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Afternoon Brief, April 7

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U.S. Wine Brands Dominate 2015 Top 10 List: The wine industry as we know it today owes an inestimable debt to European knowhow and culture, but in commercial terms today's axis leans in a very different direction...

Afternoon Brief, April 6

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Can Music Change the Way Your Wine Tastes? Several studies produced over the past couple of decades demonstrate how music can influence the wines people buy, and even how a wine's taste is perceived...

Afternoon Brief, April 2

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Beringer Launches Category-Changing Method Of Consumer Sampling With Taste Station Program: This month Beringer unveils an industry-leading innovation that allows consumers to preview wine in stores without even taking a sip...

Afternoon Brief, April 1

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Brown orders California's first mandatory water restrictions: 'It's a different world': Gov. Jerry Brown, standing on a patch of brown grass in the Sierra Nevada that is usually covered with several feet of snow at this time of year, on Wednesday announced the first mandatory water restrictions in California history...

Afternoon Brief, March 31

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Figures reveal Robert Parker's declining influence on Bordeaux wine pricing: Such is Parker's present effect on the Bordeaux market that The Wine Investment Fund uses his scores as one of three pillars by which it measures the relative value of one wine against another...

Afternoon Brief, March 30

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Washington Wine Country's Nuclear Threat: A nuclear facility in Washington state's prime wine country is leaching radioactive groundwater and is one natural disaster away from Fukushi

Afternoon Brief, March 25

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Secret to terroir may lie in bacteria, say scientists: Researchers in the U.S. have published a study suggesting that the characteristics associated with terroir could have more to do with microbes found around the root system of a vine, than the soil that it grows in...

Afternoon Brief, March 23

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Parker: High Wine Prices Creating 'Caste System': The high prices set by famous wine estates is shutting people out of the market and creating a caste system of wine, according to Robert Parker, who also admitted that he is part of the problem...

Afternoon Brief, March 19

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"Very high levels of arsenic" in top-selling wines: A proposed class action lawsuit is being filed Thursday in California that claims some of the country's top selling wines have high levels of arsenic...

Afternoon Brief, March 18

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U.S. Authorities Sink Underwater Wine Maturation: Wineries will have to scuttle plans to age their wines under the sea after American authorities torpedoed the practice...

Afternoon Brief, March 17

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Napa Winery Owner Involved in Suspected Murder-Suicide: A Napa Valley vineyard became a crime scene on Monday, as a business meeting ended with two men dead in an apparent murder-suicide over a loan gone bad...

Afternoon Brief, March 16

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21st Annual Central Coast Insights with Experts and Troublemakers: Held for the first time in Paso Robles, the annual conference organized by the Wine Industry Symposium Group, attracted nearly 200 attendees from all facets of the wine industry...

Afternoon Brief, March 12

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Sonoma County Vintners Announce Wine Lots for Inaugural Barrel Auction: The Sonoma County Vintners invites members of the licensed wine trade to preview the never before, never again limited production wines that will be available for purchase at the inaugural Sonoma County Barrel Auction...

Afternoon Brief, March 10

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Brain Protein Could Hold Alcoholism Cure: A study, led by the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, found that the naturally-occurring brain protein called Neuropeptide Y, or NPY, was capable of suppressing binge alcohol drinking in mice...

Afternoon Brief, March 4

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Napa County may toughen code enforcement for wineries with "wall of shame": Napa County is looking for ways to make certain the rules it painstakingly crafts, from visitation caps for individual wineries to a ban on rural short-term vacation rentals, are actually followed...