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Afternoon Brief, October 11

PG&E CEO Apologizes After Employees Went Wine Tasting Just Before California Blackouts: 'Insensitive, Inappropriate, Tone Deaf': The CEO of PG&E has apologized after it was revealed several of its employees mingled with some of its top customers at a wine tasting event paid for by the company while hundreds of thousands of people in California were facing an unprecedented power outage ...

Afternoon Brief, October 10

Turning the Tables on Karen MacNeil: Karen MacNeil is one of the foremost wine experts in the United States. Karen is the only American to have won every major wine award given in the English language ...

Afternoon Brief, October 9

Sonoma County Wineries Continue the Grape Harvest Using Backup Power: Regional wineries have ramped up emergency plans for PG&E's scheduled power outage Wednesday by securing generators and electricians so they will be able to continue with the annual grape harvest that still has about a month remaining ...

Afternoon Brief, September 27

Police Dismantle Grape Harvest Human Trafficking Ring: In a joint operation on 17 September, over 80 law enforcers from both Bulgaria and France helped to raid an organised crime group involved in labour exploitation and money laundering. The group recruited workers from Bulgaria for the harvest season in France ...

Afternoon Brief, September 12

Global Leader in Sustainability Achieves Record Breaking Participation and Announces a First for Agriculture - Five years ago, the Sonoma County Winegrowers (SCW) made a bold declaration to the wine world that its more than 1,800 winegrowers were committed to becoming the nations first 100% certified sustainable wine region in 2019 ...

Afternoon Brief, July 31

Sonoma Wine Auction Co-Chairs Gina Gallo and Chris Jackson Spill the Beans: As we eagerly anticipate the 2019 Sonoma Wine Auction, to be held September 1921, we thought it would be illuminating to learn a little more about this year’s co-chairs, Gina Gallo and Chris Jackson, who happen to be from two of the most influential, long term Sonoma wine families ...

Afternoon Brief, July 29

Wine in Cans Could Be 10% of Category Says Free Flow Wines: Free Flow Wines are betting big on the continued growth of alternative sustainable wine packaging with an investment of around $10 million in a new state-of the-art 58,000 square foot facility in Sonoma. The facility is designed from the ground up to support Free Flow Wines projected growth of both their kegging and canning business ...

Afternoon Brief, July 17

Gallo Deal Uncertainty Delaying Grape Purchases: The sale between two major winemakers is keeping some grapes from being purchased. The $1.7 billion deal in which E&J Gallo Winery would buy 34 wine and spirit labels from Constellation Brands remains in limbo after being announced back in April ...

Afternoon Brief, May 28

Purple Wine + Spirits Seeks Sizable Change to West Sonoma County Winery: At a time when a number of North Coast vintners have been trying to get permission to expand how much wine they can produce, Purple Wine + Spirits wants to dramatically reduce the number of bottles and trucks that roll out of its large west Sonoma County winery...

Afternoon Brief, March 26

New Collective Brings Applied Research, Collaboration to Winemaking Community: Winemakers have been long been among the original experimenters; that is, those willing to employ trial and error methodologies and information gleaned from other colleagues to continually improve their vintages ...

Afternoon Brief, March 21

Constellation’s Mondavi Improperly Obtained, Deceptively Use Famed “To Kalon” Designation: Perhaps the most prized vineyard designation in American winemaking is Napa Valleys To Kalon (Greek for the highest beauty), created by pioneering winemaker H.W. Crabb in the late 19th century ...

Afternoon Brief, March 14

It’s Snowing in California Vineyards, and Winemakers Are Loving it - Whether or not you're a skier or snowboarder, you know the adage. If it's raining in San Francisco, it must be snowing in Tahoe ...

Afternoon Brief, February 15

Italian Authorities Uncover Counterfeit Tignanello Wine Scheme: Italian authorities have arrested three suspects in a scheme to sell at least 11,000 counterfeit bottles of the legendary super Tuscan wine Antinori Toscana Tignanello in Italy, Germany and Belgium ...

Afternoon Brief, January 15

Buyers of BRAND Winery and Estate Vineyards Acquire a Gem on Famed Pritchard Hill: Jim Bean and Christine OSullivan are purchasing the BRAND winery and vineyards from owners Ed and Deb Fitts. The Brand estate is located atop Pritchard Hill, one of the most sought after locales in Napa Valley ...

Afternoon Brief, January 9

Constellation Brands Plunges Most in Six Years on Forecast Cut: Constellation Brands Inc., the alcohol giant betting big on the cannabis industry, plunged the most since 2013 after the company cut its profit outlook and indicated its beer business is slowing down...