Afternoon Brief

Afternoon Brief, June 27

Excessive Drinking Kills 1 in 10 Americans: If people moderated their alcohol intake and avoided excessive drinking, it would prevent 10 percent of the deaths that occur in this country every year in people between the ages of 20-64...

Afternoon Brief, June 26

Breakthrough Napa Valley Conference Debuts in November: ROOTSTOCK, a revolutionary conference designed for top quality grapegrowers, vineyard and winery owners, and winemakers worldwide, debuts November 13 at the Napa Expo Fairgrounds...

Afternoon Brief, June 25

Stage is set for another good Napa Valley wine grape crop: By mid-June the stage had been set for a good balance of proper grape ripening and adequate yields this year in the vineyards of Napa Valley...

Afternoon Brief, June 24

Family Wineries More Likely to be Environmentally Sustainable Too: Family owners who intend to pass down their businesses to the next generation are more likely to invest in sustainable practices than non-family business owners, according to a study published in Family Business Review...

Afternoon Brief, June 23

Europeans testing sulphite-free preservation of wine: Europeans, well-known for their love of wine, are testing a novel preservation method aimed at significantly reducing or even eliminating sulphites, which can cause allergic reactions in some people...

Afternoon Brief, June 20

California's drought getting even worse, experts say: California's drought conditions have worsened over the past week with the percentage of the state suffering from the highest category increasing, the National Weather Service said Thursday...

Afternoon Brief, June 19

Economics driving California wineries to Pacific NorthWest: Speculation creeps into the conversation every time a large California winery snaps up a smaller operation and sets up shop in Oregon or Washington: The big outfits figure climate change eventually will make California too hot and dry to grow premium wine grapes, so they are moving to better conditions in the Pacific Northwest...

Afternoon Brief, June 18

Wine, beer, & spirits groups find more, not less, benefit in sharing their stories: Most who enjoy adult beverages don't confine themselves to one particular type of drink. A craft beer or hard cider on a hot day, cocktails on Friday evening with friends and a fine wine with dinner at a good restaurant all have their place in contemporary lifestyles...

Afternoon Brief, June 17

Environmental groups' lawsuit could upend Sonoma County vineyard policies: Three environmental groups are challenging Sonoma County's approval of a 54-acre Annapolis vineyard in a case that reflects long-standing conflict over expansion of the county's $600 million a year grape industry...

Afternoon Brief, June 16

California vineyard erosion rules effort restarts: As state water-quality regulators prepare to try again this fall with a framework designed to control erosion into the Napa River and Sonoma Creek watersheds, winegrape growers in those areas are getting new tools to help prepare for the as-yet-undefined rules...

Afternoon Brief, June 13

More water in Russian River, less in Lake Mendocino: Since the releases from Coyote Valley Dam were increased this month, Lake Mendocino has lost about 200 acre-feet of water a day, according to daily lake level reports...

Afternoon Brief, June 12

New .wine online domain set to be uncorked: Online addresses ending in .wine and .vin are set to be uncorked soon, despite objections from European governments and several wine industry groups...

Afternoon Brief, June 11

Russian River Valley winemakers consider split into neighborhoods: Having celebrated 30 years as an official American Viticultural Area last year, the Russian River Valley can say that many of its visionaries' dreams have come true...

Afternoon Brief, June 10

DNA sequencing to create fine wine: The West Australian Department of Agriculture and Food (DAFWA) and the University of Western Australia (UWA) are leading a national project that uses grape genome sequencing to examine how DNA make-up of the vine affects the taste and quality of wine...

Afternoon Brief, June 9

Drought Causes California Water Rights to be Curtailed: With California's extreme drought resulting in insufficient water to serve all water-rights holders, the State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) announced June 6 that junior water-rights holders in the San Joaquin River watershed are receiving curtailment notices...