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Afternoon Brief, February 3

Afternoon Brief, February 3

Sonoma County Vintners Announces New Organization Appointments: Sonoma County Vintners announced several new organizational appointments during their 2017 Annual Membership meeting on February 1, 2017…

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Afternoon Brief, February 2

Afternoon Brief, February 2

Free or Discounted Wine Tasting Options Vanishing in Sonoma County: Back in what might be described as the good old days, consumers could waltz into any given tasting room on any given day in Sonoma County and enjoy several samples of locally produced, high quality wine at no cost…

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Afternoon Brief, February 1

Afternoon Brief, February 1

The 9 Top Trends in Wine Consumption to Watch Right Now: For wine industry sleuths, observing and analyzing wine lifestyle behavior in America was once an easier exercise. Twenty years ago, baby boomers consistently defaulted to aspirational environments, seeking white tablecloth restaurants and classified-growth Bordeaux pours as the height of wine enjoyment…

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Afternoon Brief, January 31

Afternoon Brief, January 31

Five New and Interesting Products from the Unified Trade Show: Even if you went to Unified and spent two days on its massive trade show floor with seven hundred plus exhibitors spread out over two floors and several halls, you probably didn’t have a chance to visit every exhibit, and you may have missed some of these interesting finds…

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Afternoon Brief, January 30

Afternoon Brief, January 30

Is the Intelligent Vineyard the Future of Winegrape Growing?: Phil Asmundson is by no means a veteran viticulturist, but a half-dozen years ago, after watching his wife and business partner, Kim, augering soil samples, he recalls turning to her and saying, “No offense, but there’s got to be a better way”…

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Afternoon Brief, January 27

Afternoon Brief, January 27

TCA Cork Tainted Wines Remain Low, but Screwcaps Stay Strong: Now that we’ve finished our annual look back at cork performance in Wine Spectator’s Napa office blind tastings from the past year, it appears the incidence of cork taint has remained near last year’s all-time low…

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Afternoon Brief, January 26

Afternoon Brief, January 26

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief Trending Story: U.S. Wine Tops $10-A-Bottle Average for First Time, Expert Says Consumer thirst for higher-quality wine has pushed the average bottle price in the U.S. into premium territory for the first time, and thats putting ever more supply and pricing pressure on wineries and growers making or wanting to […]

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Afternoon Brief, January 25

Afternoon Brief, January 25

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief Trending Story: Judgment of Paris No Clear-Cut Decision It’s practically written into the annals of time at this point. A young English wine merchant organizes a tasting pitting some of France’s top wines against a bunch of small-production wines made in the bucolic hills around San Francisco. The panel of […]

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Afternoon Brief, January 24

Afternoon Brief, January 24

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief Trending Story: Marijuana and Labor Shortages Are Giving the Wine Industry a Headache The U.S. wine industry is poised for another banner year in 2017. Sales are projected to rise by as much as 6% and the total harvest in California by far the largest wine-producing stateshould climb 7% to […]

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Afternoon Brief, January 23

Afternoon Brief, January 23

Walt Ranch Approvals Head to Court: A judge will have the final word in Napa County’s multi-year Walt Ranch hillside vineyard development battle…

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Afternoon Brief, January 20

Afternoon Brief, January 20

Sonoma Valley Vintners Alliance Prunes Away from Wine Country Weekend: While it is being billed as an amicable, beneficial parting of the ways, eyebrows raised in the wine industry yesterday when the Sonoma Valley Vintners and Growers Alliance announced at its annual members meeting that the trade organization will no longer co-own and co-operate the wildly successful Wine Country Weekend…

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Afternoon Brief, January 19

Afternoon Brief, January 19

Big Blends Take Over US Wine Lists: Restaurant wine sales in the United States are down and enormous wineries are starting to dominate wine lists, which could change the way people learn about wine…

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Afternoon Brief, January 18

Afternoon Brief, January 18

Silicon Valley Bank Predicts Consumers Will Pay Slightly More for U.S. Wine in 2017: Silicon Valley Bank released its annual State of the Wine Industry Report today. The 16th annual State of the Wine Industry report combines SVBs expertise in the U.S. wine business with proprietary research to deliver forecasts and predictions for the year ahead in wine…

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Afternoon Brief, January 17

Afternoon Brief, January 17

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief Trending Story: Meritage – Death of a Marketing Label As searches for the term enter a terminal tailspin, W. Blake Gray asks why producers still call wines Meritage… Today’s News: Will Boomers Keep Buying Wine? The title of this piece is the question all wine companies should be asking today, […]

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Afternoon Brief, January 16

Afternoon Brief, January 16

Sustainable Sonoma Wine Could Fetch $7-a-Bottle More, Survey Says: U.S. wine consumers are willing to pay more for wine – up to several dollars more per bottle – produced using “sustainable” practices, according to new research presented at a Sonoma County grapegrower seminar in Santa Rosa on Thursday…

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