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Afternoon Brief, December 30

Winemaking is often thought of as a symbol of transformation. While the fermented drink dates back 9,000 years, the wine market is now experiencing its own transformation due to technological innovation, and the introduction of new business models ...

Afternoon Brief, December 20

By the time the Mendocino Complex Fires were officially contained on Oct. 4, 2018, five weeks after igniting, they had burned approximately 450,000 acres in Colusa, Lake, Glenn and Mendocino counties, making it the largest wildfire in California history ...

Afternoon Brief, December 2

Taking the Direct Route to Wine: Direct to Consumer (DtC) sales are rapidly growing in the US as more states relax their rules, benefiting both producer and consumer alike. However, treasury departments nationwide also stand to benefit from the host of taxes, fees, licenses and permits that individual states can impose ...

Afternoon Brief, November 27

Thanksgiving ‘Biggest Opportunity’ for Wine in US On-Trade Nielsen Shows: According to the Nielsen CGA Channel Strategy Report 2019 and Nielsen CGA On-Premise User Survey (OPUS) 2019, wine sales outperforms spirits, beer, cocktails and soft drinks during the week of Thanksgiving, with 39% of US consumers choosing to drink wine when out-of-home during the November holiday ...

Afternoon Brief, November 18

Wine Moguls Destroy Land and Pay Small Fines as Cost of Business, Say Activists: After California wine industry mogul Hugh Reimers illegally destroyed at least 140 acres of forest, meadow and stream in part to make way for new vineyards sometime last winter, according to a report from state investigators, state officials ordered the former executive of Jackson Family Wines to repair and mitigate the damage where possible ...

Afternoon Brief, November 14

Five Award Winning Innovations for the Wine Industry: Innovation often happens when a new or growing problem needs to be addressed, but sometimes it happens just because someone brings a new perspective and imagination to the industry...

Afternoon Brief, November 11

Sonoma County Studies Take Issue with Wine Industry’s Expansion, Scrutinizing Traffic, Events: Sonoma County wineries should bear the bulk of the responsibility for improving relations with rural neighbors, according to a pair of recently released county studies calling for fewer events, more coordination and a higher standard of review for new or expanding wineries...

Afternoon Brief, October 23

New Law, Citing Napa as Inspiration, Seeks to Change Status Quo of Farmworker Housing: A new law, drawing upon inspiration from Napas farmworker housing model, could transform the housing landscape for workers and their families statewide. The bill, AB 1783, creates new opportunity for streamlined creation of single-family farmworker housing on surplus agricultural land ...

Afternoon Brief, September 19

Napa Planning Commission Asks for More Time to Study Bremer Winery Compliance: Bremer Family Winery, which has been a focus of thorny county code and permit controversies, ran into a delay as it works to come into compliance. The winery recently settled with Napa County over a lawsuit in which the county alleged a variety of illegalities, which the Bremers contested...

Afternoon Brief, September 6

Why Winemakers Should Be Fighting Against Herbicide Drift: A grape grower whose vineyards have been damaged speaks out on why it's a threat to the industry...

Afternoon Brief, August 27

Wineries Share Their Point-of-Sale System Priorities and Experiences - Point-of-Sale systems in wineries seem to be a love-hate relationship many times the hate overcoming the love as the frustrations of adapting to changing and challenging environments puts a strain on winery personnel and the electronic retail and data system that supports their efforts ...

Afternoon Brief, August 16

The End of Cabernet in Napa Valley?: Cabernet Sauvignon grapes make Americas favorite wine, and they are the lifeblood of Napa Valley, our country’s most famous wine region. Cabernet accounts for 65 percent of the grapevines grown in Napa, where last year the crop reached a record $1 billion in gross value ...

Afternoon Brief, August 12

Amazon Plans New Wine Store: Online giant Amazon's footprint in the wine market is set to grow, with a bricks-and-mortar liquor store planned for San Francisco, boosting the company's existing Prime Now delivery service. According to the San Francisco Business Times' Business Insider, Amazon has applied to the city's Board of Supervisors for a license to set up a liquor store in the Dogpatch neighborhood of the city ...

Afternoon Brief, July 24

Napa Winemakers Tap Sonoma for Pinot, Chardonnay: Pinot noir has been called many things. The heartbreak grape. Temperamental. Finicky. Demanding. Untrustworthy. Difficult to grow and vinify. Yet once in the bottle, pinot noir undergoes a personality transformation...

Afternoon Brief, July 3

The Incredible Ways the 4th Industrial Revolution and AI Are Changing Winemaking: Could the Fourth Industrial Revolution change the wine industry? It already has and will continue to just like it has changed just about every other sector from healthcare to manufacturing to retail...