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Afternoon Brief, March 17

Afternoon Brief, March 17

Proposed Rule for Pesticide Spraying Near Schools Revised by California Agency: The state Department of Pesticide Regulation on Thursday issued a revised proposed regulation on spraying pesticides near schools, changing an earlier version to provide farmers more leeway in reporting the spraying to school officials…

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Afternoon Brief, March 16

Afternoon Brief, March 16

Is the US Wine Boom Over?: What if the 40-year-long US wine boom, which increased wine consumption threefold and turned that country into the world’s biggest wine market, is over…

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Afternoon Brief, March 15

Afternoon Brief, March 15

French Wine Capitalizing on U.S. Drinking Trends: Major trends in the U.S. wine market including premiumization, sparkling wine, and rosé play to the strengths of French wine leading to a 14.2% value growth, surpassing runner-up New Zealand at 13.7%, to claim the highest import growth by nation over the past 52 weeks according to Nielsen data*…

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Afternoon Brief, March 14

Afternoon Brief, March 14

Jackson Building a New Winery in Oregon: Jackson Family Wines is building a new winery in Oregon from scratch to help cope with its substantially increased vineyard holdings in the state…

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Afternoon Brief, March 13

Afternoon Brief, March 13

Does Napa Have too Much Cab?: Does Napa Valley have too much Cabernet? And does it charge too much for it? These questions were not on the agenda, but unexpectedly popped up this week at a Napa Valley Grapegrowers’ conference…

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Afternoon Brief, March 10

Afternoon Brief, March 10

Mercer Canyons Agrees to Pay $1.2 Million to Former Workers: A Klickitat County farm has agreed to pay up to $1.2 million to settle a class-action lawsuit involving more than 600 farmworkers.U.S. District Judge Stanley A. Bastian has given initial approval to the settlement, which will now be sent to former workers via mail and radio ads…

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Afternoon Brief, March 9

Afternoon Brief, March 9

Total Wine Shipments to the US Expanded 3% to 399 Million Cases in 2016: For 12-months ending December 2016, Gomberg, Fredrikson & Associates reports that total wine shipments into the US market expanded by 3%, nearing 400 million cases. This growth is consistent with 10 year trends and is across both domestic and imported wines…

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Afternoon Brief, March 8

Afternoon Brief, March 8

California’s Trailblazing Women Winemakers: The First 20 Years (1965 to 1984): Women and men alike have long been involved in the production of wine in California, but historically few women were known as winemakers. In 2012, when we began our project on California Women Winemakers, a key goal was to identify the state’s women winemakers and illuminate their contributions to the wine industry…

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Afternoon Brief, March 7

Afternoon Brief, March 7

Wine Market Council and Nielsen Explore Industry Trends: A members-only meeting held Friday by the Wine Market Council and Nielsen at Napa’s Culinary Institute of America at Copia provoked a lively discussion of consumer trends in the American wine industry…

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Afternoon Brief, March 6

Afternoon Brief, March 6

Wine Distribution Alternatives Won’t Produce Tears for the Three Tier System: According to a Wines & Vines article, in 1995 the number of alcohol distributors in the U.S. was greater than the number of wineries: 3,000 to 1,800. That kind of competitive choice must have been really good for wineries, but a lot of wine must also have been imported…

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Afternoon Brief, March 3

Afternoon Brief, March 3

Wine and Marijuana Cause Problems for Beer Industry: Wine and marijuana are cutting into craft beer’s buzz, as growth in each of those segments took some use occasions away from a craft category that slowed to single-digit growth in 2016…

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Afternoon Brief, March 2

Afternoon Brief, March 2

Winemaker Opens Up About Sexism: Judging by the volume of emails, Wine-Searcher’s recent article on sexism in the wine industry definitely struck a chord, especially with a cross-section of female winemakers in Australia…

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Afternoon Brief, March 1

Afternoon Brief, March 1

Wine & Weed Symposium 2017: Strange Bedfellows or Opportunity Knocking?: Garnering attention from such disparate online news sources such as Forbes, The Emerald Report and Homeschooling Guys, Wine Industry Network’s newest conference, the Wine and Weed Symposium, announced for August, 2017 in Sonoma County, CA, will be the first such pairing of these two industries…

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Afternoon Brief, February 28

Afternoon Brief, February 28

Pending Legislation Threatens to Close as Many as 25 Maryland Wineries: The Maryland Wineries Association has been scrambling for the past couple weeks to have a proposed bill rewritten to prevent as many as one-third of its wineries from being closed immediately…

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Afternoon Brief, February 27

Afternoon Brief, February 27

Another Outstanding Napa Valley Vintage Inspires Feverish Bidding at Premiere Napa Valley: Wines from the high quality but low yielding 2015 harvest took center stage at today’s 21st annual Premiere Napa Valley barrel tasting and futures auction, hosted by the Napa Valley Vintners nonprofit association…

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