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Afternoon Brief, August 15

Clayton Fire in Lake County Destroys Lower Lake Winery: Though the Clayton fire has destroyed one winery, Lake County vintners reported Monday their $61 million industry remained largely unscathed to date...

Afternoon Brief, July 10

United States set to overtake Australia for NZ wine exports: Winemaker Alex Giesen is tipping the United states to become our biggest export market in one to two years, but it may happen even faster

Afternoon Brief, April 27

China wine growers beat France for second place: China overtook France last year as the world's second largest wine grower by area under cultivation as it continued to plant vast fields of mostly imported grape vines to meet growing demand...

Afternoon Brief, February 13

Among Treasury Wine Estates' key initiatives in the U.S. market in recent months has been a renewed emphasis on the $10-$20 price area, a strategy that is now yielding growth on several of its main brands...

Afternoon Brief, December 1

Problems with wine price increases: With the U.S. wine market expecting to post its 21st consecutive year of growth in case good sales, a relatively healthy U.S. economy and an even brighter picture in the Bay Area, North Coast wineries are enjoying robust demand for their products, particularly through tasting rooms and club sales...

Afternoon Brief, November 24

‘Great Napa Valley wines will rival Bordeaux First Growths’: Moet-Hennessy Estates & Wine CEO: Jean-Guillaume Prats, Moet-Hennessy Estates and Wine CEO, says he believes great wine produced in Californias Napa Valley will rival the finest Bordeaux in future years...

Afternoon Brief, November 6

Charles Krug Winery Honors its Wine Industry Icon, Peter Mondavi: Charles Krug Winery and the Peter Mondavi Sr. family announced today the centennial birthday of winery patriarch Peter Mondavi, Sr. is on Saturday, November 8th, making him the oldest working winemaker in the Napa Valley...

Afternoon Brief, November 5

New research predicts California droughts will worsen: Future droughts in California are likely to bite deeper and last longer than the one now gripping the state, according to new research into the potential effects of climate change...

Afternoon Brief, November 3

Wine Spectator to Unveil Top 100 Wines of 2014: After tasting more than 18,000 wines from vineyards around the globe, the editors at Wine Spectator are set to release their much-anticipated list of the Top 100 Wines of 2014...

Afternoon Brief, October 31

Militant French winemakers strike social security building: Vandals claiming allegiance to the French militant winemaker group Comite d'Action Viticole have attacked social security offices in Languedoc Roussillon, as tension rises over the level of aid available to hail-struck producers...

Afternoon Brief, October 28

How bad is the California drought?: Across California, from the manicured lawns of Beverly Hills to sun-baked farmers' fields, they are praying for rain this winter. But "El Nino," the weather phenomenon which sometimes brings storms, will be "weak" and "offer little help" to the desperately parched state...

Afternoon Brief, October 24

New AVAs Put Paso Robles in Wine Industry Big Leagues: On the heels of a top national ranking from Wine Enthusiast Magazine, Paso Robles Wine Country is rolling out an expanded set of sub-brands to put it on equal footing with Napa and Sonoma Counties...

Afternoon Brief, October 23

Petaluma Gap AVA Bid Blowing in the Wind: Sonoma County already has 16 AVAs, but growers in the Petaluma Gap are applying for their own sub-appellation...

Afternoon Brief, October 20

Ignorance of the Endangered Species Act Could be Costly for Vineyards and Wineries: When President Nixon signed the Endangered Species Act (ESA) into law on December 28, 1973, it must have been hard to predict how the legislation would impact agricultural practices decades into the future...

Afternoon Brief, October 13

North Coast winegrape harvest early, lighter, dodges problems: Thanks to an early start to the 2014 North Coast winegrape season and moderate temperatures with serious weather issues in between, harvest started and wrapped early throughout the region...