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Afternoon Brief, November 12

Missing: 6 Million Female Premium Wine Drinkers: Women are significantly under-represented among US wine drinkers who spend $15 or more on a bottle. Could they be the next growth opportunity?

Afternoon Brief, November 11

Sonoma County Studies Take Issue with Wine Industry’s Expansion, Scrutinizing Traffic, Events: Sonoma County wineries should bear the bulk of the responsibility for improving relations with rural neighbors, according to a pair of recently released county studies calling for fewer events, more coordination and a higher standard of review for new or expanding wineries...

Afternoon Brief, November 8

Oregon Wine's Civil Civil War: Oregon has always been one of the chummiest wine-producing states in the US and one of the leaders of a new breakaway trade group says that is still the goal ...

Afternoon Brief, November 7

Is Wine Premiumisation a Doom Loop?: Wine sales figures for the first half of 2019 show that the premiumisation trend in the US has begun to head south. The question every wine producer should be asking themselves is: So what do we do now? ...

Afternoon Brief, November 6

Wineries Back to Business After Kincade Fire and Encouraging Visitors to #GatherInSonoma and #SipSonoma - Sonoma County wine country has been hit twice by massive fires in the space of three years. The first, on October 8, 2017, was an unexpected frenzy that caused unfathomable damage, took thousands of structures and many lives, displaced countless families, and uprooted the wine business in both Napa and Sonoma counties ...

Afternoon Brief, November 5

How Labor Challenges Affected the 2019 Grape Harvest: With drastic labor shortages up and down the West Coast, this years vintage may mark a dramatic shift in the way the wine industry views labor...

Afternoon Brief, November 4

Sonoma's Wine Country Struggles with a New Label: Fire Country - The things that set California apart, for better or worse, were all there last Sunday afternoon: terrifying flames, wine country glamour and a rescue straight out of Hollywood ...

Afternoon Brief, November 1

U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein Says Senate Approves New Funding, Resources for Combating California Wildfires: Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) on Thursday released the following statement after helping securing additional wildfire funding and resources in the package of funding bills passed by the Senate...

Afternoon Brief, October 31

Firefighters Push Back Kincade Fire and Sonoma Vintners Begin to Return Home: In the early Wednesday afternoon, many of the tens of thousands of evacuated residents of Sonoma County got word that they could return home...

Afternoon Brief, October 30

Kincade Fire Tears Through Sonoma County, Inches Toward Napa According to Cal Fire, the Kincade fire had grown to 76,825 acres, with 30% containment, as of Wednesday morning. Fears that overnight winds would push the fire closer to Santa Rosa, and would follow the path of the 2017 Tubbs fire, subsided as the winds died down towards dawn...

Afternoon Brief, October 29th

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: Firefighters Battle Sonoma Blaze While Wineries Wonder and Worry According to state agency Cal Fire, the Kincade fire...

Afternoon Brief, October 28

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: Sonoma’s Soda Rock and Field Stone Wineries Burned by Kincade Fire Firefighters spent the night battling the Kincade...

Afternoon Brief, October 25

Sonoma County’s Jackson Family Among Vineyard Owners Impacted by Kincade Fire - The Kincade fire, driven by fierce winds, whipped through choice vineyards and Sonoma County Wine Country estates, damaging or destroying some of the region’s most valuable property. In the midst of the smoke and haze that hung thick as the mercury rose over the Alexander Valley, Jackson Family Wines scion Julia Jackson's home, and numerous buildings on the Jackson Family estate, were destroyed ...

Afternoon Brief, October 24

Fast-Moving Wildfire Ignites in Northern California Wine Country, Prompting Evacuations: A fast-moving wildfire aided by powerful winds in Northern California's wine country has prompted mandatory evacuation orders in Geyserville, an area of Sonoma County 75 miles north of San Francisco. The Kincade Fire had spread to 10,000 acres just over 15 square miles by early Thursday, with no containment, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection..

Afternoon Brief, October 23

New Law, Citing Napa as Inspiration, Seeks to Change Status Quo of Farmworker Housing: A new law, drawing upon inspiration from Napas farmworker housing model, could transform the housing landscape for workers and their families statewide. The bill, AB 1783, creates new opportunity for streamlined creation of single-family farmworker housing on surplus agricultural land ...