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Afternoon Brief, December 7

Afternoon Brief, December 7

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: New Company Rapidly Changing How 3-Tier Alcohol Distribution Happens The vast majority of wineries in the US produce less than 5,000 cases, and they’ve been essentially blocked from three-tier distribution because distributor giants focus on the big brands and wont take on small ones… Today’s News: The […]

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Afternoon Brief, October 27

Afternoon Brief, October 27

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: Winery Shuts Down After Complaints of Lewd Parties A New York winery has closed its doors three weeks after its liquor licence was suspended following reports of its patrons repeatedly engaging in lewd behaviour, mass brawls and defecating on neighbouring lawns… Today’s News: Wine Country Strong Concert […]

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Afternoon Brief, September 29

Afternoon Brief, September 29

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: Thieves Uproot 500 Vines and Steal Grapes in Bordeaux Around seven tons of grapes have been stolen from vineyards in Bordeaux mid-harvest, a double blow for producers already suffering one of the lowest yielding harvests in the country’s history… Today’s News: Amazon Dealt a Distribution Blow Amazon’s […]

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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, 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 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 15

Afternoon Brief, August 15

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: Red Blotch Rising A new virus that started spreading across California vineyards – and the nation – in the 2000s is under investigation… Today’s News: Another Stellar Sonoma County Wine Harvest Begins Record winter rainfall, a mild spring, a scorching summer and a serious labor shortage are […]

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Afternoon Brief, August 7

Afternoon Brief, August 7

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: Napa Kicks Off Another “Classic” Harvest After nearly five years of drought made every Napa Valley harvest kickoff story complicated, this year’s is pretty simple… Today’s News: Six Ways Wine and Weed Are Similar – And One Major Difference Since California citizens approved Prop 64 legalizing adult […]

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Afternoon Brief, August 4

Afternoon Brief, August 4

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: At Wine and Weed Symposium, Vintners Find Themselves Surrounded by Economic Opportunity Wine professionals found themselves surrounded by potential economic opportunity Thursday as they learned about possibilities for capitalizing on cannabis – and a few pitfalls – at a sold-out conference… Today’s News: V2 Wine Group and […]

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Afternoon Brief, July 7

Afternoon Brief, July 7

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: Are Hand-Picked Grapes Better Than Machine-Harvested? Marketers love to affix the word “hand” to imply artisan craftmanship behind products. From “hand-tossed pizza” and “hand-breaded chicken nuggets” to “handmade spirits,” the word has been diluted to near worthlessness … Today’s News: California Winegrowers Applaud $5 Million to Battle […]

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Afternoon Brief, May 18

Afternoon Brief, May 18

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: Constellation Brands Might Be Sniffing Around Ste. Michelle Wine Estates Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, the umbrella for a group of premium brands (the company calls them a “string of pearls”), is owned not by a wine producer but by the tobacco giant Altria… Today’s News: Brewer-Clifton Winery […]

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Afternoon Brief, May 9

Afternoon Brief, May 9

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: What’s Craft Beer’s Bigger Threat? Wine, Whiskey, Weed…or All 3? There are more breweries in existence today than at any other time in U.S. history, and the mega-brewers are finding their watered-down suds being rejected in favor of more flavorful craft beers, while craft brewers are having […]

Afternoon Brief, May 3

Afternoon Brief, May 3

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: Registration Opens for First Wine & Weed Symposium The Wine Industry Network today announced that registration is open for the inaugural Wine & Weed Symposium, to be held on August 3rd from 9 a.m. 4:45 p.m. at the Hyatt Vineyard Creek in Santa Rosa, CA… Today’s News: […]