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Afternoon Brief, October 25

Sonoma County’s Jackson Family Among Vineyard Owners Impacted by Kincade Fire - The Kincade fire, driven by fierce winds, whipped through choice vineyards and Sonoma County Wine Country estates, damaging or destroying some of the region’s most valuable property. In the midst of the smoke and haze that hung thick as the mercury rose over the Alexander Valley, Jackson Family Wines scion Julia Jackson's home, and numerous buildings on the Jackson Family estate, were destroyed ...

Afternoon Brief, August 5

Why Women in the Wine Industry Stay Silent About Abuse: An industry veteran examines the structures that she says are keeping victims quiet-and provides a framework for moving forward...

Afternoon Brief, May 30

Napa County Vineyard Company Fined $38,000 After Field Worker Killed in Grape-Picking Accident: The U.S. Department of Labor says De Coninck Vineyards in American Canyon should be fined $38,000 in violations after the death of a Napa field worker in October...

Afternoon Brief, April 15

The Best AVA Not on the Label: If you want some great Syrah, I'm going to tell you about a place that grows it. The wines are fascinating - complex and not fruit-driven - and a true product of their unique terroir. But the region might break the American Viticultural Area system...

Afternoon Brief, March 5

Vintage Wine Estates Purchases Wine Packaging Pioneer Alloy Wine Works: Vintage Wine Estates is excited to announce the acquisition of Alloy Wine Works, one of the first innovators of fine varietal, appellated wines available in aluminum cans...

Afternoon Brief, February 5

Napa County Hits B Cellars with Code Notice over Food Service: Napa County says Oakville-based B Cellars winery appears to overemphasize food service in violation of county laws for wineries in unincorporated areas, with the winery disagreeing...

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, December 27

U.S. Ambassador to Israel Was Tricked into Investing in an Israeli Winery, Lawsuit Alleges: The U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman was presented with allegedly fraudulent documents when he agreed to invest $730,000 in an Israeli wine company, according to a lawsuit filed Wednesday to a Tel Aviv District Court...

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...

Sonoma-Cutrer Leads Three Decades Reunion of “Focus on Chardonnay”

The World’s Finest Old World and New World Chardonnay Producers Come Together to Share Winemaking Expertise During Finale Reunion August 8, 2017, WINDSOR, CA –...

Afternoon Brief, April 4

Domaine Chandon Fined for Spilling Waste into Napa River Domaine Chandon Inc. has been ordered to pay roughly $24,000 for spilling wine waste into a tributary of the Napa River in the Napa Valley last summer according to court records...

Afternoon Brief, February 25

U.S. wine exports in 2014 second highest on record: Exports of U.S. wine last year were the second-most valuable on record, reaching $1.49 billion in revenue, nearly all of it from California...

Afternoon Brief, July 18

California farmers fight drought-inspired regulation of groundwater pumping: A report this week from UC Davis researchers highlighted again the threat that drought poses to California's groundwater supply. But farmers and others are at odds about how the state should monitor and regulate use of water pumped from wells...

Afternoon Brief, April 18

Diageo blames political instability as growth stalls: Diageo's interim results show only 0.3% growth over the last nine months, with organic net sales down 7.4% to Quarter 3...