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Afternoon Brief, September 23

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

Nominations Open for Wine Industry ‘Distinguished Service’ Award

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The Rich Smith Distinguished Service award honors the legacy of an icon in the U.S. wine industry who was integral in the creation of...

WIN Insiders with WineAmerica’s Michael Kaiser

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In this interview (video above), we talk with Michael Kaiser, Vice President of Government Affairs / WineAmerica, a grassroots advocacy organization for the American Wine Industry and the only national wine industry trade association based out of DC...

Afternoon Brief, August 4

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California Winery Claims Storage Fees Hike Is Virus Price-Gouging: A winery told a California federal court Friday that the new company managing its storage facility has jacked its rates by more than 1,000% on $7 million worth of wine, violating the state of emergency declared to prevent price-gouging during the COVID-19 pandemic...

Afternoon Brief, July 16

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In Wine Country, Coronavirus Cases Rise in Cramped Farmworker Housing: As Eppie Ordaz, a grape grower in Sonoma County, readies his vineyard for the late August harvest season, he is stocking masks and gloves for employees, planning empty rows to allow workers to keep their distance, and putting extra disinfectants and sanitation stations into place...

Afternoon Brief, June 26

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Courtwatch: Class Action Lawsuit Claims Copper Cane's Elouan Brand Deceives Buyers: Copper Cane has been hit with a proposed class action lawsuit alleging the company misled wine buyers because the 2017 Elouan Pinot Noir made representations on the labels, boxes, and marketing materials that the wine was made in the state of Oregon, or in the specific AVAs listed on the product's packaging but was vinified and bottled in the Napa Valley in California...

Afternoon Brief, June 22

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Uncertain Futures for Smaller Wineries Post-COVID: Big wine has been muscling independents out for years in the world's largest wine market – COVID exacerbates the trend...

Afternoon Brief, June 4

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Robots Armed with UV Light Fight Grape Mildew: Robots fitted with ultraviolet light lamps that roam vineyards at night are proving effective at killing powdery mildew, a devastating pathogen for many crops, including grapes...

Afternoon Brief, April 23

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While Napa Cabernet Grapes Still in Demand, Sales Stall Elsewhere in California North Coast: Midway through spring, grape grower Andy Beckstoffer’s crews are on the watch for frost among the 4,000-plus acres of vineyards his company farms across Napa, Lake and Mendocino counties...

Afternoon Brief, March 26

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Facing Staggering Losses, Napa's Hospitality and Service Sectors Discover Insurers Won't Pay: Business owners across sectors of California's hospitality and service industry have come to a disturbing realization: the substantial losses they've sustained in the wake of a coronavirus-prompted state lockdown are not covered by their insurers...

Wine’s Most Inspiring People 2020: Bringing People Together for the Advancement...

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If you’re one of the many wineries—or consumers—that have benefited over the years from the ability to ship across state lines and increased access to choice, you can thank James (Jim) Trezise. He’s been on the front lines helping wineries survive in the face of the 3-tier distribution debacle, guaranteeing that wine lovers can get more of the wines they want, and thereby helping grow the US market for boutique wines.

Wine Industry Well Equipped to Meet Climate Change Challenges

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“Wine people are interested in surviving and succeeding and will work within the natural boundaries they are given,” says Jim Trezise, President of WineAmerica. He has his finger on the pulse of the wine industry and is intimately aware of the issues facing vintners ...

Afternoon Brief, November 19

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E. & J. Gallo Winery Purchases Napa's Pahlmeyer Winery: E. & J. Gallo, the Modesto-based wine giant, has purchased yet another Napa Valley brand: Pahlmeyer Winery. The acquisition is the latest for Gallo, already the world's largest winery...

Bipartisan Majority of Representatives and Senators Back Craft Beverage Modernization and...

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WASHINGTON, DC – Support for the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act (H.R. 1175/ S.362) continues to build momentum with 218 members of...

Senators Wyden and Blunt Reintroduce Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform...

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Beverage Alcohol Producers Set Sights on Permanence Washington, D.C. • February 06, 2019 –  The Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act (CBMTRA) was reintroduced...