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Afternoon Brief, November 1

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Winery Association Leaders Converge in Washington, D.C. for Inaugural Conference: "You can't find a successful wine region that doesn't have a strong winery association tied to it." So proclaims George Christie, President of the Wine Industry Network and primary organizer of the Wine Association Leadership Conference that's taking place in conjunction with USBevX 2017, this coming February 22-24 in Washington, DC...

Afternoon Brief, October 17

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Constellation Buys Five of Charles Smith's Washington Wine Brands for $120 Million: Constellation Brands added to its burgeoning collection of premium wine brands, announcing this morning an agreement to purchase five Washington brands from Charles Smith Wines for $120 million...

Afternoon Brief, September 30

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Majority of US Senators Support Federal Excise Tax Reform Alcohol Industry Celebrates Collaboration at Reception: Senators Heidi Heitkamp and Barbara Boxer became the 51st and 52nd US Senators to officially co-sponsor the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act...

Afternoon Brief, September 28

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Winery Mergers and Acquisitions Expected to Continue on California’s North Coast: The North Coast wine industry will continue to experience mergers and acquisitions over the next few years as major wine companies seek to expand their presence in the premium American wine market, two top executives said Tuesday...

Afternoon Brief, September 22

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How the Wente Chardonnay Clone Became America's Choice: The Wente wine story began in 1883, with German immigrant C.H. Wente. He learned his craft studying winemaking under Charles Krug in Napa Valley...

Oregon’s Willamette Valley Nominated for Wine Enthusiast’s Prestigious 2016 Wine Star...

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Portland, Ore. (September 19, 2016) – Just over fifty years ago, David Lett, founder of The Eyrie Vineyards, planted the Willamette Valley’s first Pinot...

Afternoon Brief, August 12

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Wave of Mergers and Acquisitions Sweeps U.S. Wineries: Over the past several months, there's been a drumbeat of big-name mergers and acquisitions in the U.S. wine industry...

Afternoon Brief, August 10

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Prospects of a Light Crop Strengthen Prices for California’s 2016 Wine Grapes: Judging by early results from the unusually early start to this year's harvest, California's 2016 wine grape production could total no higher than average, if that much, reports Jeff Bitter, vice president of operations for Allied Grape Growers cooperative...

40 Years Later Pinot Noir Joins Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay in...

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On the 40th anniversary of the ‘Judgement of Paris,’ the United States has once again proven the best place to grow classic French varietals is not always in France. Oregon Pinot Noir has shaken expectations with the announcement that Domaine Serene’s 2012 Winery Hill Vineyard grabbed the coveted Platinum Best of Show for Pinot Noir over £15 at the 2016 Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA). The wine from the Dundee Hills AVA in Oregon’s Willamette Valley beat out 6 grand cru and 26 premier cru Burgundian Pinot Noir.

Willamette Valley Auction Announces 2017 Date

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Second Annual Trade Auction Showcases More than 60 Rare Lots of 2015 Pinot Noir Portland, Ore. (July 18, 2016) – A remarkable event spotlighting Willamette...

King Estate Winery Joins Willamette Valley AVA

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King Estate Winery, a long-time and leading producer of Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir, has joined Oregon’s best known wine growing region, the Willamette...

Afternoon Brief, December 4

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North Coast Wineries See Opportunities, Challenges Ahead in 2016: The North Coast wine industry remains in a relatively strong position going into 2016 despite a much lighter grape harvest this year and persistent environmental concerns, especially as its water use comes under greater scrutiny in a drought era, industry analysts said Thursday...

Afternoon Brief, November 6

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Objections May Scuttle Jackson Wine Purchase in McMinnville: Two parties have filed objections to Jackson Family Wines purchase of two mirror-image buildings in a set of three on the campus of the former Evergreen International Aviation...

2015 Oregon Harvest Report: Vintage Delivers Exceptional Fruit Quality

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Once again, the Oregon wine industry experienced another extraordinary, nearly ideal growing season. The 2015 vintage began with warm weather conditions in the winter...

Afternoon Brief, August 20

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Lake Chelan Wildfire Destroys Winery: A wildfire has destroyed one winery and caused many of the regions winemakers and grape growers to evacuate...