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Afternoon Brief, September 16

As Harvest Season Ramps Up, Napa Wineries Mindful of Carbon Dioxide Poisoning: Harvest season isn't just a hectic time for winemakers in the Napa Valley. It's also a busy stretch for wine country safety consultants, including Nicol Cadet-Cottam of Nicola Health and Safety. Among the major safety concerns for wineries is the possibility that workers could pass out in confined spaces, such as wine storage tanks or presses...

Afternoon Brief, September 13

Napa County, Bremer Family Winery Reach Lawsuit Settlement - Napa County and Bremer Family Winery settled a lawsuit brought by the county against the winery over alleged permit and code violations, ending a dispute that called into question how the county interprets older use permits ...

Afternoon Brief, September 12

Global Leader in Sustainability Achieves Record Breaking Participation and Announces a First for Agriculture - Five years ago, the Sonoma County Winegrowers (SCW) made a bold declaration to the wine world that its more than 1,800 winegrowers were committed to becoming the nations first 100% certified sustainable wine region in 2019 ...

Afternoon Brief, September 11

Why X Marks the Spot for Selling Wine - Generation X, the most infamously pilloried and self-deprecating population cohort the world has known since it started naming generations, may finally get its due ...

Afternoon Brief, September 10

Some of California's Most Famous Wines Came from a Science Experiment - Starting out as a research specialist at the University of California at Santa Barbara in the late 1960s, botanist Michael Benedict had no idea that his studies of the oceans effect on plants would lead him to found one of California's most famous vineyards, Sanford & Benedict, in the Santa Ynez Valley, 48 years ago ...

Afternoon Brief, September 6

Why Winemakers Should Be Fighting Against Herbicide Drift: A grape grower whose vineyards have been damaged speaks out on why it's a threat to the industry...

Afternoon Brief, September 5

Alleged Marijuana Damage to Grapes Ruled Plausible: A federal judge has ruled that an Oregon vineyard has plausibly alleged harm from a neighboring marijuana operation and may proceed with a racketeering lawsuit against it...

Afternoon Brief, September 4

Phylloxera Strikes Walla Walla Vineyards: The most feared grapevine pest phylloxera has been found for the first time in Washington's Walla Walla Valley. "It's here for sure, just like it's probably throughout the state," Walla Walla Valley Wine Alliance executive director Robert Hansen told Wine-Searcher...

Afternoon Brief, September 3

Can New Grapes Save the Wine Industry from Climate Change? : Heat waves, frost, rainstorms: As climate change continues to present challenges in vineyards, vintners across the globe are trying to figure out how to manage new and ever-changing conditions...

Afternoon Brief, August 30

‘Terroir…Is That a Dog?’ Survey Exposes Wine Knowledge: Wine experts have grappled with a definition of terroir for decades, but more than one in four Britons surveyed thought that it referred to a small breed of dog, according to results published this week. While 34% did correctly connect terroir to wine, another 30% of respondents believed it was a type of French horror film ...

Afternoon Brief, August 29

Documents Bolster Winery Race Discrimination Case: Their winery is gone, their vineyard is gone, and a lot of their money is gone, but the Sterling brothers are persisting in their racial discriminatory lending lawsuit against the bank that seized their properties in Sonoma and Mendocino Counties...

Afternoon Brief, August 28

Wine Targeted by Instagram Money Grab: In recent weeks, social media companies, brands, influencers and even legislators have been feverishly debating what changes are being openly made, secretly made and should possibly be made in the future on the platforms we all love to hate and hate to love. There are, of course, billions of dollars at stake for everyone involved...

Afternoon Brief, August 27

Wineries Share Their Point-of-Sale System Priorities and Experiences - Point-of-Sale systems in wineries seem to be a love-hate relationship many times the hate overcoming the love as the frustrations of adapting to changing and challenging environments puts a strain on winery personnel and the electronic retail and data system that supports their efforts ...

Afternoon Brief, August 26

Wine Drinkers Face an Uncertain and Precarious Future: American wine drinkers find themselves in what could legitimately be called the Golden Age of Wine. The unprecedented selection and diversity of wines available continue to increase ...

Afternoon Brief, August 23

Millennials Maybe, but New Data Direct the Wine Industry to Gen X: It's doubtful anyone questions how much influence the Baby Boomer generation has had (still has) on the continued growth of the U.S. wine industry over the past forty years-the latest Wine Analytics Report has domestic table wine sales at $73 billion, 3% higher than last year at this time...