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Afternoon Brief, September 28

Afternoon Brief, September 28

U.S. Supreme Court Decision May Open the Door (or Slam it Shut!) on Direct to Consumer Shipping by Retailers: The Supreme Court of the United States has agreed to hear the appeal in a case that could drastically change the landscape for direct to consumer wine shipments by retailers in the United States…

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Afternoon Brief, September 27

Afternoon Brief, September 27

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: Oxygen Transfer Rates: Small Amounts Can Mean Big Differences to Wine Sensory Profiles Gone are the days when screw caps and synthetic cork wine closures automatically translated to inferior wine… Today’s News: New Law on Winery Social Media Ads for Certain Retailer-Hosted Events Governor Brown recently signed […]

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Afternoon Brief: September 26

Afternoon Brief: September 26

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: Napa’s Bremer Case May Have Larger Winery Visitation Implications Napa Countys court case against Bremer Family Winery east of St. Helena has raised an issue that the county fears could roil its winery regulation waters… Today’s News: Sonoma City Council Left with Sour Taste over Tasting-Room Embargo […]

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Afternoon Brief, September 25th

Afternoon Brief, September 25th

Oregon Moves to Protect Wine From False Labels: Oregon pinot noir is so popular that some winemakers elsewhere are making false links to the states viticultural areas for their own wines, and might be breaking the law, experts testified Monday at a hearing at the Capitol…

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Afternoon Brief: September 24

Afternoon Brief: September 24

Sonoma County Wine Auction, Presented by Visa Signature, Breaks Records and Raises Over $5.7 Million at Annual Charitable Fundraising Event: The Sonoma County Vintners Foundation and George F. Hamel, Jr., 2018 Sonoma County Wine Auction Honorary Chair, are excited to announce over $5.7 million was raised at the 2018 Sonoma County Wine Auction, presented by Visa Signature®, breaking records…

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Afternoon Brief, September 21

Afternoon Brief, September 21

A Clash Between Cotton and Cabernet? : The Texas High Plains has the potential to be a grape grower’s paradise. This plateau near the New Mexico border is now home to nearly 5,000 acres planted to wine grapes…

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Afternoon Brief, September 20

Afternoon Brief, September 20

Large Wineries Are Rejecting Smoke Exposed Lake and Mendocino County Grapes: Large wineries, most notably Constellation Brands and Treasury Wine Estates, are now exercising the option to skip a vintage with many growers. They’ve been rejecting a significant share of the wine grapes they source from…

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Afternoon Brief, September 19

Afternoon Brief, September 19

DTC Channel Goes Mainstream: Direct shipping of wine is now mainstream in much of the United States. Last year, volume of direct-shipped wine was up 15.3% to 5.78 million cases, with consumer spending growing 15.5% to $2.69 billion…

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Afternoon Brief, September 18

Afternoon Brief, September 18

Warren Winiarski Awarded American Wine Legend Wine Star Award by Wine Enthusiast: Wine Enthusiast magazine is awarding Warren Winiarski its Wine Star for American Wine Legend at this years Wine Star Awards held in January 2019. The award recognizes Winiarski’s legacy in the wine industry as well as his many contributions to…

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Afternoon Brief, September 17

Afternoon Brief, September 17

Consumers Trade Up, U.S. Wine Sales Rise 3%: Domestic wines gained ground in August, with Cabernet Sauvignon leading the way through both off-premise and direct-to-consumer channels. U.S. wine sales totaled $3.6 billion in August, up 3% from a year earlier according to market research…

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Afternoon Brief, September 14

Afternoon Brief, September 14

Vineyards in a Hurry to Harvest Grapes as Hurricane Florence Looms Closer: Grocery stores aren’t the only places experiencing a rush before the storm, some wineries across central Virginia are hurrying to harvest grapes. Winemakers say they’re harvesting their crop about a week ahead of schedule…

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Afternoon Brief, September 13

Afternoon Brief, September 13

Making the Most of Dwindling Customer Engagement Opportunities: The biggest difference between tasting rooms and wine clubs that perform beyond expectation and those that don’t, is an organizational commitment to employee training, according to the 2017 VinQuest direct to consumer benchmark report…

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Afternoon Brief, September 12

Afternoon Brief, September 12

Beloved California Vintner Ulises Valdez Dies at 49: Ulises Valdez, who emigrated from Mexico to work as a vineyard laborer in Sonoma County, then rose to become one of California’s most renowned vineyard managers and founder of his own family winery, died early this morning of a heart attack. He was 49…

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Afternoon Brief, September 11

Afternoon Brief, September 11

Smart Branding Key to Future Wine Sales: The wine industry has often been among the slowest to react to economic change. As the United States pulls into a decade of recession and recovery, wine executives are still reluctant to innovate on many fronts…

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Afternoon Brief, September 10

Afternoon Brief, September 10

Smoky Summers May Taint Washington Wine, but This WSU Researcher Is Shedding Light on the Problem: Tom Collins opens the flap to the black canvas tent and the smoke starts seeping out. He steps inside and pulls a mask over his mouth and nose. Two rows of grapevines stretch beyond him…

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