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Afternoon Brief, February 7

Every aspect of the wine and winegrape industry, from science and technology to trends and markets, came under the microscope as experts, economists, scientists and researchers from around the world shared their perspectives with thousands of industry professionals at the 26th Unified Wine & Grape Symposium (Unified), which wrapped up here today ...

Afternoon Brief, January 10

Could Climate Change Mean an End to Cabernet in Napa Valley? This Winemaker Thinks So: Cab is king in Napa Valley. But as secure as its reign may seem, some think we shouldn't take it for granted...

Afternoon Brief, December 16

Liz Paquette, Director of Brand and Head of Consumer Insights at Drizly predicts that 2020 is going to bring an explosion of non-traditional packaging variants, with a particular focus on the Ready to Drink (RTD) segment, where packaging plays a key role ...

Afternoon Brief, November 1

U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein Says Senate Approves New Funding, Resources for Combating California Wildfires: Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) on Thursday released the following statement after helping securing additional wildfire funding and resources in the package of funding bills passed by the Senate...

Afternoon Brief, October 4

Eyeing a Possible Recession, California Wineries Cut Back on Production — and Farmers Suffer: Paul Johnson farms 450 acres of wine grapes in Monterey County for his family's Johnson Vineyard Co. Normally, a range of local wineries, under multiyear contracts, buy his Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes. But after last year's harvest, Johnson began to worry when no winery clients renewed their contracts...

Afternoon Brief, September 27

Police Dismantle Grape Harvest Human Trafficking Ring: In a joint operation on 17 September, over 80 law enforcers from both Bulgaria and France helped to raid an organised crime group involved in labour exploitation and money laundering. The group recruited workers from Bulgaria for the harvest season in France ...

Afternoon Brief, July 26

Pushing Back Against "Burgundian" Wine: Talking about wine isn't always easy. Finding the accurate words to describe what's in a glass can be intimidating and challenging all at once. However, nothing disservices the explanation of a wine more than using another region to describe its profile...

Afternoon Brief, July 15

The Role of Nanotechnology in the Future of Wine Research: Early research into smart materials or magnetic nanoparticles to remove proteins and unwanted aromas has been promising and researchers say the technology could potentially be used to remove other wine faults such as smoke or cork taint in the future ...

Afternoon Brief, July 5

Could Coca Cola Try to Buy Pernod Ricard’s Wine Brands?: Rumours started circulating around Pernod Ricards intention to sell its wine brands, which include Jacobs Creek, based out of the Barossa Valley, and other labels including Brancott Estate, Kenwood and Campo Viejo, earlier this year ...

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 5

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: New Privacy Law Puts California Wineries at a Competitive Disadvantage The California Consumer Privacy Act is intended to...

Afternoon Brief, May 29

Fire, Smoke Damages Windsor Winery Warehouse, 300 Barrels of Wine: Fire Tuesday night sparked by staining rags badly damaged a Windsor winery warehouse and some 300 barrels of wine, according to a Sonoma County Fire District official. The Hillview Road fire at Notre Vue Estate Winery and Vineyard...

Afternoon Brief, May 8

Walla Walla Prison Project Nears Start Date - The co-owner of Walla Walla Vineyard Management told the drinks business that after final approval was granted, he intended to plant two hectares of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Malbec on a southeastern block of the prisons land in March 2020 ...

#SauvBlancDay or Everyday: Around the World with Sauvignon Blanc

By Chris Sawyer When the annual International Sauvignon Blanc Day (aka #sauvblancday via social media) takes place on Friday, May 3, there so many so...

Afternoon Brief, April 30

Amazon Ramps Up Wine Sales: Retailers across sectors have been closing at a swift clip as more sales move to the web. The wine business is not immune to this trend and Amazon, since its 2017 acquisition of Whole Foods, does not intend to miss out on its piece of the wine-fueled pie...