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Afternoon Brief, November 19

Afternoon Brief, November 19

Harvard Spent $100 Million on Vineyards. Now It’s Fighting with the Neighbors: Four years ago, Harvard University bought an old cattle ranch in the foothills of the Sierra Madre Mountains. On an arid expanse north of Santa Barbara, California, the schools endowment set out to make money from a notoriously tricky business: vineyards …

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Afternoon Brief, November 14

Afternoon Brief, November 14

Are Napa Valley Growers Smart to Rely so Heavily on Cabernet Sauvignon? : A panel of grape growing pundits held court last week during the Napa Valley Grapegrowers Rootstock trade show on the wisdom of relying so heavily on Cabernet Sauvignon…

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Afternoon Brief, November 12

Afternoon Brief, November 12

North Coast Wineries Bullish on Organic Grapes to Drive Growth: Walk down the aisle at the local Whole Foods Market or any other similar grocer. Almost everywhere you look, there are organic products on prominent display, from lettuce to macaroni and cheese to ice cream. But over at the wine section? Not so much…

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Afternoon Brief, November 2

Afternoon Brief, November 2

Napa County Formulating New Rules for Winery Rule-Breakers: Once again, Napa County is poised to further deal with wineries that make too much wine, have too many visitors or otherwise break rules set out in their permits…

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Afternoon Brief, October 26

Afternoon Brief, October 26

The Hidden Figures Behind the Judgment of Paris: You’ve heard of the 1976 Judgment of Paris, the competition that proved to the stuffy French establishment that California, too, was capable of great wine. You may remember the media hoopla around one of the Judgment’s myriad anniversaries …

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Afternoon Brief, October 23

Afternoon Brief, October 23

Constellation Brands Rumored to Be Selling Off U.S. Wine Brands: As reported by Reuters, “four people familiar with the matter” revealed that the drinks company was considering selling off U.S. wine brands including Clos du Bois, Mark West, Arbor Mist and Cooks…

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Afternoon Brief, October 10

Afternoon Brief, October 10

New Master Sommeliers Lose Title After Tasting Exam ‘Compromised’: Detailed information on wines forming part of last months tasting exam was leaked, said the Court of Master Sommeliers Americas division …

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Afternoon Brief, October 9

Afternoon Brief, October 9

‘Smoke Taint’ Worries Rile Northern California Growers as Wine Grapes Rejected After Summer Wildfires: Major Lake County wine grape grower and vintner Clay Shannon plans to crush about 6,000 tons of grapes this year, enough to make about 360,000 standard 12-bottle cases of wine …

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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 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 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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Afternoon Brief, August 29

Afternoon Brief, August 29

 Grape Shortage Exacerbated as Growing Demand Collides with Bad Weather and Pests in the Mid-Atlantic: Kevin Atticks, the longtime executive director of the Maryland Wineries Association, has seen a rapid growth of wineries in his state and others around it the last 10 years. It’s a business model that continues to outpace vineyards, which cover 800 acres across Maryland with another 100 new acres not yet producing…

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Afternoon Brief, August 28

Afternoon Brief, August 28

Chicago Runs Wine Across the Indiana Border: Chicago has never been a very clean town when it comes to politics or crime. However, given how high state and city booze taxes are here, its residents may feel somewhat justified in turning to illegal activity to access wine at lower prices…

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Afternoon Brief, August 27

Afternoon Brief, August 27

Expanded 2018 WIN Expo Conference Stacked with Wine Business Experts: The 7th annual North Coast Wine Industry Expo (WIN Expo), the second largest wine industry trade show in North America, has bolstered the conference portion of its program this year to address the increasing complexity of issues facing the wine industry…

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