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Afternoon Brief, September 8

Afternoon Brief, September 8

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: Industry Accused of Spreading Lies About Alcohol and Health A report by UK academics has accused the drinks industry of, “actively disseminating misinformation about alcohol and cancer risk, particularly breast cancer,” comparing it to the tobacco industry’s “denial, distortion and distraction tactics”… Today’s News: Sonoma County Grape […]

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Afternoon Brief, September 7

Afternoon Brief, September 7

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: Napa Harvest Reaches Crisis Point If you want to pick grapes, California can use your help. A heat spike last weekend and a labor shortage have combined to force many California vintners to scramble to pick earlier than expected… Today’s News: Wine Enthusiast’s 18th Annual Wine Star […]

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Afternoon Brief, September 6

Afternoon Brief, September 6

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: North Coast Grape Growers Confront Muggy Weather, Worry About Fruit Rot After Heat Spike Having ramped up hard to get through a triple-digit heat spike over the weekend, North Coast grape growers are now navigating a new challenge from Mother Nature – muggy, humid weather conditions this […]

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Afternoon Brief, September 5

Afternoon Brief, September 5

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: SVB on Wine: Premium Wine Sales Decelerating It’s easy to tell people what they want to hear. It’s harder to tell them what they don’t want to hear. In 2007, I saw the above chart that tracked U.S. home prices versus median family income… Today’s News: Event and […]

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Afternoon Brief, September 1

Afternoon Brief, September 1

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: How Package Design Attracts Today’s Wine Consumer Regardless of varied consumer preferences, there are surely enough wine options available to satisfy nearly every American of legal drinking age… Today’s News: Cornell-Led Project to Improve Grapes Gets Big Boost Breeding the next great grape is getting a boost […]

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Afternoon Brief, August 31

Afternoon Brief, August 31

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: Napa Valley Vineyard Asset Bubble Ready to Pop? Not So Fast, Says Rabobank Analyst Growing global interest in North Coast wines has uncorked fast price escalation for the vineyards they come from, particularly in Napa Valley, but forecasts about bursting asset bubbles and crashing vineyard values may […]

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Afternoon Brief, August 30

Afternoon Brief, August 30

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: Digging Deeper in Pay-for-Play Scandal In going through the 2014 Pennsylvania Ethics Commission report that sparked a federal investigation, I got a greater sense of how big spirits companies cooperate, rather than compete, to freeze out smaller competitors… Today’s News: Denise Gardner: Consumers Becoming More Accepting of […]

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Afternoon Brief, August 29

Afternoon Brief, August 29

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: Some U.S. States Are Cracking Down on Interstate Direct-To-Consumer Wine Shipping According to ShipCompliant by Sovos, at over $2 billion in 2016 sales, the more than 5 million cases of wine shipped Direct-to-Consumer is fast making it an important segment of the wine business… Today’s News: 2016 […]

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Afternoon Brief, August 28

Afternoon Brief, August 28

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: Pay-to-Play Scandal Exposed Southern Glazer’s, the largest wine and spirits distributor in the United States, was fined $5 million last month by the US Department of Justice for its role in a “pay to play” scandal in Pennsylvania – paying the state’s retail monopoly to carry, or […]

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Afternoon Brief, August 25

Afternoon Brief, August 25

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: How to Make Money in the Wine Business What’s the secret to making money in the wine trade? That, of course, is the opening to the classic joke: “If you want to make a small fortune in wine, start with a big one…” Today’s News: Closure Encounters: […]

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Afternoon Brief, August 24

Afternoon Brief, August 24

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: Wine Enthusiast’s Top 40 Under 40 Tastemakers of 2017 Meet the trailblazers who are shaping the future of wine, beer, cider and spirits in America. These winemakers, grape growers, retailers, bartenders, educators and more are redefining the alcohol beverage industry as we know it… Today’s News: Managing […]

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Afternoon Brief, August 23

Afternoon Brief, August 23

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: Winemaker Crushed to Death by Wine Press Bernard Rouanet, owner of the Domaine Rouanet Montcélèbre vineyard, located next to the village of Cesseras in the Minervois region of the Languedoc, died last Thursday while attempting to repair his wine press… Today’s News: Does Social Media Help Me […]

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Afternoon Brief, August 22

Afternoon Brief, August 22

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: Napa Wine Merchant Accused of Fraud in Client’s Lawsuit Bond investor Jeffrey Gundlach has filed suit against Soutirage for $1 million, accusing the retailer of knowingly selling fake wines… Today’s News: The Genius of Charles Smith and the Land Versus Brand Wine Wars What do you know […]

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Afternoon Brief, August 21

Afternoon Brief, August 21

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: Brandy Boom Sparks Gallo Buyout An unreported surge in brandy sales prompted the wine giant to move for boutique spirit producer Germain-Robin… Today’s News: Sonoma County Supervisors to Weigh Disputed Knights Valley Winery Proposal A 10,000-case winery long planned in Knights Valley faces a crucial and possibly […]

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Afternoon Brief, August 18

Afternoon Brief, August 18

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: Grapevine Scourge Has Returned to Temecula Valley’s Wine Country The glassy-winged sharpshooter, a flying menace that devastated the Temecula Valley Wine Country in the late 1990s, has made an ominous comeback… Today’s News: A Drink Might Boost Cognition and Creativity, and Potentially Fight Off the Flu A […]

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