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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 16

Wine Anarchy on French TV Talk Show: A televised discussion about the Charlie Hebdo attacks risks censure by flouting a French law banning wine on TV... A televised discussion about the Charlie Hebdo attacks risks censure by flouting a French law banning wine on TV...

Afternoon Brief, December 1

Problems with wine price increases: With the U.S. wine market expecting to post its 21st consecutive year of growth in case good sales, a relatively healthy U.S. economy and an even brighter picture in the Bay Area, North Coast wineries are enjoying robust demand for their products, particularly through tasting rooms and club sales...

Afternoon Brief, September 22

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 10

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 5

Winemaker Loses Right Hand in Harvest Accident: To veteran winemaker Bruno D'Alfonso, the screams exploding from the neighboring winery were eerily familiar, reminiscent of a sailing trip many years ago to Santa Cruz Island with his former boss, Richard Sanford...

Afternoon Brief, August 26

Most wineries not insured for quake losses: Napa and Sonoma winemakers on Monday assessed the toll of the American Canyon earthquake, which could saddle wineries with costly losses because most are not insured for quake damage...

Afternoon Brief, August 7

Wine Counterfeiter Rudy Kurniawan Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison: Rudy Kurniawan, the first person to be tried and convicted in a U.S. federal court for counterfeiting wine, was sentenced today to 10 years in prison...

Afternoon Brief, July 18

California farmers fight drought-inspired regulation of groundwater pumping: A report this week from UC Davis researchers highlighted again the threat that drought poses to California's groundwater supply. But farmers and others are at odds about how the state should monitor and regulate use of water pumped from wells...

Afternoon Brief, July 10

A Casino in Napa Wine Country?: Three million visitors come to Napa every year to enjoy great wine, food and gorgeous scenery. But some vintners are worried a casino may join the landscape, and the issue has created a bitter legal and public relations battle...

Afternoon Brief, June 13

More water in Russian River, less in Lake Mendocino: Since the releases from Coyote Valley Dam were increased this month, Lake Mendocino has lost about 200 acre-feet of water a day, according to daily lake level reports...

Afternoon Brief, June 3

Coravin Wine Device Suspends Sales After Reported Problems: The makers of Coravin the device that allows users to extract wine from a bottle without removing the corkhave halted sales and issued a safety advisory urging people to stop using their Coravin devices...

Afternoon Brief, May 29

Viniflora NoVa Removes the Need for Sulfites in Winemaking: Chr. Hansen claims its new wine culture is a fantastic launch that will greatly increase the speed and predictability of malolactic fermentation and remove the need for producers to use sulfites as preservatives...

Afternoon Brief, Mar. 6

Trending Story: Oregon wineries should plan for another warm vintage, says scientist Greg Jones World-renowned research climatologist Greg Jones told the Oregon wine industry the forecast for weather...

Afternoon Brief, Feb 20

Trending Story: California drought: Why farmers are 'exporting water' to China During California's worst drought on record, some farmers are using precious water to grow hay...