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Afternoon Brief, June 11

Data Shows Economists Are Wrong—Wine Industry Doesn’t Support Trump: Quite recently the American Association of Wine Economists (AAWE) made headlines by publishing a dataset highlighting presidential campaign contributions originating from individuals in the wine industry. It created a bit of a stir, particularly the AAWE’s conclusion that “The U.S. Wine Industry overwhelmingly supports President Trump”. Some thought this conclusion misrepresented the data and reality...

Afternoon Brief, May 14

Oregon Wineries Begin Reopening, Kicking Off with Those in 28 of 36 Counties: After having closed tasting rooms for almost two months to on-premise wine tastings and consumption, on May 7th, Oregon Governor Kate Brown announced the plans for the Phase One reopening of Oregon wineries and tasting rooms...

Where Will Wine Sales Come from Next Month?

Despite wineries being shuttered and millions of people sheltering in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic, consumers have not stopped buying wine, but have...

Afternoon Brief, February 21

As Low-End Wine Prices Fall, Premium Varieties Likely Won't Budge: If you're a connoisseur of fine wine, don't expect to get the same price breaks that are starting to appear among cheaper varieties...

Afternoon Brief, February 14

The country is now virtually closed to foreign travel and in the words of Alexandre Ricard, Pernod Ricards CEO: Night clubs and night bars are all closed in China and those bars and restaurants that are not closed are empty ...

Afternoon Brief, February 11

California's winegrowers may have reached a ceiling the 2019 grape crush was 9.1 percent smaller than the record 2018 crush, and is the smallest overall since 2011, according to the California Department of Food & Agriculture ...

Wine.com Launches Spirits in California

Leading online wine retailer adds spirits selection to its largest market SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 11, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Wine.com, the nation's leading online wine retailer,...

Afternoon Brief, January 31

A California state senator on Thursday ended his effort to pass a bill requiring beverage distributors to create a new system to take back their own containers, though advocates said they will keep pushing the issue this year ...

Afternoon Brief, January 20

Macron Seals Tariff Truce with Trump in Digital Tax Dispute:

Afternoon Brief, January 14

Oversupply of Premium Wine, Slower Sales Growth to Spur Discount Brands, Says Silicon Valley Bank Forecast: It used to be enough for U.S. wineries to make great wine and find ways to get it into the hands of consumers, but vintners large and small now are going to have to bring their marketing and efficiency A-game to survive the erosion of sales growth from oversupply and increasing competition from other drinks and teetotaling, according to a newly released report closely watched by the industry...

Afternoon Brief, November 15

Wildfires Make Winery Coverage Too Hot for Some Insurers to Handle: The North Bay wine industry is feeling the heat from recent wildfires, but not how you might think. Insurance experts say that as part of a wider company review the international insurance house Lloyds of London stopped underwriting what are known as stock-throughput policies for larger, premier wineries in the region because of the seemingly annual risk to wine production and storage caused by wildfires...

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, August 30

‘Terroir…Is That a Dog?’ Survey Exposes Wine Knowledge: Wine experts have grappled with a definition of terroir for decades, but more than one in four Britons surveyed thought that it referred to a small breed of dog, according to results published this week. While 34% did correctly connect terroir to wine, another 30% of respondents believed it was a type of French horror film ...

Afternoon Brief, July 31

Sonoma Wine Auction Co-Chairs Gina Gallo and Chris Jackson Spill the Beans: As we eagerly anticipate the 2019 Sonoma Wine Auction, to be held September 1921, we thought it would be illuminating to learn a little more about this year’s co-chairs, Gina Gallo and Chris Jackson, who happen to be from two of the most influential, long term Sonoma wine families ...

Afternoon Brief, March 6

How Wine Businesses Are Using Emerging Technologies: Technology plays a vital role in all aspects of our lives, but with the speed of new developments, the choice of what tech to use and how to use it can be dizzying. At the "Emerging Technologies in the Wines and Spirits Industry" panel held at Vinexpo in New York City on Monday, wine industry professionals discussed the latest platforms and services they're using to help optimize their businesses...