Afternoon Brief

Afternoon Brief, November 4

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King of Wine Fraud Facing Freedom: He's back! Rudy Kurniawan gets out of prison this week, so lock up your wine cellars...

Afternoon Brief, November 3

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Elite Wine Group Suspends Master Sommeliers: After recent sexual harassment allegations by many women, the Court of Master Sommeliers has apologized and announced next steps...

Afternoon Brief, November 2

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‘Layers of Crises’: Napa Wine and Tourism Industries Navigate the Virus and Fires: Napa County’s two biggest industries — wine and tourism have one eye on coming winter weather that could dampen the enthusiasm of returning visitors and another on a recent alarming rise in COVID-19 cases...

Afternoon Brief, October 30

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Napa Nervous Over Cannabis: Concerns over ugly farms and unpleasant smells fuel Napa County's angst over growing cannabis...

Afternoon Brief, October 29

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Twenty-One Women Told The New York Times That They Have Been Sexually Harassed, Manipulated or Assaulted by Male Master Sommeliers: The Court of Master Sommeliers confers high honors, but many women candidates say they've paid a steep price...

Afternoon Brief, October 28

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Global Wine Production Remains Below Five-Year Average: Estimated global wine production for 2020 is expected to remain below the five-year average and in line with 2019, according to the International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV)...

Afternoon Brief, October 27

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Unified Symposium Reshuffles Program to Prioritize Wildfire Smoke Discussion: In response to the industry’s need for answers and solutions to the regular occurrence of seasonal wildfires in the West, the 2021 Unified Wine & Grape Symposium will launch its event on Tuesday, January 26, 2021, with a comprehensive discussion of the many issues related to wildfire smoke events and winegrowing...

Afternoon Brief, October 26

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Can California’s Top Wine Region Survive the Era of Megafire?: As the climate crisis brings increasingly unpredictable fire seasons, the future of the $43 billion industry is uncertain...

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...