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Afternoon Brief, January 27

TCA Cork Tainted Wines Remain Low, but Screwcaps Stay Strong: Now that we've finished our annual look back at cork performance in Wine Spectator's Napa office blind tastings from the past year, it appears the incidence of cork taint has remained near last year's all-time low...

Afternoon Brief, January 23

Walt Ranch Approvals Head to Court: A judge will have the final word in Napa County's multi-year Walt Ranch hillside vineyard development battle...

Afternoon Brief, January 20

Sonoma Valley Vintners Alliance Prunes Away from Wine Country Weekend: While it is being billed as an amicable, beneficial parting of the ways, eyebrows raised in the wine industry yesterday when the Sonoma Valley Vintners and Growers Alliance announced at its annual members meeting that the trade organization will no longer co-own and co-operate the wildly successful Wine Country Weekend...

Afternoon Brief, December 28

Wine Industry M&A Brisk Pace Expected to Continue in 2017: The North Coast had a second year of high-profile, big-value sales of wine properties and brands, and those in the thick of such deal-making said the spigot on such transactions likely will remain open in 2017...

Afternoon Brief, December 21

Trinchero Family Estates Purchases Mason Cellars, Pomelo Brand: Trinchero Family Estates today announced its acquisition of Mason Cellars, owners of Pomelo and Three Pears wines. As the super-premium ($7-10) and ultra-premium ($10-15) segments continue to show growth, this acquisition adds an important offering to the Trinchero family of brands...

Afternoon Brief, December 19

World Politics Could Sour the Cost of Wine: Mixing the world of politics and wine might be a bit like oil and water for some readers. But there comes a point, and it could come soon, that politically-based decisions could have a huge impact on wine and particularly the cost of wine...

Afternoon Brief, December 13

UV Light Box Offers Hope for Vegan Wine Lovers, Says Winemaker: A Swiss company claims to be offering winemakers a new weapon against harsh tannins and underripe wines. Some winemakers also believe that the firm's namesake gadget, Vino Flux, could make it easier to produce vegan wines...

Afternoon Brief, December 7

Denver Wine Collector Loses $1.7 Million to Crooked Vendor, Sues Insurer: A Denver wine collector who once ran the nation's fourth largest HMO has sued an insurance company for failing to cover his losses after a California vendor took the collector's payment for $1.7 million and instead of using it to buy wine, spent the money to hire female escorts, buy luxury cars and pay his daughter's college tuition...

Afternoon Brief, November 29

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, November 15

Opportunity Knocks: Challenges for Winery Associations: Regardless of the size of a winegrowing region or the number of wineries or vineyards in it, the biggest challenge is continuing to attract visitors in an ever-evolving marketplace...

Afternoon Brief, November 2

With Lokoya, Jackson Family Wines Has a New Napa Estate to Go with Its High-End Wine: Since its founding by Jess Jackson in 1995, the Lokoya luxury wine brand has never had a true home to showcase its cabernet sauvignon varietals from the mountain wine regions around Napa County...

Afternoon Brief, November 1

Winery Association Leaders Converge in Washington, D.C. for Inaugural Conference: "You can't find a successful wine region that doesn't have a strong winery association tied to it." So proclaims George Christie, President of the Wine Industry Network and primary organizer of the Wine Association Leadership Conference that's taking place in conjunction with USBevX 2017, this coming February 22-24 in Washington, DC...

Afternoon Brief, October 24

Study Finds Red Wines Gets Higher Scores for No Apparent Reason: Do experts rate red wines more highly than white wines, regardless of price, vintage, and region? Does this mean there is a critical bias toward red wines...

Afternoon Brief, October 17

Constellation Buys Five of Charles Smith's Washington Wine Brands for $120 Million: Constellation Brands added to its burgeoning collection of premium wine brands, announcing this morning an agreement to purchase five Washington brands from Charles Smith Wines for $120 million...

Afternoon Brief, October 12

Sonoma County Grower Credits Great Growing-Season Weather for a Great 2016 Wine Grape Crop: By the end of the first week of October, the 2016 harvest was all but over for veteran Sonoma County wine grape grower Duff Bevill...