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Afternoon Brief, October 23

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New Law, Citing Napa as Inspiration, Seeks to Change Status Quo of Farmworker Housing: A new law, drawing upon inspiration from Napas farmworker housing model, could transform the housing landscape for workers and their families statewide. The bill, AB 1783, creates new opportunity for streamlined creation of single-family farmworker housing on surplus agricultural land ...

Afternoon Brief, May 3

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Iconic Wine Sustainability Innovator Challenges Peers: Each year at the Sonoma County Barrel Auction, the Sonoma County Vintners have recognized local wine industry icons who have shaped the heritage and history of Sonoma County winemaking. This year, they are also celebrating innovators who help propel the Sonoma County wine community forward...

Afternoon Brief, February 18

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What's in a Name? AVA Overload: In a market jammed with producers desperate to stay (or become) relevant, winemakers are turning to the government in a desperate bid for desirability. Winemakers in the US and elsewhere are lining up to get the region in which they grow their grapes officially recognized...

Afternoon Brief, February 12

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Napa County, Bremer Family Winery Reach Lawsuit Settlement: Napa County and Bremer Family Winery settled a lawsuit brought by the county against the winery over alleged permit and code violations, ending a dispute that called into question how the county interprets older use permits...

Afternoon Brief, February 7

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Tasting Room Trend Review and Forecast: What Flipped and What Flopped: Through findings from our Performance Tracker and Benchmarking Tracker tools, we see 2018 trends that worked (and didn't work.) What's unique about us and our study is that we know the winery story behind the data, so we are able to recommend best practices, tips, and tactics...

Afternoon Brief, January 10

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Important Crush Report May Be Impacted by Government Shutdown: The ongoing federal government shutdown, which began Dec. 22, may soon affect a key program of great importance to winegrape growers. Thursday, Jan. 10 is the deadline for wineries to submit grape purchase data from the 2018 harvest to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service Pacific Region office...

Afternoon Brief, January 9

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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...

Afternoon Brief, July 11

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Hybrid grapes don't get much love. France bans them in classified wines, except for Baco Noir in Armagnac distillation. Austria permits their use in the making and selling Uhudler wines in Sudburgenland but affords them the lowest labeling standard - Wein (formerly Tafelwein). In the United States, despite all the cold winters these grapes hardily endure, they dont always receive the warmest welcome among wine buyers...

Afternoon Brief, June 7

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Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: Compounds Called Corklins Found in Cork-Stoppered Wines The interaction of wine and phenolics from cork stoppers produces compounds...

Afternoon Brief, March 30

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Trinchero Family Estates Fined $44,575 by Cal/OSHA in Worker's Death Citing safety violations that lead to a worker's death in August, Trinchero Family Estates has been fined $44,575 by the California Occupational Safety and Health Administration...

Afternoon Brief, December 12

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Crimson Wine Group Buys 66 Acres of Walla Walla Valley Vines: Less than a year after snapping up Washington’s Seven Hills Winery for $5.75 million, Crimson Wine Group has purchased a significant part of the Walla Walla Valley vineyard that Seven Hills founder Casey McClellan planted…

Afternoon Brief, November 29

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The Immigrants Who Help Make Your Wine Are Afraid of Trump: On election night in Napa Valley, Enrique Ayón was glued to the TV. Ayón, a Mexican citizen who's worked in the wine industry for 20 years, was sure Clinton would win - she had experience, and he couldn't imagine voters would support Trump after the way he had insulted Mexicans and women, among others...

Afternoon Brief, October 26

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Wine Industry Wants Greater Say in Sonoma County Groundwater Regulation: Vintners and wine industry representatives on Tuesday pressed Sonoma County supervisors to give farming interests a greater say in how California's new law governing groundwater is put into place on a local level...

Afternoon Brief, May 16

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Jackson Family Wines Buys Sonoma's Copaín: Jackson Family Wines is continuing its recent Pinot Noir buying spree, acquiring the Sonoma winery Copaín, it announced today...

Afternoon Brief, April 29

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Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief Trending Story: Wine M&A Experts: Deals Abound in Buyer’s Market A string of recent wine brand and property sales in...