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Afternoon Brief, May 9

US Wine, Beer, Spirits Consumption 'in a Holding Pattern' as Public Leans Toward Less Alcohol: As such consumption appears to be slowing while sales are growing for certain drinks competing with traditional table wine, the upper end of the industry is increasingly embracing mechanization and other technology once eschewed ...

Afternoon Brief, March 14

It’s Snowing in California Vineyards, and Winemakers Are Loving it - Whether or not you're a skier or snowboarder, you know the adage. If it's raining in San Francisco, it must be snowing in Tahoe ...

Afternoon Brief, January 28

Winegrowers Instructed on 'Future-Proofing' Napa Wine in the Digital Age: Is Napas wine industry ready for the future? Paul Mabray thinks not. Mabray, CEO of market research company Emetry.io, offered this take at a Napa Valley Grapegrowers symposium Wednesday, ..

Afternoon Brief, January 17

Napa Is Suddenly Abuzz with Winery and Vineyard Sales: After a relatively quiet period in Napa Valley mergers and acquisitions, we are suddenly seeing a flurry of activity. The big headline: Ed and Deb Fitts have sold Brand, the very high-end estate on Napa's Pritchard Hill that they founded in 2005, to Jim Bean and Christine O'Sullivan for an undisclosed price...

Afternoon Brief, November 19

Harvard Spent $100 Million on Vineyards. Now It's Fighting with the Neighbors: Four years ago, Harvard University bought an old cattle ranch in the foothills of the Sierra Madre Mountains. On an arid expanse north of Santa Barbara, California, the schools endowment set out to make money from a notoriously tricky business: vineyards ...

Afternoon Brief, October 29

The Winery That Cried Wolf on Cork: Amorim, the largest cork producer in the world has made major innovations in closures over the years. From updating cork-harvesting techniques and standards to producing higher quality corks for less money with less labor the Santa Maria de Lamas, Portugal-based cork giant has constantly attempted to innovate and change up the game on the wine closure industry...

Afternoon Brief, October 26

The Hidden Figures Behind the Judgment of Paris: You’ve heard of the 1976 Judgment of Paris, the competition that proved to the stuffy French establishment that California, too, was capable of great wine. You may remember the media hoopla around one of the Judgment’s myriad anniversaries ...

Afternoon Brief, October 4

Local Experts Weigh in on the State of the North Coast Wine Industry: What's been happening in the North Coast wine industry? Specifically developed to for wineries in Sonoma, Napa, Lake, and Mendocino Counties...

Afternoon Brief, October 2

California Winery Blames 'Smoke Taint' from Wildfires in Canceling Rogue Valley Grape Contracts: Dozens of vineyard owners in Southern Oregon's Rogue Valley region opened their mail on Sept. 22 to discover a notice from California-based Copper Cane LLC canceling their contracts for this year's grapes...

Afternoon Brief, July 30

Carriers Trashing Wine Shipments Some shipments of wine from New York are being confiscated and destroyed...

Afternoon Brief, June 19

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: The Devil Seeks Forgiveness from Merlot The man who single-handedly slaughtered the great grape's reputation fronts up to...

Afternoon Brief, June 8

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: High-End Growth Drives Domestic Sparkling Wine As the total domestic sparkling wine category edges closer to the 11-million-case...

Afternoon Brief, June 4

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: Abundant Generosity and Unexpected Moments Delight Guests at 38th Auction Napa Valley Napa Valley Vintners' celebrated charity wine...

Afternoon Brief, May 31

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: How Producers Are Returning to Winemaking’s Roots Producers all over the world are going back to winemaking's roots...

Afternoon Brief, April 24

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: Napa County Winegrape Value Hits Record $750M with Big Cabernet Sauvignon Jump Napa County's winegrape harvest last year...