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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...

Afternoon Brief: May 8

Napa city planners ease up on 75% local-grape rule for wineries in industrial zones: A board member for the Commons, formerly Napa Valley Corporate Park, argued for the change, saying the clash of city and county rules has driven winemakers south to industrial sites near unincorporated Napa County Airport...

Afternoon Brief, May 7

Auction Napa Valley 2015 Wine Lot Offerings Now Available for Preview: For wine lovers around the globe who are not able to attend, the nearly 200 E-Auction lots are a treasure trove featuring many one-of-a-kind and older vintage wines and collections often not available to the public...

Afternoon Brief, May 5

Judge dismisses legal challenge to Paul Hobbs vineyard project: A judge has dismissed a challenge to Sonoma County's approval of the controversial Paul Hobbs Winery vineyard project in Sebastopol, potentially ending a long-running legal dispute between the vintner known for his luxury wines and community activists...

Afternoon Brief, April 27

China wine growers beat France for second place: China overtook France last year as the world's second largest wine grower by area under cultivation as it continued to plant vast fields of mostly imported grape vines to meet growing demand...

Afternoon Brief, April 23

Rebellious California grape farmers want their confiscated raisins returned: The National Raisin Reserve, which is overseen by the Fresno-based Raisin Administrative Committee, is part of a post-World War II-era program that forces raisin producers to give part of their annual crop to the government to prevent an oversupply of the dried fruit...

Afternoon Brief, April 15

Wine Counterfeiter Rudy Kurniawan Appeals Conviction: Lawyers for Rudy Kurniawan filed an appeal in New York on Monday challenging his 2013 conviction on charges of conspiracy to sell counterfeit wine...

Afternoon Brief, April 13

Yellow Tail and Constellation off to Kangaroo Court: Aussie vintners hope a Canadian wine company will roo the day it allegedly used a logo featuring Australia's favourite marsupial...

Afternoon Brief, April 2

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, March 20

Arsenic-Tainted Wine: Overkill or a Real Killer? If you drank a bottle of the alleged arsenic-tainted California wine, there's probably no need to rush to the attorney's office to update your will...

Afternoon Brief, March 12

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 11

Napa County officials tackle tough wine industry growth questions: Napa County's growth summit ended after six hours of discussion and county leaders agreeing to launch a larger community conversation that could last for months...

Afternoon Brief, January 19

The growth of premium wines is being restricted by major grocers and tough economic conditions, despite more adventurous consumers seeking them out...

Afternoon Brief: November 7

And the best wine retailer in America is?: In my travels and lectures I am often asked, and by often I mean many times a day, who I feel the best retailer in U.S. is, and should distributor X and supplier Y sell their wines/ spirits/crafts there?...

Afternoon Brief, November 5

New research predicts California droughts will worsen: Future droughts in California are likely to bite deeper and last longer than the one now gripping the state, according to new research into the potential effects of climate change...