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Afternoon Brief, May 10th

Wine and Inflation: Will the Rising Tide Lift Wine's Boat? The U.S. is experiencing the highest inflation rates since the 1980s and cost-of-living increases are on everyone's mind here and around the world...

Afternoon Brief, April 26

‘End of an Era’: Sonoma’s Ravenswood Tasting Room to Close: Longtime winemaker and founder of Ravenswood Winery Joel Peterson was packing up his office at Ravenswood when reached by phone on Thursday. He confirmed that rumors were true - the winerys Gehricke Road tasting room would be closing its doors next month after almost 30 years ...

Afternoon Brief, April 2

Science and the Future of Winemaking: Winemaking combines art and science, and producers have never had more technological tools available to understand and leverage the latter...

Afternoon Brief, June 20

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: Should Wineries Acquire Vineyards Instead of Buying Fruit on the Open Market? Should wineries acquire vineyards instead of...

Afternoon Brief, February 27

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: Paradise Ridge Winery Faces Rebuild Challenges After Santa Rosa Fire If plans work out, visitors could start returning...

Afternoon Brief, January 3

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: California Allows Drinks Producers to Pay for Taxi Rides Home California has unanimously passed a bill that will...

Afternoon Brief, October 19

Charles Smith Reshapes Washington Wine Industry: When Charles Smith makes a move, the earth moves. On Monday, a big "crack" was heard throughout the Washington wine industry when it was announced that Smith had sold his eponymous wine brand to mega-giant Constellation Brands for a reported $120 million...

Afternoon Brief, August 10

Prospects of a Light Crop Strengthen Prices for California’s 2016 Wine Grapes: Judging by early results from the unusually early start to this year's harvest, California's 2016 wine grape production could total no higher than average, if that much, reports Jeff Bitter, vice president of operations for Allied Grape Growers cooperative...

Afternoon Brief, March 21

Global Warming Pushes Wines Into Uncharted Terroir: Many factors go into making good wine: grape variety, harvesting practices, a vineyards slope and aspect, soil, climate and so on that unique combination that adds up to a wine's terroir...

Afternoon Brief, March 1

Napa Valley Vintners Partners with Christie’s to Feature Premiere Napa Valley Wines at Hong Kong Auction: The Napa Valley Vintners announced today it is partnering with renowned auction house Christie's to bring some of Napa Valley's rarest and most collectable wines to the Hong Kong market in November 2016...

Registration Is Open for the Newly Named Craft Beverages Unlimited Midwest...

Santa Rosa, Calif. –Vineyard & Winery Management has opened registration for its 2016 Craft Beverages Unlimited Midwest conference and trade show. Formerly known as...

Afternoon Brief, August 18

Positive Wine Industry Survey Results, but PR Efforts Still Needed: Survey results released by Sonoma State's Wine Business Institute last week ran contrary to the impression given by several recent stories about the wine industry clashing with locals about vineyard and winery development

Afternoon Brief, July 7

Hops production lags behind the expansion of craft breweries: Iowa’s craft beer brewing industry has been steadily growing, and in some ways is like the resurgence of the wine industry in Iowa.

Afternoon Brief, March 4

Napa County may toughen code enforcement for wineries with "wall of shame": Napa County is looking for ways to make certain the rules it painstakingly crafts, from visitation caps for individual wineries to a ban on rural short-term vacation rentals, are actually followed...

Afternoon Brief, February 12

Canada's agriculture minister is threatening tariffs on California wine if the U.S. doesn't repeal restrictive meat-labeling laws costing Canadian farmers billions...