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Afternoon Brief, March 22

Napa and Sonoma Bottles Rise to the Top of American Wine Lists. Again.: We love to ride a new wave, set a trend, be the vanguard. Headlines scream about the decline of last years fad and the rise of this years hot new thing. Yet if we take a broader perspective and look at something over a longer time, continuity may be more apparent ...

Afternoon Brief, January 22

Supreme Court's Wine-Regulation Case Focuses on Protectionism:

Afternoon Brief, December 18

Behind Wine Brand Kendall-Jackson’s Growing Direct-to-Consumer Strategy: Thirty-six-year-old family winery Kendall-Jackson has been selling select wines online at KJ.com since 2004. But with new attribution tools available, it has only recently begun to see a return-on-investment from selling direct-to-consumer ...

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."

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...

Afternoon Brief, October 29

The Winery That Cried Wolf on Cork: Amorim, the largest cork producer in the world has made major innovations in closures over the years. From updating cork-harvesting techniques and standards to producing higher quality corks for less money with less labor the Santa Maria de Lamas, Portugal-based cork giant has constantly attempted to innovate and change up the game on the wine closure industry...

Afternoon Brief, October 12

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: Somm Struck Off over Tasting Leak The man responsible for the cancellation and rescheduling of the Master Sommelier...

Afternoon Brief, October 11

Who Leaked the Somms' Wine List? - This year's Master Sommelier Diploma Examination taste test has been controversially struck down amid suspicions of cheating by one of the Master Sommeliers overseeing the examination

Afternoon Brief, October 5

Is it Taint, or Revenge? : Last month, the Oregon Winegrowers Association complained about a deceptive new wine label by California wine producer Joe Wagner, the creator of Meiomi Pinot Noir...

Napa Valley-Based Gamble Family Vineyards Expands Presence in Key Markets with...

September 5, 2018; Oakville, Calif.—Tom Gamble, owner of Gamble Family Vineyards in Oakville, is pleased to announce new distribution partnerships in New York and...

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...

Afternoon Brief, August 21

California Gold Goes Global: According to Liv-ex, the wider world is waking up to California ...

Afternoon Brief, July 30

Carriers Trashing Wine Shipments Some shipments of wine from New York are being confiscated and destroyed...

Afternoon Brief, July 19

Fukushima’s Nuclear Signature Found in California Wine The Japanese nuclear disaster bathed north America in a radioactive cloud. Now pharmacologists have found the telltale signature in California wine made at the time...

Afternoon Brief, July 6

Relief as Napa Fire Risk Recedes: Napa Valley can breathe easier this weekend. The huge fire raging just outside the valley appears to be coming under containment, with no damage to wineries or vineyards...