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Behind the Wine: Grape Inspection Brings Jobs to Central Valley

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CLOVIS, Calif. — Over one hundred Californians across the Central Valley will be hired this summer to work behind the scenes in the wine...

Afternoon Brief, October 11

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First Big Rains of Rain Season Heading Toward Napa: Napa County could soon get a wet wallop, but local grape growers and Safeway Open golf tournament officials expect to weather the blow...

Afternoon Brief, September 20

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Wine Retailers Throw Down Gauntlet Against Direct-Shipping Restrictions: The book on modern direct-to-consumer wine-shipping law was written at the U.S. Supreme Court in 2005 with the Granholm v. Healddecision...

Afternoon Brief, July 1

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Parducci Maker Mendocino Wine Co. Buys Offbeat Brands Portfolio: Mendocino Wine Company, maker of the Parducci brand, has purchased the wine portfolio of Offbeat Brands...

Afternoon Brief, June 28

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New Groundwater Found Deep Under Central Valley: The Central Valley is home to California's productive farming belt, but the regions groundwater is so severely overdrafted in some places that the land has been sinking...

Afternoon Brief, August 4

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Natural Cocktail Used to Prevent, Treat Pierce's Disease: It's happy hour at a lab in College Station. The cocktail of choice, developed by scientists with Texas A&M AgriLife Research, is one that stops or prevents the deadly Pierce's disease on wine grapes

Afternoon Brief, April 28

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Roche chardonnay named 'Best of the Best' at North Coast Wine Challenge: The 24 judges who swirled and sipped through the Press Democrat's 2015 North Coast Wine Challenge in mid-April chose a classic white varietal, Roche 2013 Carneros Chardonnay French Oak Reserve, as its Best of the Best winner...

Afternoon Brief, March 11

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Napa County officials tackle tough wine industry growth questions: Napa County's growth summit ended after six hours of discussion and county leaders agreeing to launch a larger community conversation that could last for months...

Afternoon Brief, December 5

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Wine M&A pace may slow in 2015: After a relatively active string of sales of California vineyard, winery and brands in the past few years, the thirst for new deals likely will subside in the new year, thanks to back-to-back bumper crops and increasingly attractive alternatives in the Pacific Northwest...

Afternoon Brief, December 1

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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 12

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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, October 17

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Even normal rain won’t end California drought, expert says: California will likely remain in a drought this winter even if most areas receive normal rainfall, according to an expert from the federal Climate Prediction Center...

Afternoon Brief, May 20

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Treasury Wine Estates Rejects Kohlberg Kravis Roberts Offer: Treasury Wine Estates Ltd. rejected a 3.05 billion Australian dollar (US$2.85 billion) takeover bid from Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co., pitched as the world's No. 2 vintner grapples with a string of setbacks including poor U.S. sales that forced it destroy thousands of gallons of wine last year...
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