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Afternoon Brief, June 18

Looming Insect Invasion Threatens California Wine: UC Riverside is testing whether a sesame seed-sized wasp can control a pest that could seriously damage California crops including wine, walnuts, and avocados ...

Afternoon Brief, June 14

Calistoga Winery, City Spar Over What Constitutes an 'Event': The Calistoga Planning Commission on Wednesday took up the debate of what does or does not constitute an "event" at a winery. They decided that Brian Arden Winery on Silverado Trail had violated its use permit with its First Friday Socials, which take place once a month from 5 to 7 p.m...

Afternoon Brief, June 13

Republic National Distributing Company and Young’s Market Company Announce Expanded Partnership: Republic National Distributing Company and Young's Market Company today announced a definitive agreement to partner in all markets in which Young's currently operates. The joint venture partnership expands upon Young's and RNDC's existing partnership in Arizona...

Afternoon Brief, June 11

Sonoma County Wine Industry Leaders Collaborate to Launch Innovative Student Program for Future Wine Industry Employees: Francis Ford Coppola Winery, Virginia Dare Winery, Sonoma County Vintners and Santa Rosa Junior College develop hands-on educational course and opportunity for real-world wine industry experience...

Afternoon Brief, June 4

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: E&J Gallo Winery CIO Drives Digital Innovation in Wine E&J Gallo Winery is a remarkable vertically integrated organization....

Afternoon Brief, May 23

Jackson Family Wines to Expand to Tasmania - Speaking to Drink Business during a recent trip to California, Pedro Rusk, Jackson Family Wines wine educator, said the company is keen to add a Tasmanian estate to its growing portfolio ...

Afternoon Brief, May 22

Wineries Innovate to Build Domestic Demand: Amid lingering trade uncertainties and a changing consumer market, some Northern California wineries are trying to get creative to maintain demand...

Afternoon Brief, May 15

Jackson Family Wines Vineyard Worker Dies in ATV Crash in Sonoma County: A longtime local worker for one of the country's largest wine producers died in an ATV crash Tuesday after his vehicle rolled over in a Bennett Valley vineyard, according to law enforcement...

Afternoon Brief, May 10

Dry Red Wines' 'Big Tannins' Are Literally Bigger, Study Says: Even casual drinkers can usually identify a wine with big tannins. Tannins emphasize a wines dryness by tingling the side of your mouth or leaving an almost rough feeling on your tongue ...

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, April 29

Turning a Critical Eye on Wine Critics: One of the frequent digs made in the Cabernet-infused cock pit of the bad old days (the Robert Parker bulletin board in the mid-noughties) was that, while the likes of Decanter magazine and certain wine competitions were all very well, their group tasting approach could smother the individual greatness of certain wines and the individual insights that came with the lone star approach...

Afternoon Brief, April 25

How Much Do People Spend on Alcohol?: Whether you like an occasional tipple or a have favorite go-to cocktail, there's no denying that drinking can get expensive. It may be one of the most common ways to socialize, but it can do a lot of damage to your wallet ...

Afternoon Brief, April 23

Gallo’s Acquisition Strategy Is Gift That Keeps on Giving for Premium Wine: The premium branded wine market can do with all the help it can get which is what makes E&J Gallos acquisition strategy potentially so important, not just for itself, but for the overall wine industry ...

Afternoon Brief, April 22

Dave Phinney and Co. Are on a Spirited Mission to Transform Mare Island: Talk with many Napa Valley winemakers and theyll tell you that Dave Phinney has the Midas touch when it comes to making wildly popular, edgy wines ...

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...