Afternoon Brief

Afternoon Brief, September 25

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Oregon winery uses legal loophole to be listed as a Washington Wine: Not all in the Walla Walla Valley is as peaceful as it appears. It turns out there's a giant loophole in the law that Oregon wineries are able to exploit to market themselves as Washington wines...

Afternoon Brief, September 24

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When Cigarettes Cost More, People Drink Less. Except for Wine: For those who count Don Draper among their TV loves (or love-to-hates), it comes as no surprise that drinking and smoking go hand in hand...

Afternoon Brief, September 23

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Harvest Fair winning wines revealed - mostly: The winners of the Sonoma County Harvest Fair Wine Competition were revealed Sunday, but the top three wines the sweepstakes winners have yet to be unveiled...

Afternoon Brief, September 22

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California's wine leaders adapting to drought and consumer shifts: California wine will hold its own in the global market despite shifts in consumer demographics, scarce water, and competition from imported wines, craft beers and cocktails, according to wine industry leaders surveyed by UC Davis..

Afternoon Brief, September 19

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Sta. Rita Hills Winegrowers Fight Proposed AVA Expansion: Unknown a decade ago, Sta. Rita Hills is now one of the most-respected regions in California for Pinot Noir. No wonder one vineyard owner outside its borders and one actually on the border want the AVA expanded to include them..

Afternoon Brief, September 18

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Constellation Pilots Innovative BioFiltro Wastewater Treatment System: Constellation plans to put millions of earthworms to work in 2015. Don't worry, they wont be making the wine, they'll be cleaning the wastewater from winery operations...

Afternoon Brief, September 17

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Nanoscience makes your wine better: One sip of a perfectly poured glass of wine leads to an explosion of flavours in your mouth. Researchers at Aarhus University, Denmark, have now developed a nanosensor that can mimic what happens in your mouth when you drink wine...

Afternoon Brief, September 16

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California expects more competition for wine market: A new report showing that the United States continues to lead the world in wine consumption is viewed as good news for the California wine sector but it shouldn't lead to complacency...

Afternoon Brief, September 15

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New technology tested as first wine grapes arrive: A new grape sorting system with the brains of a computer is giving Columbia Crest red winemaker Laura Sorge more control over the grapes that make it into this year's vintage...

Afternoon Brief, September 12

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Jumping genes could lead to new grape varieties: A New Zealand scientist is looking at a way to create new clones of Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir...

Afternoon Brief, September 11

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Honore Comfort, Sonoma County Vintners group chief to step down: The top official with Sonoma County Vintners, the major advocacy and promotional trade group for the countys wineries, announced Wednesday she will leave the organization after almost nine years on the job...

Afternoon Brief, September 10

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France Set to Retake Global Wine Crown: France is set to take back the top spot as the worlds largest wine producer following a poor harvest in Italy but the industry is still struggling with the fall in Chinese demand...

Afternoon Brief, September 9

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Did Napa Quake Unearth Groundwater?: According to one news report, the 6.0 earthquake reportedly allowed groundwater to surface in dry creek beds and streams. Its not the first time seismic events have changed the course of water...

Afternoon Brief, September 8

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Napa, Sonoma wineries examine safety of barrel rooms after quake: Though 14 years ago, Bob Torres still vividly remembers the day he and other wine industry officials saw a demonstration at UC Berkeleys earthquake simulator on the effects of a magnitude 7.4 temblor on a rack of wine barrels stacked six high...

Afternoon Brief, September 5

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Winemaker Loses Right Hand in Harvest Accident: To veteran winemaker Bruno D'Alfonso, the screams exploding from the neighboring winery were eerily familiar, reminiscent of a sailing trip many years ago to Santa Cruz Island with his former boss, Richard Sanford...
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