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Afternoon Brief, February 22

Afternoon Brief, February 22

Stay or Go?: Dilemma of Winery Founders in Mergers and Acquisitions
Whether a founder or owner of a wine brand stays on after an acquisition can depend on what has been sold…

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Afternoon Brief, February 21

Afternoon Brief, February 21

Sonoma County Grape Growers Battle Frost After Early Bud Break
Below-freezing temperatures that can damage Sonoma County’s $575 million grape crop before it even develops are prompting some growers to launch an unusually early campaign to protect their vineyards from frost…

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Afternoon Brief, February 20

Afternoon Brief, February 20

Dan Berger: Red Wines Lean Heavily on Oak for Top-Scoring Flavors
Quiz question: What grape delivers wine aromas described as vanilla bean, cedar, smoke, bacon, chocolate, pipe tobacco, mocha and toast?

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Afternoon Brief, February 19

Afternoon Brief, February 19

Balance Trumps Terroir for Winemakers
The industry says drinkers want fresher, more balanced wines, but that could kill off some venerable styles…

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Afternoon Brief, February 16

Afternoon Brief, February 16

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: How You Can Spot Fake Wines Looking to acquire legendary bottles? The world’s foremost expert on detecting fake wines, Maureen Downey, shares six tips for ensuring you don’t end up the victim of fraud… Today’s News: Understanding the Science Behind Ancient Wine For hundreds of years, questions […]

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Afternoon Brief, February 15

Afternoon Brief, February 15

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: Barefoot Remains Top Brand: Wine Sales Rise 3% Barefoot remains the top-selling table wine brand as sales figures for January indicate steady growth in off-premise channels and overall U.S. wine sales… Today’s News: 2018 Bud Break Starts Early in Napa Valley After a combination of warm temperatures […]

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Afternoon Brief, February 14

Afternoon Brief, February 14

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: Silicon Valley Bank Predicts the US Wine Industry Is at the Tail End of a 20-Year Growth Period Silicon Valley Bank released its State of the Wine Industry 2018 report today. The 17th annual report assesses current conditions in the wine industry and provides a unique forecast […]

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Afternoon Brief, February 13

Afternoon Brief, February 13

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: Tasting Room Trends: 2017 Review and 2018 Forecasts At VingDirect, we exist to help family wineries achieve their direct to consumer goals. Whether your focus is to grow sales and wine club members, to train and educate your staff, to polish up your brand, or to take […]

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Afternoon Brief, February 12

Afternoon Brief, February 12

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: Napa Grape Prices Up 11.5% Prices for red wine grapes from California rose 5.1% in 2017, compared to 2016, while white wine varieties dropped 3.6% in price, according to the preliminary California Grape Crush Report released today… Today’s News: Louder and More Unified Voice for Wine Needed […]

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Afternoon Brief, February 9

Afternoon Brief, February 9

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: California Preliminary Grape Crush Report The 2017 crush totaled 4,233,288 tons, up less than half of a percent from the 2016 crush of 4,217,154 tons. Red wine varieties accounted for the largest share of all grapes crushed, at 2,242,984 tons, down 1.6 percent from 2016… Today’s News: […]

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Afternoon Brief, February 8

Afternoon Brief, February 8

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: Sonoma, Napa Grape Growers Waiting to See How Vineyards Were Changed by Wine Country Wildfires As he walks down a row of pruned zinfandel vines, Russ Messana plays a waiting game. His family’s Bastoni Vineyard on Riebli Road was right in the path of the Tubbs fire, […]

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Afternoon Brief, February 7

Afternoon Brief, February 7

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: Engaging Consumers with Digital Tools in Today’s Experience Economy In the late 90’s a book came out dealing with a subject that is gaining more and more importance in the wine industry. The authors, Joseph Pine and James Gilmore entitled the book The Experience Economy… Today’s News: […]

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Afternoon Brief, February 6

Afternoon Brief, February 6

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: Academics Explain Terroir but Not Exactly the Way Wine Consumers Might Expect It’s the location. It’s the climate. It’s the local yeast population. It’s ineffable. It’s terroir. Well, not according to Giulia Meloni and Johan Swinnen… Today’s News: Developing a Research Cooperative for Winemakers to Experiment For […]

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Afternoon Brief, February 5

Afternoon Brief, February 5

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: Winemakers Turn to MIT to Save Pinot Noir in Warming Temperatures Biochemical engineer Jean-Francois Hamel has discovered the secrets to how natural yeasts affect flavors and alcohol levels in wine – and why they can help combat the potential effects of climate change… Today’s News: E&J Gallo […]

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Afternoon Brief, February 2

Afternoon Brief, February 2

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: Corey Beck Named CEO of the Family Coppola The Family Coppola announced today the appointment of Corey Beck as CEO. Beck, who most recently served as president & director of winemaking for The Family Coppola, has more than 20 years of experience in the wine industry… Today’s […]

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