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Afternoon Brief, December 11

Holiday Horror Stories from the Land of Retail: When trouble strikes in retail, it's often during the holidays. The two-week period around Christmas and New Year's Eve is the biggest time of year for wine sales in the U.S...

Vinfolio Raises $5 Million and Launches Mobile App Under New Leadership

San Francisco, California | March 21, 2018 - Vinfolio.com, the nation's leading fine wine sales and service provider, has just announced a series of changes...

Afternoon Brief, November 11

Announcing Wine Enthusiast's 2014 Wine Star Award Winners: Each year since 2000, the editors of Wine Enthusiast have honored individuals whose vision has impacted the wine and spirits industries with our Wine Star Awards...

Afternoon Brief, October 31

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 21

Symposium, Exhibition, & Concept Bar at Breakthrough Napa Valley Conference November 13, 2014: Rootstock presents a full day of high-level, provocative seminars and industry experts, wine trials and tastings, and exhibits when this revolutionary conference designed for top quality grape growers, vineyard and winery owners, and winemakers worldwide...

Afternoon Brief, October 20

Ignorance of the Endangered Species Act Could be Costly for Vineyards and Wineries: When President Nixon signed the Endangered Species Act (ESA) into law on December 28, 1973, it must have been hard to predict how the legislation would impact agricultural practices decades into the future...

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, 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 8

Napa, Sonoma wineries examine safety of barrel rooms after quake: Though 14 years ago, Bob Torres still vividly remembers the day he and other wine industry officials saw a demonstration at UC Berkeleys earthquake simulator on the effects of a magnitude 7.4 temblor on a rack of wine barrels stacked six high...

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, July 11

Will El Nino be enough to break California’s drought?: California is stuck in an oppressive drought. For nearly a year, drought conditions have domination the states landscape, resources and concerns. According to the latest Drought Monitor report, 79 percent of the state is in extreme or exceptional drought as of July 8...

Afternoon Brief, June 26

Breakthrough Napa Valley Conference Debuts in November: ROOTSTOCK, a revolutionary conference designed for top quality grapegrowers, vineyard and winery owners, and winemakers worldwide, debuts November 13 at the Napa Expo Fairgrounds...

Afternoon Brief, June 23

Europeans testing sulphite-free preservation of wine: Europeans, well-known for their love of wine, are testing a novel preservation method aimed at significantly reducing or even eliminating sulphites, which can cause allergic reactions in some people...

Afternoon Brief, June 19

Economics driving California wineries to Pacific NorthWest: Speculation creeps into the conversation every time a large California winery snaps up a smaller operation and sets up shop in Oregon or Washington: The big outfits figure climate change eventually will make California too hot and dry to grow premium wine grapes, so they are moving to better conditions in the Pacific Northwest...