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Afternoon Brief, June 1

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: California Association of Winegrape Growers Foundation Awards $30,000 in Student Scholarships The California Association of Winegrape Growers Foundation...

Afternoon Brief, April 24

Value Wins at Sonoma Wine Auction Many people told me this off the record so I'm going to lead with it: the Sonoma County Barrel Auction is more fun than Premiere Napa Valley...

Afternoon Brief, April 4

Domaine Chandon Fined for Spilling Waste into Napa River Domaine Chandon Inc. has been ordered to pay roughly $24,000 for spilling wine waste into a tributary of the Napa River in the Napa Valley last summer according to court records...

Afternoon Brief, March 14

Jackson Building a New Winery in Oregon: Jackson Family Wines is building a new winery in Oregon from scratch to help cope with its substantially increased vineyard holdings in the state...

Afternoon Brief, February 9

'Red Blotch Like Phylloxera for California': Following a tasting in London on Tuesday this week, Bruce Cakebread discussed some of the issues facing wineries in California, in particular drought conditions and their effect on wine style, before mentioning Red Blotch as the biggest problem for growers in the region at the moment...

Afternoon Brief, January 23

Walt Ranch Approvals Head to Court: A judge will have the final word in Napa County's multi-year Walt Ranch hillside vineyard development battle...

Afternoon Brief, January 10

This will be a brief update, but given the widespread significant storm impacts expected later today I felt a quick post was in order…

Afternoon Brief, December 22

Despite Protectionism Fears, People Will Want to Continue Trading Wine Worldwide: Following the shock outcomes from events like Brexit and the U.S. election, concerns over a rise in protectionist measures is putting businesses around the globe on edge...

Afternoon Brief, December 5

Korbel’s Gary Heck Recognized for Lifetime Achievement at Wine Industry Awards: The Heck family has been helm of the 134-year-old Korbel wine brand for six decades. Gary Heck for four of those decades has been carrying on the Korbel brothers' legacy of making fine Champagne-method bubbly in the U.S...

Afternoon Brief, November 29

The Immigrants Who Help Make Your Wine Are Afraid of Trump: On election night in Napa Valley, Enrique Ayón was glued to the TV. Ayón, a Mexican citizen who's worked in the wine industry for 20 years, was sure Clinton would win - she had experience, and he couldn't imagine voters would support Trump after the way he had insulted Mexicans and women, among others...

Afternoon Brief, November 21

Huneeus Vintners Buys Napa Valley's St. Clement Vineyards from Treasury Wine Estates: Treasury Wine Estates has sold Napa Valley's St. Clement Vineyards to Napa-based Huneeus Vintners LLC, according to public records and company representatives...

Afternoon Brief, November 16

In Pursuit of Balance Wine Group Calls It Quits with Last Tasting: To a passerby, the scene would have looked unremarkable: another wine tasting at another fancy San Francisco restaurant...

Afternoon Brief, October 17

Constellation Buys Five of Charles Smith's Washington Wine Brands for $120 Million: Constellation Brands added to its burgeoning collection of premium wine brands, announcing this morning an agreement to purchase five Washington brands from Charles Smith Wines for $120 million...

Afternoon Brief, October 5

Napa Vineyard Worker Killed After Being Crushed by Forklift: A Napa vineyard worker was killed Monday afternoon after he was ejected from the forklift he was driving and the machine fell on top of him, according to the Napa County Sheriff's Office...

Afternoon Brief, September 28

Winery Mergers and Acquisitions Expected to Continue on California’s North Coast: The North Coast wine industry will continue to experience mergers and acquisitions over the next few years as major wine companies seek to expand their presence in the premium American wine market, two top executives said Tuesday...