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Afternoon Brief, August 25

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Scientists: Napa quake should be a ‘wake-up call’: The earthquake that struck Napa County early Sunday could have been much larger, scientists said, given the track record of the fault that most likely caused the shaking...

Afternoon Brief, August 22

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Napa Valley May Cut Back on New Wineries: With more than 500 wineries in Napa Valley, some leaders are asking if it's time to consider a moratorium on new ones...

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 18

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U.S. women drink wine to relax, men look for high quality: Men and women are different when it comes to their wine habits. New research from Canadean finds that in the US, women drink wine in order to relax and unwind, seeking good value options, whereas men are more likely to be wine buffs, searching for high quality and new drink experiences...

Afternoon Brief, July 25

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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 21

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Three mistakes every small winery makes when dealing with retailers, and how to correct them for more sales into the channel: Wineries often forget that when they come off the pristine grounds of said winery to visit the market they are entering the lions den. Retailers are doing 1000 things at one time, and a winemaker visit or a winery visit does not stop the days activities...

Afternoon Brief, July 18

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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 July 14

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Direct to Consumer Sales Fails to Lift the Wine Industry: The DTC movement is a wonderful idea, and there is no doubt that as regulations soften and technological efficiencies prevail, it will be a sustainable revenue stream going forward. That day is not today...

Direct to Consumer Sales Fails to Lift the Wine Industry

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- Brian D Rosen My team and I just returned from a few days in Napa, CA. For those not in the business Napa is...

Afternoon Brief, May 27

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St. Helena wine consultant sued for $1.6 million: A vintner is suing a wine consultant for $1.6 million, alleging he was negligent when he failed to produce a new top-quality cult wine, according to court records filed in Napa County Superior Court...

Afternoon Brief, May 2

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Treasury Wine Soars on Pernod’s Reported Interest in Assets: Treasury Wine Estates Ltd. surged the most on record in Sydney trading after the Australian newspaper said Pernod Ricard SA is interested in buying its U.S. assets...

Afternoon Brief, Feb 7

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Trending Story: 5 Unified Exhibitors You Should Have Visited Randox offered an excellent opportunity for wineries looking to expand their wine analysis capacity. They brought in their...

Wineries Report Increased Use of Social Media to Enhance Direct to...

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By Elizabeth Hans McCrone More than 60% of wineries and wine-related businesses say they plan to increase their use of social media over the next...

Afternoon Brief, Jan. 24

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Trending Story: Asia Pacific wine trade loses $1 bn a year to red tape: APEC Red tape is costing the Asia Pacific's wine industry $1.0 billion...

Passion In The Tasting Room – How To Inspire It In...

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By Sue Straight Wine inspires passion, or it should, anyway. Any wine lover will tell you about lovely, wine-drenched conversations that they have enjoyed with...