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Afternoon Brief, January 21

US Government Shutdown Hits Wine Hard: The longest partial government shutdown in US history is a buzz-kill. And not just for the hundreds of thousands of federal workers who are missing their paychecks, but for the wine industry, which depends on a network of government entities to approve labels, imports and perform lab analysis...

Afternoon Brief: September 24

Sonoma County Wine Auction, Presented by Visa Signature, Breaks Records and Raises Over $5.7 Million at Annual Charitable Fundraising Event: The Sonoma County Vintners Foundation and George F. Hamel, Jr., 2018 Sonoma County Wine Auction Honorary Chair, are excited to announce over $5.7 million was raised at the 2018 Sonoma County Wine Auction, presented by Visa Signature®, breaking records...

Afternoon Brief, April 2

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: Big Alcohol Behind Major Health Study A decade-long study into the health effects of drinking is expected to...

Afternoon Brief, June 5

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: Napa Vintners Collaborate to Raise $15.7 Million for Community at Annual Auction Napa Valley With additional contributions coming...

Afternoon Brief, November 4

Sonoma County Vintner Steve Kistler to Pay More Than $500,000 to Settle Creek Pollution Case: A Sonoma County vintner has agreed to pay $579,700 to settle water code violations stemming from the release of muddy pond water into a Valley Ford creek that supports spawning fish, state officials announced Thursday...

Afternoon Brief, November 1

Winery Association Leaders Converge in Washington, D.C. for Inaugural Conference: "You can't find a successful wine region that doesn't have a strong winery association tied to it." So proclaims George Christie, President of the Wine Industry Network and primary organizer of the Wine Association Leadership Conference that's taking place in conjunction with USBevX 2017, this coming February 22-24 in Washington, DC...

TTB Opens Public Comment Period on Proposed Petaluma Gap AVA

Petaluma, California, October 28, 2016 - The Federal Government’s Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) has announced that they will open the public...

Afternoon Brief, February 23

GMO-free molecular genetics launch golden age of disease-resistant grapes: Advanced molecular genetic techniques are allowing scientists to breed disease resistance from wild grape varieties into susceptible domestic cultivars used for making wine, writes Andrew Walker...

Petaluma Gap Winegrowers Alliance Announces Submission of Petition for AVA Status

PETALUMA, CA The Petaluma Gap Winegrowers Alliance (PGWA) http://petalumagap.com/ has announced that a petition has been submitted to the TTB (Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau)...

Afternoon Brief, January 27

In Vino Veritas. In Napa, Deceit. When you buy a bottle of Napa Valley cabernet sauvignon, you trust that the bottle is filled with wine actually made from cabernet sauvignon grapes that were grown in the heart of...

Afternoon Brief, October 24

New AVAs Put Paso Robles in Wine Industry Big Leagues: On the heels of a top national ranking from Wine Enthusiast Magazine, Paso Robles Wine Country is rolling out an expanded set of sub-brands to put it on equal footing with Napa and Sonoma Counties...

Afternoon Brief, September 8

Napa, Sonoma wineries examine safety of barrel rooms after quake: Though 14 years ago, Bob Torres still vividly remembers the day he and other wine industry officials saw a demonstration at UC Berkeleys earthquake simulator on the effects of a magnitude 7.4 temblor on a rack of wine barrels stacked six high...

Afternoon Brief, May 12

Fire damages Oregon's Carlton winery but does not hurt wine: A 2-alarm fire at Scott Paul Wines in Carlton Sunday night, May 12, 2014, caused an estimated $300,000 to $400,000 damage to the building but did not hurt any of the wine...

Afternoon Brief, May 2

Treasury Wine Soars on Pernod’s Reported Interest in Assets: Treasury Wine Estates Ltd. surged the most on record in Sydney trading after the Australian newspaper said Pernod Ricard SA is interested in buying its U.S. assets...

Afternoon Brief, Feb. 4

Trending Story: Wineries Report Increased Use of Social Media to Enhance Direct to Consumer Sales More than 60% of wineries and wine-related businesses say they plan...