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Afternoon Brief, November 10th

Verde Valley Declared an American Viticultural Area (AVA): More than four years after the initial petition was submitted, today the U.S. Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) named the Verde Valley an American Viticultural Area (AVA)...

Afternoon Brief, November 9th

As Restaurants Reopen, Sommeliers Re-Envision Wine Lists: Restaurants closed throughout much of 2020 when the novel coronavirus caused a series of lockdowns. To cover the costs of lost sales and in order to continue to pay employees, the monthly rent, and attempt to stay in business, some restaurants resorted to selling much—in some cases all—of their wine inventories...

Afternoon Brief, November 1st

‘Theft of the Century’: ‘Couple’ Wanted After Stealing 45 Hugely Valuable Wines from Michelin-Starred Restaurant: Spanish media are calling it the “theft of the century.” A couple has seemingly pulled off a famous wine heist after stealing dozens of bottles of astronomically expensive wines, including a famous bottle of 1806 Château d’Yquem, from Atrio – a two Michelin-starred restaurant Caceres Spain...

Afternoon Brief, October 26th

Sebastopol Vintner Facing DUI Manslaughter Case from May Crash: Ulises Valdez Jr., 27, of Sebastopol, the son of the late Valdez Family Winery founder who manages the wine-growing portion of the business, will return to Sonoma County Superior Court Dec. 22 after a brief hearing Monday...

Afternoon Brief, October 19th

WIN Expo 2021—Increased Focus on Educational Content for the Wine Industry: December’s conference kicks off with a new format to engage professionals in all sectors of wine...

Afternoon Brief, October 13th

California Insurance Commissioner Orders Key Fixes for Winery, Vineyard, Farm Insurance Policies After Fire Losses: California’s top insurance regulator on Tuesday announced two key steps intended to help many vintners, wine grape growers and other farmers that have been locked out of commercial insurance coverage after massive wildfires across the state in the past several years...

Afternoon Brief, October 6th

Napa Valley’s Fairwinds Estate Winery Sues Insurer Claiming Refusal to Pay Glass Fire Claim: Fairwinds Estate Winery says one of its insurers sold it a useless insurance policy shortly before the winery was destroyed by the 2020 Glass fire...

Afternoon Brief, October 1st

How Would a TTB Shutdown Affect You?: Not for the first time and probably not for the last, the federal government has narrowly averted a shutdown. Congress agreed on a short-term spending bill that will keep nonessential federal agencies funded though December 3, 2021...

Afternoon Brief, September 28th

Millennials Drive the Sparkling Wine Category: New insight from Wine Intelligence sparkling wine reports shows some consistent patterns emerging across the major ‘anglosphere’ consumption markets of the US, Canada, UK and Australia. As with many Covid-era trends, there appears to be an acceleration of patterns that were already present...

Afternoon Brief, September 22nd

New Capstone California Global Education Program Focuses Exclusively on California Wine: The first-of-its kind California wine certification and education program, Capstone California, has launched onto the global wine stage during California Wine Month...

Is It Time to Kick the (Wine) Can?

Canned wine seems to have plateaued in the U.S., despite many opportunities for growth —Jeff Seigel What does it say about canned wine’s future that one...

Afternoon Brief, September 15th

North Coast Judge Denies Release of Wine Held in Smoke Damage Case: A Sonoma County wine grape grower had a setback in trying to convince a Lake County judge to order the release of tens of thousands of gallons of 2020 wine being held by a vintner that’s alleging hundreds of thousands of dollars in smoke damage from the fruit...

Afternoon Brief, September 10th

Fire Watch: CalFire Continues Caldor Containment, Sierra Wine Country Begins Recovery: Amador and El Dorado vintners deal with physical injuries, smoke-tainted grapes, and contract cancellations...

Afternoon Brief, September 7th

South Korea Closes in on US as Most Attractive Global Wine Market: The United States has once again topped the list of the most attractive wine markets in the world, though its lead over #2 South Korea was cut, according to a new report from Wine Intelligence, the global leader in wine consumer research and insights...

South Korea Closes in on US as Most Attractive Global Wine...

New Global Compass 2021 Report from Wine Intelligence Measures and Ranks Market Attractiveness for Wine in 50 Key Countries  September 7th - London – The...
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