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Afternoon Brief, September 30

Vineyards Help Protect Wine Country During Glass Fire: Napa County has been hit hard by wildfires but experts say the damage could have been worse. Wine country’s most precious crop may have prevented the fire from spreading...

Afternoon Brief, September 24

California Regulators Identify Violations After Rodney Strong Wine Spill, but No Fine Yet: One of the largest wine spills in Sonoma County history this year violated federal and state clean water laws, according to California officials, who are still deciding whether an accident at a Healdsburg winery that emptied a 100,000-gallon tank and polluted the Russian River with red wine will result in any fines...

Afternoon Brief, September 23

Crisis in Wine Country: 2020 is shaping up to be the worst year for American wineries since Prohibition...

Afternoon Brief, September 16

California Farmworkers Say They Didn’t Get Masks During Wildfires: Availability of N95 masks for farmworkers looked as hazy as the orange sky in California this week...

Afternoon Brief, September 15

Almeda Fire Destroys Southern Oregon Winery: A massive column of smoke over Ashland grabbed Brian Denner’s attention as he stood in front of his winery in Talent, Oregon. Four hours later, Simple Machine Winery and a decade of Denner’s hard work were reduced to a crumpled pile of corrugated metal and embers...

Afternoon Brief, September 4

ABC Agents Will Be Out Labor Day Weekend: The California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) today announced it will have agents out working to keep the public safe through enforcement of alcoholic beverage laws on Labor Day weekend...

Afternoon Brief, September 1

NJ’s Largest Wine and Spirits Wholesalers to Pay $4M Each for Unfair Trade Scheme: New Jersey’s two largest wine and spirits wholesalers must pay $4 million each – the largest in Alcoholic Beverage Control history – to resolve findings that they unfairly favored their largest retail customers, Attorney General Gurbir Grewal announced Tuesday...

Afternoon Brief, August 25

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: Wine Industry Embracing Technology and Innovation to Drive Sales There will be numerous changes that history will associate...

Afternoon Brief, August 19

Hennessey Fire Threatens Napa's Oldest Family-Owned Winery: There’s a saying in Aimee Sunseri’s family: never skip a harvest. It’s perhaps especially poignant advice because six generations’ worth of winemakers and grape growers have heeded it...

Afternoon Brief, August 12

Wineries Worry About Impact of Water Rules: A new statewide order affecting how wineries dispose of water could undermine existing regional solutions, winery owners and their advocates say, and would impose new costs as the wine business struggles with tasting room closures and other measures intended to assure employee safety...

Afternoon Brief, July 29

A Game Changer for Wine & Spirits Distribution: The wine and spirits business continues to evolve, with producers and buyers alike looking for more service, more flexibility, and more choice...

Afternoon Brief, July 22

Quintessential Acquires U.S. Brands from Accolade Wines: Family owned-and-operated fine wine importer Quintessential will become the custodian of all U.S.-produced wines within the Accolade Wines portfolio...

Afternoon Brief, July 8

Trump’s Tariffs on European Wine Backfire on US Wine Industry: Last year the Trump administration placed a 25% tariff on a broad section of European wines as part of the WTO judgement against the European Union (EU) in the Airbus subsidy dispute, which the US argued unfairly disadvantaged US based Boeing...

Afternoon Brief, June 25

California Winegrape Growers Expected to Suffer $437 Million in Lost Sales This Fall Due to COVID-19: California winegrape growers could suffer at least $437 million in lost sales from this year’s grape harvest due to COVID-19 related economic disruptions...

Afternoon Brief, June 23

When Will Big Beverage Alcohol Retailers Get Serious About eCommerce?: According to Nielsen, alcoholic beverage eCommerce has seen ten consecutive weeks of triple digit year over year growth since the beginning of the Coronavirus crisis...
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