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Afternoon Brief, September 29

Meadowood Resort, Newton, Burgess and Behrens Among Napa Wildfire’s Many Victims: The Glass Incident fires have consumed more than 42,500 acres, with historic wineries and vineyards in their paths...

Afternoon Brief, September 28

California's Historic 41-Year-Old Napa Valley Winery 'Consumed' by Glass Fire: The Glass Fire in California has burned the Chateau Boswell Winery in St. Helena, which dates back to 1979 and is among a handful of privately owned family wineries in the Napa Valley...

Afternoon Brief, September 25

Winemakers Face Up to Smoke Taint Reality: West Coast wineries are having to make hard decisions about how to deal with the tumultuous 2020 vintage...

Afternoon Brief, September 24

California Regulators Identify Violations After Rodney Strong Wine Spill, but No Fine Yet: One of the largest wine spills in Sonoma County history this year violated federal and state clean water laws, according to California officials, who are still deciding whether an accident at a Healdsburg winery that emptied a 100,000-gallon tank and polluted the Russian River with red wine will result in any fines...

Afternoon Brief, September 23

Crisis in Wine Country: 2020 is shaping up to be the worst year for American wineries since Prohibition...

Afternoon Brief, September 22

'Wet Ashtray' Wine Grapes Left to Birds as Fires Choke West Coast Vineyards: Heavy ground smoke clouded Hanson Vineyards in Oregon’s picturesque Willamette Valley for more than a week following a Labor Day windstorm that kicked up wildfires across the western United States...

Afternoon Brief, September 21

Wine Industry Affected by Wildfires Seeks Extension of Disaster Payment Program: With growers and winemakers facing unprecedented losses from the devastating West Coast wildfires, leaders of 10 wine industry groups are seeking help from Congress to obtain immediate disaster relief...

Afternoon Brief, September 18

Fires Leave 2020 Vintage in the Balance: Fire and pestilence mark it as the vintage from hell; will any wine be made this year?...

Afternoon Brief, September 17

Sonoma County Winery Faces Record $172,000 Fine for Alleged Vineyard Work Violations: A Geyserville winery and its billionaire owner face a record fine from Sonoma County agriculture officials who contend the Alexander Valley company destroyed nearly an acre of land this summer through hillside grading and conducted other unpermitted work...

Afternoon Brief, September 16

California Farmworkers Say They Didn’t Get Masks During Wildfires: Availability of N95 masks for farmworkers looked as hazy as the orange sky in California this week...

Afternoon Brief, September 15

Almeda Fire Destroys Southern Oregon Winery: A massive column of smoke over Ashland grabbed Brian Denner’s attention as he stood in front of his winery in Talent, Oregon. Four hours later, Simple Machine Winery and a decade of Denner’s hard work were reduced to a crumpled pile of corrugated metal and embers...

Afternoon Brief, September 14

Winemakers Still Fighting the Clone Wars: It's a topic that divides winemakers, but few consumers ever think about – clonal selection...

Afternoon Brief, September 11

The Lawrence Family and CEO Carlton McCoy Jr. Announce the Acquisition of Napa Valley's Burgess Cellars: The Lawrence Family, owners of Napa Valley's iconic Heitz Cellar and CEO and Master Sommelier Carlton McCoy, Jr. have acquired celebrated producer Burgess Cellars on Howell Mountain...

Afternoon Brief, September 10

Wineries Achieving DTC Success with Personalization, eCommerce Optimization, and Targeting Strategies: Day two of Wine Industry Network’s Sales Symposium offered a multitude of data-driven insights for the direct-to-consumer oriented winery...

Afternoon Brief, September 9

TRENDING STORY   Pandemic Forces Change in Wineries’ Wholesale Strategy Dale Stratton is the owner of Five Points Consulting, LLC, a 35-plus year veteran on the wholesale...