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Afternoon Brief, January 18

Afternoon Brief, January 18

Amid Shift in Wine Consumer Demand, California Wine Country Cautioned to Prepare for Ample Grape Supply: The North Coast wine business on Thursday received another wake-up call about gathering storm clouds that could dampen consumer demand for premium wines and the grapes from which they’re made …

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Wine’s Most Inspiring People 2019: Washington’s Terroir Scientist and Explorer

Wine’s Most Inspiring People 2019: Washington’s Terroir Scientist and Explorer

“I was once like the Indiana Jones of Himalayan geology,” said Kevin Pogue PhD. He explains the cultural, political and topographical setting of his research sites in northwestern Pakistan would have made the famous fictional explorer feel right at home. World changes caused this Washington based geologist to turn his attentions from ancient lands across the globe to those under the vines. The vineyards of the Pacific Northwest have never been the same.

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Afternoon Brief, January 17

Afternoon Brief, January 17

Napa Is Suddenly Abuzz with Winery and Vineyard Sales: After a relatively quiet period in Napa Valley mergers and acquisitions, we are suddenly seeing a flurry of activity. The big headline: Ed and Deb Fitts have sold Brand, the very high-end estate on Napa’s Pritchard Hill that they founded in 2005, to Jim Bean and Christine O’Sullivan for an undisclosed price…

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Wine’s Most Inspiring People 2019: An Outspoken Voice for the Little Guy

Wine’s Most Inspiring People 2019: An Outspoken Voice for the Little Guy

Some see Tom Wark as an advocate for the wine industry, given his role as the Executive Director of National Association of Wine Retailers since 2007, but he prefers to think of himself as an outspoken voice for the “little guy.” Since 2004, he’s been unapologetically airing concerns over the three-tier distribution system and lack of consumer choice in the marketplace, lambasting what he terms “rent seeking, special interests and other self serving groups.”

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Afternoon Brief, January 16

Afternoon Brief, January 16

Millennials Still Missing as Fine-Wine Core Consumers, Says Silicon Valley Bank Report: Sales growth for U.S. wine is expected to remain in positive territory this year – better, for premium producers – but the industry needs to revamp its appeal to the next generations of core consumers else lose share of wallet to competing beverages and imported wines, according to a closely watched industry report released Wednesday evening…

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Wine’s Most Inspiring People 2019: Adventurous Winemaker and Mensch

Wine’s Most Inspiring People 2019: Adventurous Winemaker and Mensch

Many know Mick Schroeter’s talents in winemaking and his path from the big reds of Penfold’s to the delicate Russian River Valley Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs of his current gig as Head of Winemaking at Sonoma-Cutrer, as well as his entry to Sonoma County wines at Geyser Peak where their Sauvignon Blanc became the standard bearer for U.S. produced wines of this variety.

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Afternoon Brief, January 15

Afternoon Brief, January 15

Buyers of BRAND Winery and Estate Vineyards Acquire a Gem on Famed Pritchard Hill: Jim Bean and Christine OSullivan are purchasing the BRAND winery and vineyards from owners Ed and Deb Fitts. The Brand estate is located atop Pritchard Hill, one of the most sought after locales in Napa Valley …

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Wine’s Most Inspiring People 2019: Oregon’s Wine Culture Disruptor

Wine’s Most Inspiring People 2019: Oregon’s Wine Culture Disruptor

Right from the get go, it was a lively curiosity grounded in unpretentiousness that led Ryan Harms to the Oregon terroir and marked his ascent as CEO of one of the biggest brands in the state.

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Afternoon Brief, January 14

Afternoon Brief, January 14

2019 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition Winners: The 2019 Chronicle Wine Competition Winners are in. Nine wines took home medals after they were chosen as the finest from a selection of over 6,800 wines that entered …

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Wine’s Most Inspiring People 2019: Apostle of the American Dream in Wine Country

Wine’s Most Inspiring People 2019: Apostle of the American Dream in Wine Country

Rolando Herrera is being honored as one of Wine’s Most Inspiring People by the Wine Industry Advisor. Herrera is an outstanding winemaker, overseeing his own family winery, Mi Sueño, and previously serving as Director of Winemaking at Paul Hobbs Winery and Paul Hobbs consulting. His joyous attention to detail and tireless venture for “beautiful” wine make Herrera a gifted winemaker. His journey to becoming a winemaker, and the joy he shares along the way, has made him a great inspiration.

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Wine’s Most Inspiring People 2019

Wine’s Most Inspiring People 2019

The North American wine industry is fortunate to have many passionate and inspiring luminaries, some that grew up among the vines, and others that brought their drive and ingenuity from other industries, but they all help to advance our industry and grow the pool of wine talent for the future. The Wine Industry Advisor have […]

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Afternoon Brief, January 11

Afternoon Brief, January 11

Napa County Hits The Prisoner Winery with Code Violation Notice: Napa County has told the new The Prisoner winery to stop selling art, stop selling jellies and jams and stop offering food services that the county says are comparable to those found at a restaurant or café…

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Afternoon Brief, January 10

Afternoon Brief, January 10

Important Crush Report May Be Impacted by Government Shutdown: The ongoing federal government shutdown, which began Dec. 22, may soon affect a key program of great importance to winegrape growers. Thursday, Jan. 10 is the deadline for wineries to submit grape purchase data from the 2018 harvest to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service Pacific Region office…

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Afternoon Brief, January 9

Afternoon Brief, January 9

Constellation Brands Plunges Most in Six Years on Forecast Cut: Constellation Brands Inc., the alcohol giant betting big on the cannabis industry, plunged the most since 2013 after the company cut its profit outlook and indicated its beer business is slowing down…

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Afternoon Brief, January 8

Afternoon Brief, January 8

Napa County Winery Permit Enforcement Deadline Spurs Scramble for Professionals: Napa County is undertaking a sizable effort this year to tighten enforcement of limits on how much local wineries can grow. But with less than three months until a deadline to file for permit modifications, there’s growing concern among the small cadre of professionals usually tasked with such documentation about meeting the deadline…

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