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Afternoon Brief, December 29

Afternoon Brief, December 29

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: Wine Industry Leader Claims Carmel Mayor Has Serially Sexually Harassed Her The #MeToo movement has come to quaint Carmel-by-the-Sea, with city officials investigating allegations of sexual harassment by the top elected official: Mayor Steve Dallas… Today’s News: Whole Foods’ Wine Biz Replaced Amazon’s, Leading Dallas Founder of […]

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Afternoon Brief, December 28

Afternoon Brief, December 28

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: A Look into the 2018 Wine World It’s that time of year to take a look into the crystal ball – in this case, the crystal wine glass. Here are a few developments to watch for in the coming year… Today’s News: Prominent New York Wine Merchant […]

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Afternoon Brief, December 27

Afternoon Brief, December 27

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: The Mystery of the Missing Wine Faults If you are North American and of a certain demographic and inclination, you will find yourself addressing your wine-related questions to a caped teddy bear with white sommelier gloves, a Zorro mask, and a bow tie… Today’s News: Small Wineries […]

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Afternoon Brief, December 26

Afternoon Brief, December 26

California North Coast Wine M&A Slows in 2017 Amid Smaller Crop
The brisk pace for sales of North Coast vineyards, wine brands and wineries in recent years slowed in 2017. It was a “roller-coaster ride” of a growing year that ended with a long, likely below-average-sized harvest punctuated by record September temperatures and October wildfires…

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Afternoon Brief, December 22

Afternoon Brief, December 22

2 Key Wine Themes for 2018: Indigenous Grapes and Women in Wine
Earlier this week I wrote about five topics that were highlights of the year in wine. These included forward-thinking initiatives and gatherings; definitive books; the persistent popularity of indigenous grapes; California wildfire recovery efforts; and the increasing recognition of women in wine…

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Afternoon Brief, December 21

Afternoon Brief, December 21

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: New York State Fines Southern Glazer’s in ‘Pay to Play’ Scheme A giant wine and liquor wholesaler whose employees engaged in “pay to play” schemes to win business in Upstate New York has been hit with the largest civil fine in the history of the New York […]

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Afternoon Brief, December 20

Afternoon Brief, December 20

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: Congress Passes First Wine Excise Tax Reduction in 80 Years Wine Institute applauds today’s Congressional action to enact the first reduction in wine excise taxes in over 80 years and only the second reduction in the nation’s history… Today’s News: Napa’s Delicato Family Vineyards Loses Company Leader […]

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Afternoon Brief, December 19

Afternoon Brief, December 19

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: Thomas Fire Threatens Santa Barbara Wine Country The Thomas Fire, which narrowly missed Ojai vineyards and wineries last week, is now the third-largest wildfire in California history, and is moving northwest to threaten urban wineries and tasting rooms near downtown Santa Barbara… Today’s News: Mystery Shoppers Visit […]

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Afternoon Brief, December 18

Afternoon Brief, December 18

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: North Coast Wineries, Breweries, Distilleries Benefit Under GOP Tax Package Local wineries, breweries and distilleries are big winners in the GOP tax package, which would slash their tax bills following a concerted lobbying effort by the alcohol beverage industry to reduce the federal excise tax on its […]

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Afternoon Brief, December 15

Afternoon Brief, December 15

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: Americans Jump-Start the Holidays with Their Favorite Bottle of Vino As consumers deck the halls and fill their pantries with items for their holiday feasts, they’re also filling their liquor cabinets, wine racks and beer fridges with their favorite adult libations, contributing to the holiday spending splurge… […]

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Afternoon Brief, December 14

Afternoon Brief, December 14

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: Alcohol Will ‘Disappear’ Within a Generation, Claims Scientist A neuropsycho pharmacologist, and the UK’s former chief drugs officer, believes traditional alcohol will disappear from Western societies “within a generation” and replaced with healthier alternatives, with a younger generation increasingly shunning booze… Today’s News: Wine & Weed Session […]

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Afternoon Brief, December 13

Afternoon Brief, December 13

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: Protecting Vineyards in Fire-Ravaged Areas Some of the blackened hills of the North Bay are sporting a light covering of green as new grasses push from the soil following November rains… Today’s News: Wine & Weed Terpene Pairings Steal the Show at ‘Crab and Cannabis Fête’ Cannabis […]

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Afternoon Brief, December 12

Afternoon Brief, December 12

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: Vintage Wine Estates Acquires Layer Cake, Cherry Pie, and If You See Kay Brands Vintage Wine Estates today announced an agreement to acquire three wine brands from Jayson Woodbridge: Layer Cake, Cherry Pie and If You See Kay. The deal is scheduled to close on January 2, […]

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Afternoon Brief, December 11

Afternoon Brief, December 11

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: Beverage Companies Challenge Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau’s Ban of Health Claims on Labels Two alcohol companies are seeking a judgment regarding a federal agency’s ban of the use of two health-related statements on labels of alcoholic beverages… Today’s News: Trends in Eastern Winemaking Sean […]

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Afternoon Brief, December 8

Afternoon Brief, December 8

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: Winemakers Worry as Wildfires Rage in Southern California Hurricane-force winds and bone-dry conditions are spreading wildfires across Southern California, burning more than 100,000 acres so far, primarily in Ventura County, but also in Los Angeles and San Diego counties… Today’s News: Petaluma Gap Breaks DC Logjam Trapped […]

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