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Afternoon Brief, October 24

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New AVAs Put Paso Robles in Wine Industry Big Leagues: On the heels of a top national ranking from Wine Enthusiast Magazine, Paso Robles Wine Country is rolling out an expanded set of sub-brands to put it on equal footing with Napa and Sonoma Counties...

Afternoon Brief, October 22

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Wally’s Wine Auction Tests Demand for Cult California: A Wallys wine auction in New York this Friday could be a bellwether for the popularity of cult Californians...

Afternoon Brief, October 20

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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 17

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Even normal rain won’t end California drought, expert says: California will likely remain in a drought this winter even if most areas receive normal rainfall, according to an expert from the federal Climate Prediction Center...

Afternoon Brief, October 16

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Drones could become familiar sight over Wine Country vineyards: The drones are expected to be more commonplace in the Napa vineyard, likely by next year if the Federal Aviation Administration approves Yamahas application to use unmanned aircraft systems for agricultural purposes...

Afternoon Brief, October 7

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Robert L. Hall, owner of Robert Hall Winery, dies at 85: The Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance reported today that Robert L. Hall, owner of Robert Hall Winery, passed away peacefully at his home Saturday at the age of 85 from complications related to an extended illness...

Afternoon Brief, October 1

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America's Thirst for Wine Insatiable, Despite Rise of Cocktails, Craft Beer: Wine industry executives are worried about the growing interest in craft beer and spirits from America's 20- and 30-somethings...

Afternoon Brief, September 24

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When Cigarettes Cost More, People Drink Less. Except for Wine: For those who count Don Draper among their TV loves (or love-to-hates), it comes as no surprise that drinking and smoking go hand in hand...

Afternoon Brief, September 22

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California's wine leaders adapting to drought and consumer shifts: California wine will hold its own in the global market despite shifts in consumer demographics, scarce water, and competition from imported wines, craft beers and cocktails, according to wine industry leaders surveyed by UC Davis..

Afternoon Brief, September 19

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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 18

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Constellation Pilots Innovative BioFiltro Wastewater Treatment System: Constellation plans to put millions of earthworms to work in 2015. Don't worry, they wont be making the wine, they'll be cleaning the wastewater from winery operations...

Afternoon Brief, September 16

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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 15

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New technology tested as first wine grapes arrive: A new grape sorting system with the brains of a computer is giving Columbia Crest red winemaker Laura Sorge more control over the grapes that make it into this year's vintage...

Afternoon Brief, September 10

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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 8

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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...