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Afternoon Brief, June 26

U.S. Supreme Court Strikes Down Tennessee Residency Law; Opens Door for National Wine Retailer Shipping Challenges: Seven of the justices delivered a strong defense of the Constitution's Commerce Clause in the face of discriminatory state alcohol regulations...

Afternoon Brief, June 25

Bordeaux vs. Napa: What Is the Best Wine Region in the World? : In 1976, the Judgment of Paris shocked the wine world. In a blind tasting, an all-French panel of experts rated a California Cabernet above four top Bordeaux, elevating Napa from backwater to world class. We've created a rematch of sorts to see how these legendary regions stack up against each other now...

Afternoon Brief, June 24

California's 2017 Vintage Feels the Burn: Whenever dozens of people die in a natural disaster, it feels unseemly to discuss the manner in which it affects sectors of the luxury industry. And yet, it's inevitable...

Afternoon Brief, June 21

Dozens of Farmworkers in California Vineyard Exposed to Pesticide: Sixty-three farmworkers were exposed to a pesticide on Tuesday, and three were taken to a hospital, CBS Fresno affiliate KGPE reports ...

Afternoon Brief, June 20

How Nomadic Winemakers Are Fueling Creativity Through Independence: If you ask Oregon winemaker Seth Morgen Long what his plans are for his young eponymous Chardonnay-only label, hell tell you his focus is on understanding the regions vineyards ...

Afternoon Brief, June 19

California Growers’ Strategies for Protecting Vineyards from Fire: Wildfires in California aren't new, but after back-to-back years of the most deadly and destructive fires in California's history, it's clear they are increasing in both frequency and ferocity ...

Afternoon Brief, June 18

Looming Insect Invasion Threatens California Wine: UC Riverside is testing whether a sesame seed-sized wasp can control a pest that could seriously damage California crops including wine, walnuts, and avocados ...

Afternoon Brief, June 17

Wine Consumption Probably Won't Return to "Normal": We work in the most interesting and wonderful industry on earth. Two things I love about the industry are the infinite palate of interesting souls and the sheer volume of optimists within it ...

Afternoon Brief, June 14

Calistoga Winery, City Spar Over What Constitutes an 'Event': The Calistoga Planning Commission on Wednesday took up the debate of what does or does not constitute an "event" at a winery. They decided that Brian Arden Winery on Silverado Trail had violated its use permit with its First Friday Socials, which take place once a month from 5 to 7 p.m...

Afternoon Brief, June 13

Republic National Distributing Company and Young’s Market Company Announce Expanded Partnership: Republic National Distributing Company and Young's Market Company today announced a definitive agreement to partner in all markets in which Young's currently operates. The joint venture partnership expands upon Young's and RNDC's existing partnership in Arizona...

Afternoon Brief, June 12

Wine Industry Grapples with Challenges: While California's Silicon Valley Bank doesn't sell or distribute wine, they do offer financial services to winery clients and vineyard operators, so they keep a close eye on the status and health of winemaking...

Afternoon Brief, June 11

Sonoma County Wine Industry Leaders Collaborate to Launch Innovative Student Program for Future Wine Industry Employees: Francis Ford Coppola Winery, Virginia Dare Winery, Sonoma County Vintners and Santa Rosa Junior College develop hands-on educational course and opportunity for real-world wine industry experience...

Afternoon Brief, June 10

Ancient Grape DNA Tells the Prolific History of Wine: Grape seeds dating back to medieval and Roman periods share many similarities with the wine grapes we enjoy today...

Afternoon Brief, June 7

The Inexorable Rise of Wine Prices: The soaring prices of the world's top wines will be no news to anyone who hasn't spent the last five years living under a rock, but you might have missed the relentless upward creep of all the other wines too, especially in the United States ...

Afternoon Brief, June 6

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: Examining the Effects of Vine Vigor on Grapes Winegrowing is very much about balance. A vine needs enough...