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Afternoon Brief, December 11

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Storm takes toll on North Bay, but heaviest rains are over: The largest winter storm to hit the Bay Area in years pummeled Sonoma County on Thursday, sending trees crashing across roads, causing creeks to spill their banks, closing local schools and knocking out power to thousands of people...

Afternoon Brief, December 10

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Silicon Valley Bank Annual Wine Conditions Survey Results: 82% of wineries reported overall financial health of "good" or better for 2014. This is up 7% over the previous year. This trend is expected to continue as the grapes from three strong harvests (2012,2013, and 2014) make their way into the market...

Afternoon Brief, November 14

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The #1 Wine of the Year: Today my friends, the Wine Spectator, the industry leader in wine reporting, announced the #1 wine of the year. This was a long drawn out process that started with #10 and slowly crawled to #1, and now the consuming public begins the chase towards that purchase...

Afternoon Brief, November 10

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Wine Spectator Top 100 Wines Unveiling Begins Today: After tasting 18,000 wines from vineyards around the globe, the editors at Wine Spectator are set to release their much-anticipated list of the Top 100 Wines of 2014...

Afternoon Brief, October 17

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Even normal rain won’t end California drought, expert says: California will likely remain in a drought this winter even if most areas receive normal rainfall, according to an expert from the federal Climate Prediction Center...

Afternoon Brief, October 14

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Bulk wine market sluggish as 2014 harvest ends, says Ciatti: As the 2014 harvest draws to a close, the bulk wine market remains sluggish, with plentiful stocks available in most markets, says the latest report from Ciatti...

Afternoon Brief, September 11

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Honore Comfort, Sonoma County Vintners group chief to step down: The top official with Sonoma County Vintners, the major advocacy and promotional trade group for the countys wineries, announced Wednesday she will leave the organization after almost nine years on the job...

Afternoon Brief, September 8

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Napa, Sonoma wineries examine safety of barrel rooms after quake: Though 14 years ago, Bob Torres still vividly remembers the day he and other wine industry officials saw a demonstration at UC Berkeleys earthquake simulator on the effects of a magnitude 7.4 temblor on a rack of wine barrels stacked six high...

Afternoon Brief, August 28

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Deadly Winemaking Snakes Escape in China: Chaos erupted when deadly cobras used to make wine escaped into the city of Foshan in Chinas South-Eastern Guangdong province...

Afternoon Brief, July 31

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Drought fails to dampen California spirits for 2014 harvest: Many winemakers in California believe the state's drought will not drastically affect this year's harvest, which they say is running two weeks early and is expected to yield a healthy crop...

Afternoon Brief, July 30

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Professor Claims Terroir is ‘A Myth’: The quality of some of the worlds top wines is down to a concentration of expertise rather than terroir, a French professor has argued...

Afternoon Brief, July 29

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Where the biggest beer, wine, and liquor drinkers live in the U.S.:    America's thirst for alcohol might know no boundaries, but certain parts of the country do seem especially parched...

Afternoon Brief, July 17

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Robert M. Parker Jr. on Rating Wines, His New Magazine and Bordeaux's Popularity: Can a wine ever be perfect? If so, who is qualified to pass that judgment? Is it the winemaker who is trained in viticulture or oenology? The merchant with a fabled palate who buys the wines year after year? Or is it the critic, with no formal training but a strong sense of smell, a notebook and an ability to taste 10,000 wines a year...

Afternoon Brief July 14

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Direct to Consumer Sales Fails to Lift the Wine Industry: The DTC movement is a wonderful idea, and there is no doubt that as regulations soften and technological efficiencies prevail, it will be a sustainable revenue stream going forward. That day is not today...

Afternoon Brief, July 11

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Will El Nino be enough to break California’s drought?: California is stuck in an oppressive drought. For nearly a year, drought conditions have domination the states landscape, resources and concerns. According to the latest Drought Monitor report, 79 percent of the state is in extreme or exceptional drought as of July 8...
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