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Afternoon Brief, July 7

Napa County Again to Close Wine Tasting, Restaurant Indoor Dining as Coronavirus Cases Spike: Starting Thursday, Napa County is on track to again shut down dine-in restaurants, bars, wine tasting rooms and other businesses amid a sharp increase in coronavirus cases...

Afternoon Brief, July 2

Sunset International Wine Competition 2020 Announces Results: The results of the 2020 Sunset International Wine Competition are in, and Gracianna Wines, Russian River Valley, is celebrating a Best of Show win for their 2018 Gracianna Wines Reserve Pinot Noir, $76...

California Winery Tasting Rooms Begin to Reopen in Time for Summer...

Enjoy the Vines, Vistas and Wines with Some Changes  SAN FRANCISCO — California wine lovers have good reason to raise their glasses; on June 12, wineries were...

Afternoon Brief, June 12

The Curious Case of the Withdrawn Wine: US editor W. Blake Gray has many questions – but few answers – about a bottle pulled from an auction this week...

Afternoon Brief, June 8

Does the Wine Industry Have a Racism Problem?: As protests against police brutality and racism in police culture continued across the United States and around the world last week, sparked by the death of George Floyd, many corporations, brands, celebrities, and sports franchises showed support for the Black Lives Matter movement via statements on social media and by donating money to allied organizations...

Governor Newsom Says California Winery Tasting Rooms Can Reopen

SAN FRANCISCO – Governor Gavin Newsom announced today that California winery tasting rooms can reopen to visitors where permitted by counties. The state-approved guidance for the health and safety of guests and employees is here.  “Our wineries are excited...

Afternoon Brief, May 22

Interview with John Hinman: Pending ABC Emergency Order Puts Alcohol License Holders at Risk: "They will be able to shut down a licensee after a hearing on a five days notice," says John Hinman, founding partner of Hinman & Carmichael, LLP. of the The California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Controls (ABC) new proposed Emergency Order, and calls it an unnecessary violation of due process...

Afternoon Brief, May 21

Napa County Looks at Wine Country Growth: Napa County is considering how to mold the future of its world-famous wine country balancing a host of factors, from housing demands to requests for wineries in remote locations...

Afternoon Brief, May 20

Napa County Releases Crop Report; 2019 Wine Grape Crop Worth $938 Million: Napa County’s wine grape crop in 2019 saw a 13.5% decrease in volume and a 9.6% decrease in value as compared to 2018, according to the county’s annual crop report, released Tuesday...

Take a Virtual Trip to California Wine Country with Zoom Backgrounds

Images from California Wine Regions Provide Beautiful Backdrops for  Meetings and Virtual Happy Hours SAN FRANCISCO —Ever wish you were touring California wine country instead of sheltering in place at home? Now you...

Afternoon Brief, May 19

Average Bottle Price Drops 21% for DTC Channel in April: Nielsen Beverage Alcohol Practice reports that year-over-year growth rate for total off-premise alcohol dollar sales within Nielsen measured channels remained high, at +34.8%...

Market Intelligence Webinar Series for Export Program and Wine Institute Members

Wine Institute has launched a new series of Market Intelligence Webinars focusing on key international markets (UK/Ireland, Asia, Europe, Canada, Japan and Mexico) to support California...

Afternoon Brief, May 18

The First Wineries Re-Opened This Weekend, but Restrictions Still Present a Challenge: Ernie Bayless said he and the staff at Wise Villa Winery, located about a half-hour northeast of Sacramento, California, got the word last Tuesday that they could reopen...

Tuesday Video Series: “Behind the Wines” with Elaine Chukan Brown

Join Wine Institute at 10am, every Tuesday  in May for "Behind the Wines" with Elaine Chukan Brown. The California Wine Export Program is bringing the...

Afternoon Brief, May 13

Wine Adjusts to Evolving Marketplace Amid Pandemic: Virtual vineyard and winery tours, dinner-and-wine kits, and supper-at-home have replaced the pre-pandemic Lets eat out tonight adventures, and Ciatti, Global Wine and Grape Brokers based in Novato, Calif., say that trend is reflected in their latest California Report...