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Afternoon Brief, February 15

Italian Authorities Uncover Counterfeit Tignanello Wine Scheme: Italian authorities have arrested three suspects in a scheme to sell at least 11,000 counterfeit bottles of the legendary super Tuscan wine Antinori Toscana Tignanello in Italy, Germany and Belgium ...

Afternoon Brief, January 28

Winegrowers Instructed on 'Future-Proofing' Napa Wine in the Digital Age: Is Napas wine industry ready for the future? Paul Mabray thinks not. Mabray, CEO of market research company Emetry.io, offered this take at a Napa Valley Grapegrowers symposium Wednesday, ..

Afternoon Brief, January 23

DTC Channel Is Reaching Maturity for Wine: Larry Cormier, General Manager, ShipCompliance by Sovos, presented the topline results from their annual Direct to Consumer Wine Shipping Report based on the 8 million transactions a year filtered through ShipCompliant by Sovos at the DTC Wine Symposium Wednesday...

Afternoon Brief, January 22

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

Afternoon Brief, January 10

Important Crush Report May Be Impacted by Government Shutdown: The ongoing federal government shutdown, which began Dec. 22, may soon affect a key program of great importance to winegrape growers. Thursday, Jan. 10 is the deadline for wineries to submit grape purchase data from the 2018 harvest to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service Pacific Region office...

Afternoon Brief, January 2

The Hispanic Consumer Is Key to the Future of the Wine Industry: The growth of the Latino population in the United States is well documented and we know that it will continue to expand. This reality will provide opportunities for growth for many industries, notably in the food and beverage sector ...

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 17

Farm Bill Contains Wine Provisions to Help Vintners: Federal farm bill contains provisions for wine industry. The $867 million federal farm bill recently passed by the U.S. Congress contains provisions that will benefit the domestic wine industry ...

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...

Afternoon Brief, October 22

The Wine Group Announces Acquisition of 7 Deadly Brand: The Wine Group announced today that it has purchased the 7 Deadly brand, the #1 Zinfandel brand in the U.S., from Michael David Winery. First released in 2002, 7 Deadlys lead SKU, 7 Deadly Zins, has been the #1 Zinfandel in America since 2015...

Afternoon Brief, October 18

Constellation Brands Names Bill Newlands Next CEO: Constellation Brands, Inc., a leading beverage alcohol company, today announced Bill Newlands will assume the role of president and chief executive officer (CEO), succeeding current CEO Rob Sands, on March 1, 2019...

Afternoon Brief, October 15

Wine Supply Is Hitting a Tipping Point: I've been pointing out the slowdown in the growth rate of consumer demand by volume for some time now. We are still growing, but the growth rate is slowing, particularly when looking at volume...

Afternoon Brief, October 4

Local Experts Weigh in on the State of the North Coast Wine Industry: What's been happening in the North Coast wine industry? Specifically developed to for wineries in Sonoma, Napa, Lake, and Mendocino Counties...

Afternoon Brief, October 2

California Winery Blames 'Smoke Taint' from Wildfires in Canceling Rogue Valley Grape Contracts: Dozens of vineyard owners in Southern Oregon's Rogue Valley region opened their mail on Sept. 22 to discover a notice from California-based Copper Cane LLC canceling their contracts for this year's grapes...

Afternoon Brief, September 13

Making the Most of Dwindling Customer Engagement Opportunities: The biggest difference between tasting rooms and wine clubs that perform beyond expectation and those that don't, is an organizational commitment to employee training, according to the 2017 VinQuest direct to consumer benchmark report...