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Afternoon Brief, November 18

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Winemaker Without Vines in View as Treasury Emulates Coke: Many vintners would love to own enough wine country to cover Manhattan twice over. Not Treasury Wine Estates, maker of $850-a-bottle Penfolds Grange...

Afternoon Brief, October 31

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Militant French winemakers strike social security building: Vandals claiming allegiance to the French militant winemaker group Comite d'Action Viticole have attacked social security offices in Languedoc Roussillon, as tension rises over the level of aid available to hail-struck producers...

Afternoon Brief, October 27

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Police Investigating U.S. Winemaker's Death: Police in Oregon are investigating the death of pioneering Washington-based winemaker Eric Dunham whose body was found in Cannon Beach last Thursday...

Afternoon Brief, October 10

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California aquifers contaminated with billions of gallons of fracking wastewater: Industry illegally injected about 3 billion gallons of fracking wastewater into central California drinking-water and farm-irrigation aquifers, the state found after the US Environmental Protection Agency ordered a review of possible contamination...

Afternoon Brief, October 8

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TTB Establishes 11 New Viticultural Areas Within the Paso Robles Viticultural Area: On Thursday, October 9, 2014, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau will publish a final rule in Federal Register establishing 11 new American viticultural areas within the existing Paso Robles viticultural area in San Luis Obispo County, California...

Afternoon Brief, October 7

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Robert L. Hall, owner of Robert Hall Winery, dies at 85: The Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance reported today that Robert L. Hall, owner of Robert Hall Winery, passed away peacefully at his home Saturday at the age of 85 from complications related to an extended illness...

Afternoon Brief, October 3

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Harvey Posert Jr., the Man Behind Robert Mondavi’s Message, Dies at 84: Harvey Posert Jr., a career professional in public relations who was one of the leading figures behind the scenes in California wine's success over the past 40 years, died early on Oct. 3 at St. Helena Hospital...

Afternoon Brief, October 2

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Winery Worker Killed in Vineyard Accident: A French winery worker has died after being run over by a harvesting machine. The 54 year-old male died instantly yesterday morning at Le Flaudrie in the municipality of Réparsac in Frances south-west...

Afternoon Brief, September 11

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Honore Comfort, Sonoma County Vintners group chief to step down: The top official with Sonoma County Vintners, the major advocacy and promotional trade group for the countys wineries, announced Wednesday she will leave the organization after almost nine years on the job...

Afternoon Brief, September 9

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Did Napa Quake Unearth Groundwater?: According to one news report, the 6.0 earthquake reportedly allowed groundwater to surface in dry creek beds and streams. Its not the first time seismic events have changed the course of water...

Afternoon Brief, August 27

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Federal Aid May be Extended to California Winemakers: The nation's premier wine-producing region is assessing damage from the strongest earthquake to strike northern California in 25 years and may receive aid from the federal government...

Afternoon Brief, August 26

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Most wineries not insured for quake losses: Napa and Sonoma winemakers on Monday assessed the toll of the American Canyon earthquake, which could saddle wineries with costly losses because most are not insured for quake damage...

Afternoon Brief, August 19

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California has given away rights to far more water than it has: California has allocated five times more surface water than the state actually has, making it hard for regulators to tell whose supplies should be cut during a drought, University of California researchers reported...

Afternoon Brief, August 7

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Wine Counterfeiter Rudy Kurniawan Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison: Rudy Kurniawan, the first person to be tried and convicted in a U.S. federal court for counterfeiting wine, was sentenced today to 10 years in prison...

Afternoon Brief, July 10

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A Casino in Napa Wine Country?: Three million visitors come to Napa every year to enjoy great wine, food and gorgeous scenery. But some vintners are worried a casino may join the landscape, and the issue has created a bitter legal and public relations battle...
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