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Afternoon Brief, April 4

Constellation Sells Budget Wine Brands to Gallo: In January, wine economist Mike Veseth told a crowd of winegrape growers and winery executives in Sacramento that if you want to know the future of the industry, follow Constellation Brands...

Afternoon Brief, October 1

Michigan’s Protectionist Wine Shipping Ban Ruled Unconstitutional by Federal Court: On Friday the United States District Court Eastern District of Michigan ruled Michigan's discriminatory ban on wine shipments from out-of-state retailers is unconstitutional and enjoined Michigan from enforcing the ban on out of state retailer shipping...

Afternoon Brief, September 8

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: Industry Accused of Spreading Lies About Alcohol and Health A report by UK academics has accused the drinks...

Afternoon Brief, January 4

Silicon Valley Bank 2017 State of the Industry Report: Most of the wine business has already developed their strategic plans for 2017 and is starting to execute. The plans had to be put together using history as a guide, laced with a hint of a best guess. That's just the way this family owned industry has to roll...

Afternoon Brief, November 28

Free Flow Wines Sparkles with Innovation on Tap and Beyond the Keg: Free Flow Wines saw the rising popularity of sparkling wines and the category's particular challenges for delivering an optimal by the glass experience as an opportunity to expand the portfolio of services they offer, and their innovative work to create a sparkling keg program for wineries was recognized with a 2016 WINnovation Award...

Afternoon Brief, November 23

Wine Spectator to Unveil Top 100 Wines of 2016: After tasting more than 18,000 wines from vineyards around the globe, the editors at Wine Spectator are set to release their much-anticipated list of the Top 100 Wines of 2016. The countdown begins on Monday, November 28...

Afternoon Brief, February 8

Grape Crush Report Reveals Lighter Harvest for Washington State in 2015: Washington State's wine grape harvest in 2015 totaled 222,000 tons, down 2 percent from the prior year, said a report released today by the Washington State Wine Commission and the United States Department of Agriculture...

Afternoon Brief, October 28

Italy Reclaims Spot as World's Biggest Wine Producer From France: Italy is set to reclaim its spot as the world's biggest wine producer after output in the home of Chianti and Prosecco rebounded from last year, when rain spoiled part of the grape crop...

Afternoon Brief, October 20

Uncorking the Chemical Potential of Wine Waste: Italian scientists have devised an innovative and economically feasible biorefinery that can squeeze more chemicals out of the mountains of grape waste produced during wine production...

Afternoon Brief, August 12

Willamette Valley Vineyards Files Lawsuit Over Pinot Noir Killed by Drifting Pesticides: Oregon winery Willamette Valley Vineyards (WVV) has filed a lawsuit seeking damages for the loss of nearly 13 tons of Pinot Noir grapes ruined by an herbicide drift incident in 2013

Afternoon Brief, May 28

El Dorado: An AVA's Search for The Holy Grail of Identity: Located about an hour east of Sacramento, the El Dorado AVA is huge, encompassing about 2000 vineyard acres, with elevations from 1250 to 3500 feet. The El Dorado group markets its assets with the tagline, "Taste at a higher level."

Afternoon Brief, May 5

Judge dismisses legal challenge to Paul Hobbs vineyard project: A judge has dismissed a challenge to Sonoma County's approval of the controversial Paul Hobbs Winery vineyard project in Sebastopol, potentially ending a long-running legal dispute between the vintner known for his luxury wines and community activists...

Afternoon Brief, April 7

U.S. Wine Brands Dominate 2015 Top 10 List: The wine industry as we know it today owes an inestimable debt to European knowhow and culture, but in commercial terms today's axis leans in a very different direction...

Afternoon Brief, September 11

Honore Comfort, Sonoma County Vintners group chief to step down: The top official with Sonoma County Vintners, the major advocacy and promotional trade group for the countys wineries, announced Wednesday she will leave the organization after almost nine years on the job...

Afternoon Brief, August 29

Impact-Napa Conference Focuses on Past, Present and Future of Napa Valley: With Sundays earthquake still fresh on peoples mind, members of the wine growing community gathered at Napas Meritage Resort & Spa for the North Bay Business Journals annual Impact: Napa conference...