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Afternoon Brief, September 13th

Wildfire Smoke Ruins Taste of Some Wines: Grapes exposed to smoke absorb chemicals that can alter — and sometimes ruin — the taste and smell of resultant wines. This “smoke taint” has become a growing concern for the industry...

Afternoon Brief, October 12

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...

Bonny Doon Vineyard Continues on Track Following 2019 Sale

(SANTA MARGARITA, Calif.) – When WarRoom Cellars purchased the Bonny Doon label in 2019, iconic owner Randall Grahm, a self-declared “anti-pointillist”, worried about how...

Afternoon Brief, January 10

Could Climate Change Mean an End to Cabernet in Napa Valley? This Winemaker Thinks So: Cab is king in Napa Valley. But as secure as its reign may seem, some think we shouldn't take it for granted...

Afternoon Brief, October 24

Fast-Moving Wildfire Ignites in Northern California Wine Country, Prompting Evacuations: A fast-moving wildfire aided by powerful winds in Northern California's wine country has prompted mandatory evacuation orders in Geyserville, an area of Sonoma County 75 miles north of San Francisco. The Kincade Fire had spread to 10,000 acres just over 15 square miles by early Thursday, with no containment, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection..

Afternoon Brief, December 13

Opus One Sues Supplier Alleging Barrels Were Contaminated with TCA: A Napa Valley winery has filed a lawsuit for more than $470,000 over the sale of barrels allegedly contaminated with 2,4,6-trichloroanisole (TCA), according to court records...

Afternoon Brief, July 20

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: How an Important Central Coast Vineyard Fought Off the Alamo Fire Two of the current wildfire season's biggest...

Afternoon Brief, April 24

Value Wins at Sonoma Wine Auction Many people told me this off the record so I'm going to lead with it: the Sonoma County Barrel Auction is more fun than Premiere Napa Valley...

Afternoon Brief, August 18

Positive Wine Industry Survey Results, but PR Efforts Still Needed: Survey results released by Sonoma State's Wine Business Institute last week ran contrary to the impression given by several recent stories about the wine industry clashing with locals about vineyard and winery development

Her Side of the Story: Lessons & Insights from Central Coast...

By Laura Ness While their ranks are steadily growing, women winemakers are still relatively rare in California, with about 10% of the total. One region...