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Afternoon Brief, October 31

Wineries’ Impact Brings Taste of Bitterness to Sonoma Campaign: A supervisors race between two liberal candidates in Sonoma County has turned into a good ol' Wine Country brawl amid fear that the region is too quickly transforming into a pricey, water-sucking theme park for the almighty grape...

Afternoon Brief, August 4

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, July 22

Grape Harvest Off to an Early Start in Napa Valley: George Sanchez said he's been harvesting grapes for 40 years. On Wednesday, his seasonal ritual began earlier than ever in a Napa Valley vineyard soaked in a morning glow...

Afternoon Brief: June 8

Auction Napa Valley Has a Legendary Day: Dinner with the stars, fabulous trips abroad and even some wine - it must be Auction Napa Valley time again...

Afternoon Brief, April 9

Constellation Sees 24% Net Sales Increase: Constellation Brands has reported a 24% increase to net sales in its 2015 end of year results, largely propelled by its Mexican beer business...

Afternoon Brief, September 30

Woman dies falling into vat of wine after being overcome by fumes: Wine specialist Nerea Pérez is believed to have lost her balance while watching the fermenting process...

Constellation Pilots Innovative BioFiltro Wastewater Treatment System

Constellation plans to put millions of earthworms to work in 2015. Don’t worry, they won’t be making the wine, they’ll be cleaning the wastewater...

Afternoon Brief, September 2

The Demand for Sustainability Resonates with the Wine Industry: Sustainability in vineyard operations and wine making is nothing new. For many wineries it has been an integrated, albeit unspoken, part of their operating philosophies for years, but the growing awareness and demand for sustainability from consumers has created new challenges and opportunities for wineries...

Afternoon Brief, August 20

3rd Annual North Coast Wine Industry Expo Attendee Registration Now Open: The Wine Industry Network (WIN) announced attendee registration for the 2014 North Coast Wine Industry Expo to be held on December 4th opened today...

Afternoon Brief, August 8

El Nino forecast drops 20 percent for Northern California: Early reports indicate that the chance of having a strong El Niño season this winter has dropped, according to the National Weather Service...

Afternoon Brief, August 4

Wine brand heritage doesn’t matter, Glossing the Rex Goliath effect: The success of newer US wine brands such as Rex Goliath and Barefoot suggests a new generation places less value on provenance and heritage than on what the drinks say about them...

Afternoon Brief, July 25

Vintner Jim Fetzer closing Ceago Vinegarden: Jim Fetzer, who worked along with his family to create their namesake wine and then later started his own Lake County winery noted for its unique biodynamic farming, has announced his retirement...

Afternoon Brief, July 22

New Rodney Strong Winery Installation Optimized for Quality and Economy: Last year the old 11,500 square foot warehouse behind the main Rodney Strong Winery building was used exclusively for storage, but today its a state of the art winemaking facility nearly ready for harvest...

Afternoon Brief July 16

Wine corks may owe quality to gene activity: Even the most superb wine won't last without its cork, but the quality of this renewable oaken resource has nose-dived in recent years. A new genetic study of trees that produce high- and low-quality cork divulges some clues behind this decline, hinting at a possible link to climate change...

Afternoon Brief, July 1

Bye bye Bordeaux! The new bull market for wine: When a pack of wine collectors arrived in the private second floor of Manhattan's Bowery Hotel last Thursday for an auction held by Acker Merrall & Condit, they weren't there to hold back...