Afternoon Brief

Afternoon Brief, October 14

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Family Wine Company Acquires BNA Wine Group’s Portfolio of Wines: Miller Family Wine Company, a division of the industry-leading Thornhill Companies, is pleased to announce their recent acquisition of BNA Wine Group’s portfolio of wines, including the popular Butternut brand...

Afternoon Brief, October 13

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Could a Tool to Combat Coronavirus Also Protect Grapevines from an Annual Threat?: Scientists and vintners are exploring using UV lights, now being employed in HVAC systems to reduce the threat of COVID-19, as a weapon against mildew...

Afternoon Brief, October 12

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How Winemakers Craft Clean Natural Wines: Why are some natural wines marked by volatile acidity, Brett, and mousiness, while others aren't? Alex Russan investigates...

Afternoon Brief, October 9

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Wine's COVID Winners and Losers: As the world learns to live with coronavirus, what impact has it had on wine prices?...

Afternoon Brief, October 8

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Tariff Wars Cause Sharp Decline in Wine and Whisky Exports: Dozens of global drinks trade bodies have written to the European Union and US government demanding an end to their tariff war after exports of French, German, Italian and Spanish wine have fallen by 54% since last year...

Afternoon Brief, October 7

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Wine Country Starts Picking Up the Pieces: Winery and vineyard owners have been through hell this year. How will they recover?...

Afternoon Brief, October 6

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An Estimated 80% of Napa Cabernet May Be Lost to Fire and Smoke: On the evening of Sept. 27, when winemaker Chris Howell saw flames on a ridge a mile away from Cain Vineyard and Winery, he and his wife Katie Lazar knew they had to leave...

Afternoon Brief, October 5

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Charles Krug Winery Hosts Basecamp for PG&E to Assist Firefight: When disaster strikes, you do what comes naturally. And when you’ve been around as a viable business since 1861, there’s some deep-rooted innate corporate wisdom that rises to the fore, ready to fight on to face another day...

Afternoon Brief, October 2

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Smoke Exposure: ‘Get Out of Jail Free Card’ for Winegrape Buyers: Another year of catastrophic wildfires in California is once again raising concern about smoke exposure in winegrapes. President and CEO of Allied Grape Growers, Jeff Bitter said most vineyards are being harvested without analysis of smoke impact...

Afternoon Brief, October 1

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Grape and Bulk Market Activity Increases as Wineries Seek Ways to Supplement a Smaller, Smoke Plagued Vintage: The Lightning Complex, or LMU fire, came earlier this year than Sonoma and Napa had experienced in recent years, so many of the vineyards had hanging fruit. A few whites had been harvested and early ripening Pinot Noir but those harvests were in the minority...

Afternoon Brief, September 30

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Vineyards Help Protect Wine Country During Glass Fire: Napa County has been hit hard by wildfires but experts say the damage could have been worse. Wine country’s most precious crop may have prevented the fire from spreading...

Afternoon Brief, September 29

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Meadowood Resort, Newton, Burgess and Behrens Among Napa Wildfire’s Many Victims: The Glass Incident fires have consumed more than 42,500 acres, with historic wineries and vineyards in their paths...

Afternoon Brief, September 28

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California's Historic 41-Year-Old Napa Valley Winery 'Consumed' by Glass Fire: The Glass Fire in California has burned the Chateau Boswell Winery in St. Helena, which dates back to 1979 and is among a handful of privately owned family wineries in the Napa Valley...

Afternoon Brief, September 25

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Winemakers Face Up to Smoke Taint Reality: West Coast wineries are having to make hard decisions about how to deal with the tumultuous 2020 vintage...

Afternoon Brief, September 24

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California Regulators Identify Violations After Rodney Strong Wine Spill, but No Fine Yet: One of the largest wine spills in Sonoma County history this year violated federal and state clean water laws, according to California officials, who are still deciding whether an accident at a Healdsburg winery that emptied a 100,000-gallon tank and polluted the Russian River with red wine will result in any fines...