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Afternoon Brief, September 20

North Coast Grape Growers Fear Tons of Fruit Will Be Left on the Vine Unsold: As he hustled around a flatbed trailer parked along the road earlier this week, Will Ivancovich was abuzz during the first day of grape picking for this years harvest at his Kenwood vineyard. Clad in a white fedora hat and with an unlit cigar dangling from his mouth, the 71-year-old Ivancovich easily kept up with the workers decades younger...

Afternoon Brief, September 19

Napa Planning Commission Asks for More Time to Study Bremer Winery Compliance: Bremer Family Winery, which has been a focus of thorny county code and permit controversies, ran into a delay as it works to come into compliance. The winery recently settled with Napa County over a lawsuit in which the county alleged a variety of illegalities, which the Bremers contested...

Afternoon Brief, September 18

Would New Fee Empower Wine Country Marketing Efforts? : Should Santa Barbara County wineries impose a two percent fee on each bottle sold to help pay for regional marketing efforts? The staff and board members of the Santa Barbara Vintners certainly believe so...

Afternoon Brief, September 17

Accountants Calling the Shots at Wineries: A cooper claims that reduced use of new oak in winemaking is a result of pressure from bean-counters...

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...