Afternoon Brief

Afternoon Brief, June 12

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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

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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

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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

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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...

Afternoon Brief, June 6

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Wine Fusion looks to make its mark with creative premium wine bottled in the UK: New agency, Wine Fusion, hopes to capitalize on 75 years of wine experience to bring creative, premium brands from around the world that can be bottled in the UK...

Afternoon Brief, June 5

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Kenwood winery wins $1 million loan for upgrades: VJB Vineyards & Cellars, a family-owned winery in Kenwood, received a $1 million Small Business Administration loan that finalized financing for a Tuscan-style tasting room and hospitality center...

Afternoon Brief, June 4

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Virginia triples its number of wineries in the past decade: "I don't understand why the D.C. public doesn't realize its Sonoma and Napa is just a days drive. Its an easy, straight shot out of the city, and there are incredible wines," exclaimed Sebastian Zutant, the co-owner of The Red Hen, a popular restaurant in the nations capital...

Afternoon Brief, June 3

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Coravin Wine Device Suspends Sales After Reported Problems: The makers of Coravin the device that allows users to extract wine from a bottle without removing the corkhave halted sales and issued a safety advisory urging people to stop using their Coravin devices...

Afternoon Brief, June 2

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Winestock 2014 announces wineries for the June 28 fundraiser: The New York Wine Industry Association (NYWIA) is pleased to announce the winery line-up for their annual fundraiser, Winestock NY. This year marks the industry events fifth year, and is slated for Saturday, June 28 from 12:00pm to 5:00pm...

Afternoon Brief, May 30

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"Only Natural Wines Can Be Truly Great" Claims New Book: Natural wine is such a charged term that you fear fisticuffs might break out if you dare mention the category that must not be named...

Afternoon Brief, May 29

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Viniflora NoVa Removes the Need for Sulfites in Winemaking: Chr. Hansen claims its new wine culture is a fantastic launch that will greatly increase the speed and predictability of malolactic fermentation and remove the need for producers to use sulfites as preservatives...

Afternoon Brief, May 28

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Vintage Wine Estates Announces Acquisition of Canopy Management Wine Company: Canopy Management, founded by industry veterans Terry Wheatley and Brian Wurtz in 2008, produces a portfolio of popular, award-winning, nationally distributed wines...

Afternoon Brief, May 27

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St. Helena wine consultant sued for $1.6 million: A vintner is suing a wine consultant for $1.6 million, alleging he was negligent when he failed to produce a new top-quality cult wine, according to court records filed in Napa County Superior Court...

Afternoon Brief, May 23

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Wine shipments could be hit by surcharges over strikes at U.S. ports: Shipping firms are already announcing surcharges which could hit wine shipments hard ahead of feared industrial action at western US ports...

Afternoon Brief, May 22

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Treasury Wine Estates cuts jobs to focus on overseas wine marketing: Winemaker Treasury Wine Estates says 175 jobs will go as it moves to invest more heavily in marketing and promoting its brands...