Afternoon Brief

Afternoon Brief, August 27

Crop Insurance Fears for Smoke-Hit Vineyards: Growers affected by the California wildfires should take a close look at the small print on their insurance policies...

Afternoon Brief, August 26

Smoke Taint Looms Large for California Wine: I don't know how many of California's wine grapes right now are affected by smoke taint. Nobody does. But I know some are everybody does, and that's the problem...

Afternoon Brief, August 25

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: Wine Industry Embracing Technology and Innovation to Drive Sales There will be numerous changes that history will associate...

Afternoon Brief, August 24

Napa, North Bay Growers Face a Softened, Fluid Market for Premium Grapes: Napa Valley’s growers are going into harvest now punctuated by fire with as uncertain a market for their grapes as there’s ever been, industry experts say...

Afternoon Brief, August 21

Wineries Harvest While Wine Country Burns: Large swathes of California continued to burn on Thursday from fires ignited by more than 10,000 lightning strikes. Firefighters are desperately overworked. Yet, even as homes and a hospital were evacuated, many wineries report clear skies and no smoke in the vineyard...

Afternoon Brief, August 20

Wildfires Rage in Multiple California Wine Regions: Blazes in Napa, Sonoma, Santa Cruz and Santa Lucia are burning out of control, threatening wineries, vineyards and thousands of homes...

Afternoon Brief, August 19

Hennessey Fire Threatens Napa's Oldest Family-Owned Winery: There’s a saying in Aimee Sunseri’s family: never skip a harvest. It’s perhaps especially poignant advice because six generations’ worth of winemakers and grape growers have heeded it...

Afternoon Brief, August 18

Fire Threatens Napa Vineyards: Growers and producers are on the alert in California's wine country as fire rears its head again...

Afternoon Brief, August 17

Pioneering Study ‘Fingerprints’ Russian River Valley Sites: A breakthrough study into the relationship between wine and terroir found samples of Pinot Noir taken immediately after fermentation could be identified as to which of five Russian River Valley sub-zones they came from based on the clusters of chemical elements in each wine…

Afternoon Brief, August 14

Road Ahead for Wine Business: Here's a highlight from a panel discussion with North Coast business, law and financial experts during the Business Journals 20th annual Wine Industry Conference...

Afternoon Brief, August 13

No Relief for U.S. Wine Consumers - Tariffs on European Wines Remain in Place: Trade Representative says 25 percent duties will remain in place for most French, Spanish and German wines; importers and merchants say the tariffs are killing American jobs...

Afternoon Brief, August 12

Wineries Worry About Impact of Water Rules: A new statewide order affecting how wineries dispose of water could undermine existing regional solutions, winery owners and their advocates say, and would impose new costs as the wine business struggles with tasting room closures and other measures intended to assure employee safety...

Afternoon Brief, August 11

COVID Online Wine Boom Fizzles Out: The Covid-inspired online wine sales increase continues, but it is running out of steam...

Afternoon Brief, August 10

Beloved Wine Industry Pioneer, Warner Henry, Passes Away at Age 82: Warner Henry, founder of The Henry Wine Group and universally credited with pioneering the industry standard for fine wine marketing and distribution in the United States, passed away on August 1, 2020...

Afternoon Brief, August 7

California Rolls Out Its Toughest Vintage: Harvest time is usually a celebratory affair in wine country, but this year is different...