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Afternoon Brief, November 8

Oregon Wine's Civil Civil War: Oregon has always been one of the chummiest wine-producing states in the US and one of the leaders of a new breakaway trade group says that is still the goal ...

Afternoon Brief, October 31

Firefighters Push Back Kincade Fire and Sonoma Vintners Begin to Return Home: In the early Wednesday afternoon, many of the tens of thousands of evacuated residents of Sonoma County got word that they could return home...

Afternoon Brief, October 30

Kincade Fire Tears Through Sonoma County, Inches Toward Napa According to Cal Fire, the Kincade fire had grown to 76,825 acres, with 30% containment, as of Wednesday morning. Fears that overnight winds would push the fire closer to Santa Rosa, and would follow the path of the 2017 Tubbs fire, subsided as the winds died down towards dawn...

Afternoon Brief, October 29th

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: Firefighters Battle Sonoma Blaze While Wineries Wonder and Worry According to state agency Cal Fire, the Kincade fire...

Afternoon Brief, October 23

New Law, Citing Napa as Inspiration, Seeks to Change Status Quo of Farmworker Housing: A new law, drawing upon inspiration from Napas farmworker housing model, could transform the housing landscape for workers and their families statewide. The bill, AB 1783, creates new opportunity for streamlined creation of single-family farmworker housing on surplus agricultural land ...

Afternoon Brief, October 21

Wineries Sue Insurers for $20 Million in Smoke Taint Losses - Kunde and Vintage Wine Estates (VWE) have filed suit against their insurers at Sonoma County Superior Court collectively seeking approximately $20 million in losses. The wineries claim their insurers wrongfully refused to pay for smoke taint damages caused by the October 2017 Northern California wildfires ...

Afternoon Brief, October 18

From Tariffs to Cannabis, Napa Valley Vintners Take on New Challenges: Formed 75 years ago this month, the Napa Valley Vintners (NVV) trade group now includes 550 wineries representing 99% of Napa Valley wine production. Totaling about 9 million cases annually, Napa Valley accounts for only about 4% of California's production, but it remains the most prestigious growing region in North America and the calling card for American wines around the world...

Afternoon Brief, October 14

PG&E Wants to Seize Private Vineyard Property for Liquid Natural Gas Plant in Calistoga: PG&E is taking Calistoga vineyard owner Terry Gard to court, to seize a portion of his land for a liquid natural gas plant. Since the beginning of the year, the utility has tried to reach an agreement with Gard, who steadfastly refuses to cede any of the property his family has farmed for generations...

Afternoon Brief, October 9

Sonoma County Wineries Continue the Grape Harvest Using Backup Power: Regional wineries have ramped up emergency plans for PG&E's scheduled power outage Wednesday by securing generators and electricians so they will be able to continue with the annual grape harvest that still has about a month remaining ...

Afternoon Brief, October 7

California Wineries Plan Price Hikes: Young drinkers, cannabis and White Claw were much on the minds of attendees at last week's Wine Industry Financial Symposium in Napa but so were greater profit margins ...

Afternoon Brief, September 27

Police Dismantle Grape Harvest Human Trafficking Ring: In a joint operation on 17 September, over 80 law enforcers from both Bulgaria and France helped to raid an organised crime group involved in labour exploitation and money laundering. The group recruited workers from Bulgaria for the harvest season in France ...

Afternoon Brief, September 24

For California Wineries During Harvest, PG&E Power Outages Could Be Disastrous - Jon Phillips, a Santa Rosa winemaker, walked into his local hardware store in search of a generator only to learn another customer had walked out with the last one ...

Afternoon Brief, September 18

Would New Fee Empower Wine Country Marketing Efforts? : Should Santa Barbara County wineries impose a two percent fee on each bottle sold to help pay for regional marketing efforts? The staff and board members of the Santa Barbara Vintners certainly believe so...

Afternoon Brief, August 30

‘Terroir…Is That a Dog?’ Survey Exposes Wine Knowledge: Wine experts have grappled with a definition of terroir for decades, but more than one in four Britons surveyed thought that it referred to a small breed of dog, according to results published this week. While 34% did correctly connect terroir to wine, another 30% of respondents believed it was a type of French horror film ...

Afternoon Brief, August 27

Wineries Share Their Point-of-Sale System Priorities and Experiences - Point-of-Sale systems in wineries seem to be a love-hate relationship many times the hate overcoming the love as the frustrations of adapting to changing and challenging environments puts a strain on winery personnel and the electronic retail and data system that supports their efforts ...