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Afternoon Brief, November 21

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Judge Rules for Neighbors in Dispute Over Changes at Beringer in St. Helena: https://napavalleyregister.com/news/local/judge-rules-for-neighbors-in-dispute-over-changes-at-beringer/article_307828b2-5423-5725-9320-048a6edbba5e.html

Afternoon Brief, October 3

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What Do Winemakers Worry About? In Napa It's Not Wildfires: During a recent visit to Napa Valley I quizzed winemakers on the thing that they worry most about with regard to winemaking -- it's worth noting not a single person said wildfires...

Afternoon Brief, September 13

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Making the Most of Dwindling Customer Engagement Opportunities: The biggest difference between tasting rooms and wine clubs that perform beyond expectation and those that don't, is an organizational commitment to employee training, according to the 2017 VinQuest direct to consumer benchmark report...

Afternoon Brief, September 6

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Your Wine Brand Could Be Lost in One Single Trademark Infringement: The landscape of the alcoholic beverage industry in the new millennium looks dramatically different than the drinks business of the 20th century.

Afternoon Brief, September 4

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California’s Edgiest, Riskiest Wine Region Is About to Get a New Name: The remote coastline of Sonoma never fails to impress. Chilly fog and wind roll in from the Pacific, covering ridges of towering redwoods and tiny patches of vineyards...

Afternoon Brief, August 23

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Sonoma Brands Invests in Vintage Wine Estates: Vintage Wine Estates, a fast-growing Santa Rosa based vertically integrated wine company with a portfolio inclusive of iconic national and international brands, announced today a new investment partner in Sonoma Brands ...

Afternoon Brief, June 28

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Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: Bo Barrett: Vultures Have Circled but Château Montelena Is Not for Sale Ten years after his father famously...

Afternoon Brief, May 25

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Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: United States Takes Action Against Canadian Trade Measures That Discriminate Against U.S. Wine U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny...

Afternoon Brief, May 16

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Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: The 'Next Big Thing' in Wine Lighter, more refreshing wines. Vermentino. Low-pyrazine Sauvignon Blanc, possibly from Lake County....

Afternoon Brief, April 5

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Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: Foley Family Wines Acquires Oregon’s Acrobat from King Estate Two of America's leading family owned and operated wineries...

Afternoon Brief, March 30

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Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: Napa, Sonoma Wines Caught in U.S.-China Trade Tiff, but Opportunity Rises As trade talks progress between Washington and...

Afternoon Brief, March 14

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Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: Future Prospects for the International Wine Markets International wine markets undergo constant change. Traditional European wine markets decrease...

Afternoon Brief, January 22

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Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: Consumers Turning to Private Label Wine More Often, Thanks to Supermarkets Private label wine is building momentum in...

Finger Lakes In Pursuit of Excellence: The New Generation

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Pioneering winemakers from all over the worlds helped to shape the Finger Lakes into a modern region. These founding winemakers began growing vinifera and raised the quality of wine, and that in turn attracted a new generation of talented individuals, who continue to push the boundaries and carry on the pursuit of excellence in the Finger Lakes.

Finger Lakes In Pursuit of Excellence: The Founders

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It is impossible to begin to talk about the current winemaking scene in the Finger Lakes without covering its immensely important influence on the national winemaking scene. The Finger Lakes is not the oldest winegrowing region in the state, that distinction belongs to the Hudson Valley, but it is the largest, and arguably the best-known region in New York state. There are more than 100 wineries between the five major lakes. The Finger Lakes are five large lakes carved out by the withdrawal of the Wisconsin ice sheet.  They formed deep gouges creating Scandinavian fjord-like lakes, with deep bottoms. This kind of depth offers an important temperature moderating influence that acts as a buffer from the cold northern winds and weather flowing down from Canada. This is commonly called Lake Effect.