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Afternoon Brief, November 14

Are Napa Valley Growers Smart to Rely so Heavily on Cabernet Sauvignon? : A panel of grape growing pundits held court last week during the Napa Valley Grapegrowers Rootstock trade show on the wisdom of relying so heavily on Cabernet Sauvignon...

Napa Valley’s 2018 Winegrape Harvest Builds Balance at a Steady Pace

Cool nights and warm days over an extended period preserve acidity and develop flavor complexity Napa, CA , 9/27/2018 - Notes from the Vineyard (from...

Afternoon Brief, August 15

Searching for the Truth About Smoke Taint: With wildfires still blazing, Tom Jarvis tells you all you need to know about the effect on grapes...

As New School Year Begins, Napa Valley Vintners Awards $2.5 Million...

Funds provide critical services for more than 22,000 children and their families 8/15/2018 - St. Helena, CA—The Napa Valley Vintners (NVV) trade association today announced...

Napa Valley 2018 Harvest Begins

An Exceptional Growing Season Makes for a Potential Landmark Vintage Napa, CA (August 14, 2018) – The 2018 Napa Valley harvest is underway throughout the...

A Steady Start to Veraison Napa Valley Grapegrowers Looking Forward to...

NAPA, CA (July 20, 2018) – According to the Napa Valley Grapegrowers (NVG), veraison, an annual benchmark in the winegrape growing season, is officially...

Afternoon Brief, July 18

Napa County Handling of Williamson Act Agricultural Land Contracts Draws Grand Jury Scrutiny Napa County's grand jury says a decades-old program giving property tax breaks to agriculture land owners suffers from a lax of oversight and puts the county in the role of "subsidizing a lifestyle."

Afternoon Brief, July 17

Napa's Duckhorn Wine Company announced this morning that it is purchasing Sonoma Pinot Noir powerhouse Kosta Browne Winery. Duckhorn will replace Kosta Browne's current stakeholders, the investment fund J.W. Childs, as the sole owner. The deal includes Kosta Browne's winery and tasting room in Sebastopol, as well as 80 acres of owned vineyards and leases on 90 additional acres, as well as all inventory...

Afternoon Brief, July 10

Does Napa Valley have too much Cabernet? The question informed most of last month's Vineyard Economics Symposium...

Afternoon Brief, July 9

Millions of Bottles of Spanish Rosé Sold as French: French authorities have uncovered millions of bottles of rosé imported in bulk from Spain being passed off as French, with at least one producer facing prison and fines of up to 300,000...

Afternoon Brief, July 6

Relief as Napa Fire Risk Recedes: Napa Valley can breathe easier this weekend. The huge fire raging just outside the valley appears to be coming under containment, with no damage to wineries or vineyards...

Wine Consumers Tasting Cabernets

By Denise Gardner I was recently at a wedding in which one of the guests brought her glass of wine to me and said, “Taste...

Afternoon Brief, July 3

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: Fire Risk for Napa County Vineyards A huge wildfire has crossed over into Napa County, less than a...

Afternoon Brief, June 28

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: Bo Barrett: Vultures Have Circled but Château Montelena Is Not for Sale Ten years after his father famously...

Afternoon Brief, June 27

E. & J. Gallo Buys Star Winemaker Dave Phinney’s Locations Wine Brand Two years after acquiring Orin Swift Cellars, E. & J. Gallo announced today that it has purchased another of star winemaker Dave Phinney's brands, Locations...