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Afternoon Brief: May 11

Napa Wine Auction Goes for the Bling Factor: Auction Napa Valley has thousands of special bottles of wine on offer, but the industry's biggest fundraising event hasn't really been about the wine for years...

Making Wine on Shaky Ground: Industry Looks for Answers to Seismic...

By Elizabeth Hans McCrone The 6.0 earthquake that shook Napa Valley in the wee hours of the morning last August did a lot more than...

Plastic Barrel Racks Prove to Handle Earthquakes Better Than Steel

The unexpected benefit of the plastic racks was their pliable material construction. “The plastic racks are somewhat flexible and grab the barrels with more surface area,” said Williamson, “ and the plastic material is gentler on the barrels and doesn’t scratch the cellar floors, like the steel racks.”

Afternoon Brief, October 10

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 9

Napa Valley Grapegrowers expect to wrap up another successful harvest next week: Though this harvest is expected to be a little smaller than 2013, it will have a similar quality profile. The warm season translated into early bud break and harvest, could in turn translate into great quality wines, because it allows the winemakers flexibility in choosing when to harvest to get the flavor profile and acidity theyre looking for without fear of rain...

Afternoon Brief, October 8

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, September 19

Sta. Rita Hills Winegrowers Fight Proposed AVA Expansion: Unknown a decade ago, Sta. Rita Hills is now one of the most-respected regions in California for Pinot Noir. No wonder one vineyard owner outside its borders and one actually on the border want the AVA expanded to include them..

Afternoon Brief, September 10

France Set to Retake Global Wine Crown: France is set to take back the top spot as the worlds largest wine producer following a poor harvest in Italy but the industry is still struggling with the fall in Chinese demand...

Afternoon Brief, September 9

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, September 4

Former Napa Wine Executive Sentenced to Prison for Tax Evasion Scheme: Martin Christopher Edwards of the Wine Tasting Network was sentenced Tuesday to 33 months in prison for his involvement in an embezzlement and tax evasion scheme, U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag announced Wednesday...

Afternoon Brief, September 3

Winemakers Use Art to Attract an Audience for Wine: Art and wine have always had a natural affinity. Art openings are characterized by lavish wine receptions and hors d oeuvres. Tasting rooms are filled with intriguing artistic items that tempt customers into purchases...

Afternoon Brief, August 29

Impact-Napa Conference Focuses on Past, Present and Future of Napa Valley: With Sundays earthquake still fresh on peoples mind, members of the wine growing community gathered at Napas Meritage Resort & Spa for the North Bay Business Journals annual Impact: Napa conference...

Afternoon Brief, August 28

Deadly Winemaking Snakes Escape in China: Chaos erupted when deadly cobras used to make wine escaped into the city of Foshan in Chinas South-Eastern Guangdong province...