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Andy and Betty Beckstoffer Donate $1 Million to Center for Wine...

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(Rutherford, Calif.—November 16, 2021) – Andy Beckstoffer of Beckstoffer Vineyards today announced that he and his wife, Betty, have donated $1 million to the...

Afternoon Brief, September 4

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ABC Agents Will Be Out Labor Day Weekend: The California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) today announced it will have agents out working to keep the public safe through enforcement of alcoholic beverage laws on Labor Day weekend...

Afternoon Brief, August 31

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Wineries Need to Prep to Sustain Rise in Online Sales Beyond the Coronavirus Pandemic: In April and May, as the state was tossed into shutdown mode triggered by the coronavirus, the mandate may have provided a turning point, if not a wakeup call, for the wine industry when it comes to direct-to-consumer sales, according to the CEO of a Napa-based leader in selling wine online...

Cal Poly Releases Economic Impact Study of Proposed Groundwater-Use Cuts in...

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Paso Robles’s economy could lose up to $458 million annually and 3,300 jobs. Aug. 31, 2020 (Paso Robles, Calif.) – The proposed blanket cuts in...

Afternoon Brief, January 9

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Wine’s Most Inspiring People 2020: Leading with the Future in Mind: As a third-generation descendant of an iconic Napa Valley wine family and the owner of the oldest winery in Napa Valley, Peter Mondavi, Jr. understands the difficulty of keeping a family-owned winery in family hands...

Afternoon Brief, September 20

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North Coast Grape Growers Fear Tons of Fruit Will Be Left on the Vine Unsold: As he hustled around a flatbed trailer parked along the road earlier this week, Will Ivancovich was abuzz during the first day of grape picking for this years harvest at his Kenwood vineyard. Clad in a white fedora hat and with an unlit cigar dangling from his mouth, the 71-year-old Ivancovich easily kept up with the workers decades younger...

Afternoon Brief, September 16

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As Harvest Season Ramps Up, Napa Wineries Mindful of Carbon Dioxide Poisoning: Harvest season isn't just a hectic time for winemakers in the Napa Valley. It's also a busy stretch for wine country safety consultants, including Nicol Cadet-Cottam of Nicola Health and Safety. Among the major safety concerns for wineries is the possibility that workers could pass out in confined spaces, such as wine storage tanks or presses...

Cooperages 1912 and the Boswell Family Donate $250,000 to the JUSTIN...

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NAPA, Calif. (June 3, 2019) – Cooperages 1912 and the Boswell Family recently announced a $250,000 donation to Cal Poly’s new JUSTIN and J....

Afternoon Brief, July 17

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Napa's Duckhorn Wine Company announced this morning that it is purchasing Sonoma Pinot Noir powerhouse Kosta Browne Winery. Duckhorn will replace Kosta Browne's current stakeholders, the investment fund J.W. Childs, as the sole owner. The deal includes Kosta Browne's winery and tasting room in Sebastopol, as well as 80 acres of owned vineyards and leases on 90 additional acres, as well as all inventory...

Afternoon Brief, July 11

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Hybrid grapes don't get much love. France bans them in classified wines, except for Baco Noir in Armagnac distillation. Austria permits their use in the making and selling Uhudler wines in Sudburgenland but affords them the lowest labeling standard - Wein (formerly Tafelwein). In the United States, despite all the cold winters these grapes hardily endure, they dont always receive the warmest welcome among wine buyers...

Afternoon Brief, May 7

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Concern over Accurate Labeling Grows Despite decades in which California wine producers have sadly, yet legally and profitably labeled their products as "Champagne," and "Port," advocates of what a geographical place really conveys are finally fighting to get what they believe is essential information conveyed to consumers at large...

Afternoon Brief, January 4

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Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: How Alcohol Damages Stem Cell DNA and Increases Cancer Risk Drinking alcohol produces a harmful chemical in the...

Afternoon Brief, December 12

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Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: Vintage Wine Estates Acquires Layer Cake, Cherry Pie, and If You See Kay Brands Vintage Wine Estates today...

Cal Poly Wine & Viticulture Program Elevated to Department Status

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SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly’s College of Food, Agriculture & Environmental Sciences (CAFES) today announced that its popular Wine & Viticulture Program has...