to net sales in its 2015 end of year results, largely propelled by its Mexican beer business...

Afternoon Brief, December 9

Top Grapes Strengthen Their Grip: Global wine production is showing signs of increasing homogeneity as international varieties expand their share of the worlds vineyards...

Afternoon Brief, December 8

New US Beverage Industry Expo Launched: Last April, the Wine Industry Network (WIN) announced the launch of a new, Washington, D.C. based event aptly named, the U.S. Beverage Industry Expo (USBevX). This unique trade show and conference is focused exclusively on the Craft Beer, Cider, Spirits, and Wine industries and will highlight the newest and most innovative products and services currently available...