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Afternoon Brief, December 5

Wine M&A pace may slow in 2015: After a relatively active string of sales of California vineyard, winery and brands in the past few years, the thirst for new deals likely will subside in the new year, thanks to back-to-back bumper crops and increasingly attractive alternatives in the Pacific Northwest...

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, November 24

‘Great Napa Valley wines will rival Bordeaux First Growths’: Moet-Hennessy Estates & Wine CEO: Jean-Guillaume Prats, Moet-Hennessy Estates and Wine CEO, says he believes great wine produced in Californias Napa Valley will rival the finest Bordeaux in future years...

Afternoon Brief, November 18

Winemaker Without Vines in View as Treasury Emulates Coke: Many vintners would love to own enough wine country to cover Manhattan twice over. Not Treasury Wine Estates, maker of $850-a-bottle Penfolds Grange...

Afternoon Brief, November 17

California drought puts water thievery on rise: As California's drought has grown more extreme this year, so have efforts to obtain water some now veering toward the criminal...

Afternoon Brief, October 9

Napa Valley Grapegrowers expect to wrap up another successful harvest next week: Though this harvest is expected to be a little smaller than 2013, it will have a similar quality profile. The warm season translated into early bud break and harvest, could in turn translate into great quality wines, because it allows the winemakers flexibility in choosing when to harvest to get the flavor profile and acidity theyre looking for without fear of rain...

Afternoon Brief, August 29

Impact-Napa Conference Focuses on Past, Present and Future of Napa Valley: With Sundays earthquake still fresh on peoples mind, members of the wine growing community gathered at Napas Meritage Resort & Spa for the North Bay Business Journals annual Impact: Napa conference...

Afternoon Brief, August 27

Federal Aid May be Extended to California Winemakers: The nation's premier wine-producing region is assessing damage from the strongest earthquake to strike northern California in 25 years and may receive aid from the federal government...

Afternoon Brief, August 12

Grape sales slow in face of prospects for another big crop: With California's wine grape vineyards on a fast track to producing what looks to be the third large crop in as many years, finding a home for uncommitted 2014 grapes could prove somewhat daunting, especially for Central Valley sellers...