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Afternoon Brief: May 11

Napa Wine Auction Goes for the Bling Factor: Auction Napa Valley has thousands of special bottles of wine on offer, but the industry's biggest fundraising event hasn't really been about the wine for years...

Afternoon Brief: May 8

Napa city planners ease up on 75% local-grape rule for wineries in industrial zones: A board member for the Commons, formerly Napa Valley Corporate Park, argued for the change, saying the clash of city and county rules has driven winemakers south to industrial sites near unincorporated Napa County Airport...

Afternoon Brief, May 7

Auction Napa Valley 2015 Wine Lot Offerings Now Available for Preview: For wine lovers around the globe who are not able to attend, the nearly 200 E-Auction lots are a treasure trove featuring many one-of-a-kind and older vintage wines and collections often not available to the public...

Afternoon Brief, May 5

Judge dismisses legal challenge to Paul Hobbs vineyard project: A judge has dismissed a challenge to Sonoma County's approval of the controversial Paul Hobbs Winery vineyard project in Sebastopol, potentially ending a long-running legal dispute between the vintner known for his luxury wines and community activists...

Afternoon Brief, April 28

Roche chardonnay named 'Best of the Best' at North Coast Wine Challenge: The 24 judges who swirled and sipped through the Press Democrat's 2015 North Coast Wine Challenge in mid-April chose a classic white varietal, Roche 2013 Carneros Chardonnay French Oak Reserve, as its Best of the Best winner...

Afternoon Brief, April 27

China wine growers beat France for second place: China overtook France last year as the world's second largest wine grower by area under cultivation as it continued to plant vast fields of mostly imported grape vines to meet growing demand...

Afternoon Brief, April 6

Can Music Change the Way Your Wine Tastes? Several studies produced over the past couple of decades demonstrate how music can influence the wines people buy, and even how a wine's taste is perceived...

Afternoon Brief, March 30

Washington Wine Country's Nuclear Threat: A nuclear facility in Washington state's prime wine country is leaching radioactive groundwater and is one natural disaster away from Fukushi

Afternoon Brief, March 24

E. & J. Gallo Announces Acquisition of J Vineyards & Winery: E. & J. Gallo Winery and J Vineyards & Winery announced today that Gallo has agreed to purchase the critically-acclaimed sparkling wine producer...

Afternoon Brief, March 12

Sonoma County Vintners Announce Wine Lots for Inaugural Barrel Auction: The Sonoma County Vintners invites members of the licensed wine trade to preview the never before, never again limited production wines that will be available for purchase at the inaugural Sonoma County Barrel Auction...

Afternoon Brief, March 11

Napa County officials tackle tough wine industry growth questions: Napa County's growth summit ended after six hours of discussion and county leaders agreeing to launch a larger community conversation that could last for months...

Afternoon Brief, March 9

1 in 5 Chinese Wines Close to European Standard: In the wake of a major tasting of Chinese wines, leading French wine critics Michel Bettane and Thierry Desseauve have claimed that one-fifth of the country's wines entered were "very good"...

Afternoon Brief, March 5

Critic 'Champagne Jayne' facing fresh court battle over name: A trademark dispute between France's Champagne trade body and the critic known as 'Champagne Jayne' is set to return to court after the two failed to agree a settlement...

Afternoon Brief, January 2

Higher returns low risks, crucial advantages of investing in fine wine: Investors who want to enter fine wine market should know that the industry can be extremely profitable. The secret is to play it safe and not take unnecessary risks...

Afternoon Brief, July 17

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...