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Afternoon Brief, December 14

The Great Haut-Brion Price Hack: It's no surprise that the most expensive wine traded on the Liv-Ex fine wine exchange in 2018 was one that dragged the superlatives from the critics. Such wines are obviously rare and expensive, especially when they come from Bordeaux, but we've found a little hack that could see you getting similar quality for a much-reduced price...

Afternoon Brief, November 29

Is Copper Safe for Wine? : It's a top tool of organic grapegrowers. But is copper sulfate truly safe for vineyards...

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, September 16

California expects more competition for wine market: A new report showing that the United States continues to lead the world in wine consumption is viewed as good news for the California wine sector but it shouldn't lead to complacency...

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, August 27

Federal Aid May be Extended to California Winemakers: The nation's premier wine-producing region is assessing damage from the strongest earthquake to strike northern California in 25 years and may receive aid from the federal government...

Afternoon Brief, August 22

Napa Valley May Cut Back on New Wineries: With more than 500 wineries in Napa Valley, some leaders are asking if it's time to consider a moratorium on new ones...

Afternoon Brief, August 11

Former Penfolds owner John Spalvins launches attack on Foster's and Treasury Wine: John Spalvins, one of Australias best-known corporate raiders from the 1980s, whose company once owned the famous Penfolds wine brand for 10 years, has launched a blistering attack against the management of Treasury Wine Estates and Fosters Group...

Afternoon Brief, August 5

Rack & Riddle Announces Facility Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting: Rack & Riddle Custom Wine Services, one of the largest custom crush and winemaking companies in the North Bay area, today announced its new Healdsburg facility is fully operational...

Afternoon Brief, July 25

Vintner Jim Fetzer closing Ceago Vinegarden: Jim Fetzer, who worked along with his family to create their namesake wine and then later started his own Lake County winery noted for its unique biodynamic farming, has announced his retirement...

Afternoon Brief, July 21

Three mistakes every small winery makes when dealing with retailers, and how to correct them for more sales into the channel: Wineries often forget that when they come off the pristine grounds of said winery to visit the market they are entering the lions den. Retailers are doing 1000 things at one time, and a winemaker visit or a winery visit does not stop the days activities...

Afternoon Brief, July 17

Robert M. Parker Jr. on Rating Wines, His New Magazine and Bordeaux's Popularity: Can a wine ever be perfect? If so, who is qualified to pass that judgment? Is it the winemaker who is trained in viticulture or oenology? The merchant with a fabled palate who buys the wines year after year? Or is it the critic, with no formal training but a strong sense of smell, a notebook and an ability to taste 10,000 wines a year...