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Afternoon Brief, August 17

Pioneering Study ‘Fingerprints’ Russian River Valley Sites: A breakthrough study into the relationship between wine and terroir found samples of Pinot Noir taken immediately after fermentation could be identified as to which of five Russian River Valley sub-zones they came from based on the clusters of chemical elements in each wine…

Afternoon Brief, August 7

California Rolls Out Its Toughest Vintage: Harvest time is usually a celebratory affair in wine country, but this year is different...

Afternoon Brief, July 31

2020 DtC Wine Shipping Mid-Year Report: Since we released the annual Direct-to-Consumer Wine Shipping Report in partnership with Wines Vines Analytics back in January, a lot has changed when it comes to how consumers are getting their wine...

Afternoon Brief, July 21

Ohio Attorney General Cries Foul on Wine.com and Other Wine Retailers: The state's attorney general is attempting to use a 21st Amendment power to stop direct deliveries from out-of-state retailers, raising new questions about Ohio's alcohol shipping laws...

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...