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Afternoon Brief, October 23

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80% of Napa Wineries Are Moving Forward with the 2020 Vintage: As the Californian wine industry assesses the damage of the Glass Fire, as many as 80% of Napa Valley’s wineries are pushing forward with the 2020 vintage...

Afternoon Brief, October 22

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Napa County Farm Bureau Releases Fire Prevention Policy and Legislative Recommendations: The Napa County Farm Bureau today released Fire Prevention Policy and Legislative Recommendations based of off extensive policy work that it has conducted over the last two years regarding wildland fires and fire risk mitigation...

Afternoon Brief, October 21

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Sonoma Starts Selling the Turbulent 2020 Vintage: It's been a hell of a year, but Sonoma producers have reasons to be cheerful...

Afternoon Brief, October 20

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Sonoma County Winegrowers Look to Reset After Unimaginable 2020 Season: Though the 2020 growing season enjoyed near-perfect growing conditions, a mid-August lightning storm during a global pandemic resulted in a dramatic turn for Sonoma County’s winegrapes and a financial blow to the region just as it has with other wine regions across California...

Afternoon Brief, October 19

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Many California Wineries Will Make No Wine This Year Because of Wildfire Smoke: But many vineyards were spared, and there will be wine to drink -- especially white wine...

Afternoon Brief, October 16

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Dry, Warm Winter Could Bring Drought to California, Southwest in 2021: With the world coming off the hottest September since 1880, California’s North Bay to the south is likely to experience a continuance of warmer, drier weather conditions into the winter, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported Thursday...

Afternoon Brief, October 15

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Santa Barbara County Wine Legends for Sale: Longoria wines seeks to sell it all, while Ampelos Cellars offloading vineyard, not brand...

Afternoon Brief, October 14

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Family Wine Company Acquires BNA Wine Group’s Portfolio of Wines: Miller Family Wine Company, a division of the industry-leading Thornhill Companies, is pleased to announce their recent acquisition of BNA Wine Group’s portfolio of wines, including the popular Butternut brand...

Afternoon Brief, October 13

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Could a Tool to Combat Coronavirus Also Protect Grapevines from an Annual Threat?: Scientists and vintners are exploring using UV lights, now being employed in HVAC systems to reduce the threat of COVID-19, as a weapon against mildew...

Afternoon Brief, October 12

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How Winemakers Craft Clean Natural Wines: Why are some natural wines marked by volatile acidity, Brett, and mousiness, while others aren't? Alex Russan investigates...

Afternoon Brief, October 9

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Wine's COVID Winners and Losers: As the world learns to live with coronavirus, what impact has it had on wine prices?...

Afternoon Brief, October 8

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Tariff Wars Cause Sharp Decline in Wine and Whisky Exports: Dozens of global drinks trade bodies have written to the European Union and US government demanding an end to their tariff war after exports of French, German, Italian and Spanish wine have fallen by 54% since last year...

Afternoon Brief, October 7

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Wine Country Starts Picking Up the Pieces: Winery and vineyard owners have been through hell this year. How will they recover?...

Afternoon Brief, October 6

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An Estimated 80% of Napa Cabernet May Be Lost to Fire and Smoke: On the evening of Sept. 27, when winemaker Chris Howell saw flames on a ridge a mile away from Cain Vineyard and Winery, he and his wife Katie Lazar knew they had to leave...

Afternoon Brief, October 5

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Charles Krug Winery Hosts Basecamp for PG&E to Assist Firefight: When disaster strikes, you do what comes naturally. And when you’ve been around as a viable business since 1861, there’s some deep-rooted innate corporate wisdom that rises to the fore, ready to fight on to face another day...