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Afternoon Brief, April 13th

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California Wine Growers on a Tightrope? Annual Survey Results In: Wine grape growers, like most fruit growers, are fiercely independent. Just ask Jeff Bitter. For the past several years, the president of  Allied Grape Growers has tried to get the message across that the industry has to deal with an oversupply of wine grapes that drives down prices...

Washington Winegrowers Honors Industry Leaders

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April 13th - The Washington Winegrowers Association (Winegrowers) recognized three industry leaders in March for their achievements during their virtual annual meeting. Sadie Drury,...

Washington Winegrowers Elects 2021 Board, Officers

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April 12th - At a virtual annual meeting of the membership, incumbents were re-elected to serve three-year terms on the Board of Directors for...

Brian Carter Wins 2020 Grand Vin Award

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Washington Winegrowers Association Honors Iconic Winemaker March 29th - The Washington Winegrowers Association has honored longtime Washington winemaker, Brian Carter with the 2020 Grand Vin...

Afternoon Brief, January 27th

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Experts Say Robust Ecommerce Programs Are Key to Wine Industry Survival in Foreseeable Future: While fourth quarter numbers are still being crunched and the gains and losses of 2020 have yet to be fully tabulated, one thing is crystal clear: online sales of wine and other alcoholic beverages made a huge difference in a year wreaked by the havoc of Covid and a wildly unpredictable economy...

Washington Winegrowers Convention Goes Virtual

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January 27th - The Washington Winegrowers Association annual convention, WineVit™, will be virtual with sessions spread out between March 9 and 18. Specific session...

Washington Winegrowers Elects Board, Officers

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Becca de Kleine and Carrie Arredondo were elected to the Board of Directors of the Washington Winegrowers Association (Winegrowers) during their annual meeting last month at the...

Afternoon Brief, March 5

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Making the Wine Industry Attractive to the Next Generation: How can wine attract a new generation of viticulturists, winemakers and data specialists? Andreas Clark, CEO of Wine Australia has some thoughts...

Afternoon Brief, March 4

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‘Like the Coronavirus’: Rampaging Insect Shows up in California, Alarming Farmers: It originated in the wilderness of Asia. It spreads quickly. It's already causing millions of dollars in economic losses in the United States. And it may already be spreading through California...

Afternoon Brief, September 4

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Phylloxera Strikes Walla Walla Vineyards: The most feared grapevine pest phylloxera has been found for the first time in Washington's Walla Walla Valley. "It's here for sure, just like it's probably throughout the state," Walla Walla Valley Wine Alliance executive director Robert Hansen told Wine-Searcher...

Washington Winegrowers Honors Industry Leaders

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- The Washington Winegrowers Association (Winegrowers) recognized achievements of industry leaders last week at a Leadership & Legacy Luncheon during their annual Convention...

Afternoon Brief, February 8

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Mt. Difficulty Sold to Foley Family Wines for $52M: A statement from the OIO last week said the purchase included about 70ha of freehold land and about 110ha of leasehold land at the Bannockburn vineyard. Mt. Difficulty is a medium-sized vineyard known for its Mt. Difficulty and Roaring Meg labels, and particularly its Pinot Noir and Riesling, produced by winemaker Matt Dicey...

Afternoon Brief, February 7

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Tasting Room Trend Review and Forecast: What Flipped and What Flopped: Through findings from our Performance Tracker and Benchmarking Tracker tools, we see 2018 trends that worked (and didn't work.) What's unique about us and our study is that we know the winery story behind the data, so we are able to recommend best practices, tips, and tactics...

Afternoon Brief, January 7

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Organic Grape Growing Harms Vineyard Soil, Says a Consumer Advocacy Group: According to the pro-science consumer advocacy group, American Council on Science and Health (ACSH), organic wine may not be good for the earth-or at the very least, it's bad for the local vineyard soil...

Afternoon Brief, February 8

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Traveling? Don't Drink the Water, Drink Wine: For many, alcohol and travel go hand-in-hand. Even when you're not in wine country, you're likely celebrating your respite from responsibility with a tipple or two...