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Afternoon Brief, December 13

Afternoon Brief, December 13

Opus One Sues Supplier Alleging Barrels Were Contaminated with TCA: A Napa Valley winery has filed a lawsuit for more than $470,000 over the sale of barrels allegedly contaminated with 2,4,6-trichloroanisole (TCA), according to court records…

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Afternoon Brief, December 12

Afternoon Brief, December 12

Illinois Distributor’s Massive Payout to TTB: As the Washington DC-based Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) ramps up its trade practice-enforcement investigations, more wholesalers are appearing on their radar for foul play and Tied House infractions…

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Afternoon Brief, December 11

Afternoon Brief, December 11

Holiday Horror Stories from the Land of Retail: When trouble strikes in retail, it’s often during the holidays. The two-week period around Christmas and New Year’s Eve is the biggest time of year for wine sales in the U.S…

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Afternoon Brief, December 10

Afternoon Brief, December 10

A 31% Increase in Number of California Wineries Makes Financial Success That Much Harder: The global investment firm Rabobank November 2018 Wine Quarterly included a few important takeaways from the Wine Industry Financial Symposium held this autumn in Napa, California. In its introduction to the report, the bank got my attention with this about California: “Wineries of all sizes need to find new owners.”

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Afternoon Brief, December 7

Afternoon Brief, December 7

Gloomy Outlook for Smaller Wineries: Wine consumption in the US is leveling off, but wine prices continue to rise. Total visits to wineries dropped after California’s wildfires and that part of the tourist industry hasn’t recovered. Plus, a recession is looming …

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Afternoon Brief, December 5

Afternoon Brief, December 5

Napa County Takes First Step to Rein in Wineries That Break the Law
After years of wrangling, Napa County took a first step to better police it’s more than 500 wineries with an updated code enforcement program approved by its board of supervisors on Tuesday…

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Afternoon Brief, December 4

Afternoon Brief, December 4

US$10M Government Grape Purchase: Following a long back and forth between US and China leaders, and high import tariffs placed on a number of agricultural goods, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has completed a US$10m purchasing round designed to relieve the local table grape industry …

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Afternoon Brief, December 3

Afternoon Brief, December 3

Again this year the North Coast Wine Industry Expo (WIN Expo) will be the second largest wine industry trade show in North America with 300 premium wine industry suppliers at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds on Thursday Dec. 6. The broad array of exhibitors will showcase everything vineyards and wineries need and some new things you didnt even know where possible …

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Afternoon Brief, November 30

Afternoon Brief, November 30

Napa Vintner, Oregon Officials Meet to Defuse Wine-Labeling Dispute: Oregon regulators and a California winery accused of misrepresenting the Oregon origins of its bestselling pinot noir, an act which infuriated local winemakers, said Thursday after a preliminary meeting they’re hopeful they can resolve the dispute…

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Afternoon Brief, November 29

Afternoon Brief, November 29

Is Copper Safe for Wine? : It’s a top tool of organic grapegrowers. But is copper sulfate truly safe for vineyards…

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Afternoon Brief, November 28

Afternoon Brief, November 28

Florida the Latest Battleground for Interstate Shipping: Midwestern attorney Robert Epstein is on a mission to open up as many states as possible to interstate shipping. “We have pending cases in Missouri, Illinois and Michigan, which is now on appeal,” one of the Indianapolis-based founders of Epstein, Cohen, Seif & Flora shares…

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Afternoon Brief, November 27

Afternoon Brief, November 27

California Winery Should Lose Oregon Licenses for Label Violations, Says OLCC: California winery Copper Cane should lose its licenses to distribute wine or do retail business within the state of Oregon, the Oregon Liquor Control Commission has recommended…

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Afternoon Brief, November 26

Afternoon Brief, November 26

A New Era for U.S. Wine-Labeling Laws: Recent disputes find winemakers and legislators reconsidering America’s laissez-faire attitude toward veracity in wine labeling…

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Afternoon Brief, November 21

Afternoon Brief, November 21

Judge Rules for Neighbors in Dispute Over Changes at Beringer in St. Helena: https://napavalleyregister.com/news/local/judge-rules-for-neighbors-in-dispute-over-changes-at-beringer/article_307828b2-5423-5725-9320-048a6edbba5e.html

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Afternoon Brief, November 20

Afternoon Brief, November 20

Feds Shut Down Controversial Elouan Wine Labels: California winery Copper Cane has been ordered by the federal government to change the labels on its Elouan wines, which are made in California but labeled as Oregon wines and sold as such by retailers.

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