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Afternoon Brief, August 14

Neither Chinese Nor Americans Are Taking Over French Vineyards: A French study finds that just 2 percent of the nations vines are owned by foreign investors...

Afternoon Brief, August 11

Summer Heat to Shrivel French Wine Production: A long period of hot weather threatens to hit the wine harvest in France's famous Burgundy and Beaujolais regions, experts said on Tuesday

Afternoon Brief, July 23

It's critical El Niño hits Northern California. Why experts are growing optimistic: It's the middle of the summer, but it felt a bit like winter in the Sierra this week as a storm dumped four inches of hail on Interstate 80 around Donner Summit

Afternoon Brief, June 3

Massive Wine Fraud Sting Nets Prominent Canadian Industry Figures: Montréal police arrested 12 individuals, many in the wine industry, last month in what authorities are calling "one of the most [significant] tax-evasion schemes referring to alcohol contraband in Quebec."

Afternoon Brief: May 8

Napa city planners ease up on 75% local-grape rule for wineries in industrial zones: A board member for the Commons, formerly Napa Valley Corporate Park, argued for the change, saying the clash of city and county rules has driven winemakers south to industrial sites near unincorporated Napa County Airport...

Afternoon Brief, May 5

Judge dismisses legal challenge to Paul Hobbs vineyard project: A judge has dismissed a challenge to Sonoma County's approval of the controversial Paul Hobbs Winery vineyard project in Sebastopol, potentially ending a long-running legal dispute between the vintner known for his luxury wines and community activists...

Afternoon Brief, April 23

Rebellious California grape farmers want their confiscated raisins returned: The National Raisin Reserve, which is overseen by the Fresno-based Raisin Administrative Committee, is part of a post-World War II-era program that forces raisin producers to give part of their annual crop to the government to prevent an oversupply of the dried fruit...

Afternoon Brief, March 20

Arsenic-Tainted Wine: Overkill or a Real Killer? If you drank a bottle of the alleged arsenic-tainted California wine, there's probably no need to rush to the attorney's office to update your will...

Afternoon Brief, January 7

Jackson Family's Banke: 'I'd love to buy in Burgundy': Jackson Family Wines chairman Barbara Banke is determined to purchase an estate in Burgundy to sit alongside a growing list of properties around the world, she said in an exclusive interview for the latest issue of Decanter magazine...

Afternoon Brief, December 29

Chardonnay and Pinot Noir under threat from climate change: The taste of fine wines like chardonnay and pinot noir is under threat from rising temperatures caused by climate change, scientists have warned...

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 21

Napa Winemakers Argue Over the Valley's Visual Image: If you've never heard the term "viewshed" - like "watershed" - welcome to Napa Valley. The essence is that Napa's bucolic look is an asset that can't be messed with...

Afternoon Brief, November 13

Experts Foresee Dynamic Market for Mergers & Acquisitions in 2015: Wine industry financiers are predicting robust activity for winery and vineyard mergers and acquisitions throughout the remainder of 2014 and heading into the New Year...

Afternoon Brief, November 12

Australia's Peter Lehmann Wines Sold to Casella, Maker of Yellow Tail: Peter Lehmann Wines, an iconic Australian winery in the Barossa Valley, will soon have a new owner. Casella Family Brands, best known as the maker of Yellow Tail, offered $1.31 per share for the winery and brand...

Afternoon Brief, November 4

Google chief, social media gives wine the chance to shine: Social media platforms like YouTube give the wine industry the chance to connect directly with consumers in a way traditional media channels such as TV and newspapers have always denied them, according to Google's Hamish Nicklin...