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Afternoon Brief, January 6

John Pedroncelli, a second-generation vintner who was instrumental in building Sonoma County's wine industry, particularly in the Dry Creek Valley that he called home for almost all of his life, died Sunday at home after a monthslong battle with cancer...

Afternoon Brief, December 29

Chardonnay and Pinot Noir under threat from climate change: The taste of fine wines like chardonnay and pinot noir is under threat from rising temperatures caused by climate change, scientists have warned...

Afternoon Brief, November 12

Australia's Peter Lehmann Wines Sold to Casella, Maker of Yellow Tail: Peter Lehmann Wines, an iconic Australian winery in the Barossa Valley, will soon have a new owner. Casella Family Brands, best known as the maker of Yellow Tail, offered $1.31 per share for the winery and brand...

Afternoon Brief, October 23

Petaluma Gap AVA Bid Blowing in the Wind: Sonoma County already has 16 AVAs, but growers in the Petaluma Gap are applying for their own sub-appellation...

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 13

Research finds hormone-disrupting chemicals in 59% of wines: New research has found that 59% of tested French wines contain at least one form of phthalate, most likely as a result of plastics used in wineries...

TricorBraun opens office in India

New facility supports firm’s commitment to Asian growth St. Louis, Mo.,USA, August 12, 2014 - TricorBraun, one of the world’s largest suppliers of jars, bottles and other...

Afternoon Brief July 15

Veraison comes early to Washington wine grapes: With one of the earliest reports ever of grapes beginning to change color in Washington state, 2014 is shaping up to be one of the warmest vintages on record...

Afternoon Brief, July 8

Veraison Starts in Napa Valley: According to the Napa Valley Grapegrowers (NVG) veraison, an annual benchmark in the winegrape growing season is underway, occurring 5-10 days earlier than usual...

Afternoon Brief, July 2

Wine Spectator publisher donates $3M to California college: Marvin Shanken, who has been publishing the Wine Spectator magazine since 1973, is giving back to the industry that has helped make him a multimillionaire, by donating $3 million to Sonoma State University to support the Wine Learning Center...

Afternoon Brief, June 10

DNA sequencing to create fine wine: The West Australian Department of Agriculture and Food (DAFWA) and the University of Western Australia (UWA) are leading a national project that uses grape genome sequencing to examine how DNA make-up of the vine affects the taste and quality of wine...

Afternoon Brief, June 9

Drought Causes California Water Rights to be Curtailed: With California's extreme drought resulting in insufficient water to serve all water-rights holders, the State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) announced June 6 that junior water-rights holders in the San Joaquin River watershed are receiving curtailment notices...

Afternoon Brief, April 2

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief Trending Story: Oregon lawmakers urge feds to back off on 'wine growlers' All seven members of Oregon's congressional delegation called on the...

Afternoon Brief, Mar. 10

Trending Story: Adapted Space Technology Promises Huge Benefits for Wineries and Breweries Advanced bio-technology can significantly reduce the cost of water treatment for wineries and make...

Afternoon Brief, Feb 10

Trending Story: Back to Back Record Harvests for California Winegrapes The Preliminary California Grape Crush Report released today shows that we have hit another record harvest in...