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Afternoon Brief, March 4

Napa Valley Vintner John R. Shafer Dies at Age 94: The Shafer family is deeply saddened to announce the death of their father, longtime vintner, philanthropist and winery founder, John Shafer on March 2, 2019...

Afternoon Brief, April 9

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: Battle for Napa Valley’s Future: Proposed Curb on Vineyards Divides County Fifty years ago Monday, Napa County passed...

Afternoon Brief, September 5

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: SVB on Wine: Premium Wine Sales Decelerating It's easy to tell people what they want to hear. It's...

Afternoon Brief, June 6

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: Richard Mendelson's Appellation Napa Valley: Building and Protecting an American Treasure Wins International Prizes Richard Mendelson's Appellation Napa...

Afternoon Brief, March 7

Wine Market Council and Nielsen Explore Industry Trends: A members-only meeting held Friday by the Wine Market Council and Nielsen at Napa's Culinary Institute of America at Copia provoked a lively discussion of consumer trends in the American wine industry...

Afternoon Brief, February 16

Powerful Friday Storm in Southern California; Warm & Wet Atmospheric River to Affect Oroville Dam Watershed Monday: California is currently experiencing one of its wettest winters on record. Precipitation has been especially remarkable across the Northern Sierra watersheds, where liquid equivalent (rain+melted snow) is presently above 200% of average...

Afternoon Brief, February 15

Californians Holding Breath as More Storms Loom: California water officials are frantically releasing water today from the Oroville Dam, located about 75 miles north of Sacramento, as concerns remain about erosion of the nation's tallest dam...

Afternoon Brief, February 14

California Wine Exports Reach Record $1.62 Billion in 2016: U.S. wine exports, 90% from California, reached $1.62 billion in winery revenues in 2016, a new record. Despite challenges from a strong dollar, winery revenues were up 1% from 2015. Volume was 412.7 million liters or 45.9 million cases…

Afternoon Brief, January 27

TCA Cork Tainted Wines Remain Low, but Screwcaps Stay Strong: Now that we've finished our annual look back at cork performance in Wine Spectator's Napa office blind tastings from the past year, it appears the incidence of cork taint has remained near last year's all-time low...

Afternoon Brief, January 23

Walt Ranch Approvals Head to Court: A judge will have the final word in Napa County's multi-year Walt Ranch hillside vineyard development battle...

Afternoon Brief, January 20

Sonoma Valley Vintners Alliance Prunes Away from Wine Country Weekend: While it is being billed as an amicable, beneficial parting of the ways, eyebrows raised in the wine industry yesterday when the Sonoma Valley Vintners and Growers Alliance announced at its annual members meeting that the trade organization will no longer co-own and co-operate the wildly successful Wine Country Weekend...

Afternoon Brief, January 6

Napa Valley Vintner Debbie Lewis Dies at 72: Debbie Lewis was a perfect fit for wine. She grew up on a farm in California's Central Valley and worked in wine retail at one point. Later she married race-car driver Randy Lewis and managed his career for more than a decade...

Afternoon Brief, December 29

10 Timeless Lessons About Business from the Founders of the Biggest Wine Brand in America: Last month I had the pleasure of interviewing Michael Houlihan and Bonnie Harvey, the founders of the world's most popular wine brand, Barefoot Wine...

Afternoon Brief, December 6

North Coast Vineyard Values Will Grow, Just Not as Fast: California agricultural land values have enjoyed an impressive run in recent years. Due to limited supply and increasing global demand for specialty crops, this trend is likely to continue in the long term...

Afternoon Brief, December 2

Lewis Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2013 Named Wine Spectator’s #1 Wine of the Year: Wine Spectator, the world's leading authority on wine, today announced Lewis Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2013 as the 2016 Wine of the Year...