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Afternoon Brief, September 27

Police Dismantle Grape Harvest Human Trafficking Ring: In a joint operation on 17 September, over 80 law enforcers from both Bulgaria and France helped to raid an organised crime group involved in labour exploitation and money laundering. The group recruited workers from Bulgaria for the harvest season in France ...

Afternoon Brief, September 3

Can New Grapes Save the Wine Industry from Climate Change? : Heat waves, frost, rainstorms: As climate change continues to present challenges in vineyards, vintners across the globe are trying to figure out how to manage new and ever-changing conditions...

Afternoon Brief, August 20

California ABC Launches Amazon Investigation: The California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) will open an investigation of Amazon after a story by Wine-Searcher revealed Amazon is flouting the conditions of its liquor license in Los Angeles...

Afternoon Brief, August 15

How Wine World Has Changed Since Poor 2017 Global Harvest : 2017 was a long, protracted nightmare for so much of the world of wine. Circumstances came together so that both the northern and southern hemispheres both endured bad harvests in most of the major wine producing countries ...

Afternoon Brief, July 31

Sonoma Wine Auction Co-Chairs Gina Gallo and Chris Jackson Spill the Beans: As we eagerly anticipate the 2019 Sonoma Wine Auction, to be held September 1921, we thought it would be illuminating to learn a little more about this year’s co-chairs, Gina Gallo and Chris Jackson, who happen to be from two of the most influential, long term Sonoma wine families ...

Afternoon Brief, July 15

The Role of Nanotechnology in the Future of Wine Research: Early research into smart materials or magnetic nanoparticles to remove proteins and unwanted aromas has been promising and researchers say the technology could potentially be used to remove other wine faults such as smoke or cork taint in the future ...

Afternoon Brief, May 8

Walla Walla Prison Project Nears Start Date - The co-owner of Walla Walla Vineyard Management told the drinks business that after final approval was granted, he intended to plant two hectares of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Malbec on a southeastern block of the prisons land in March 2020 ...

Afternoon Brief, April 12

Researchers Study Effects of Alcohol Concentration in Wine: Research done by scientists at WSU suggests that a wines alcohol concentration may play a larger role than other properties of the wine in determining its taste, aroma and mouthfeel ...

Afternoon Brief, April 10

2018 California Crush Report by the Numbers: The 2018 California crush report was released today, and as expected the report reveals a bountiful 2018 winegrape harvest up 6.6% in volume from 4,016 thousand tons in 2017 to 4,282 tons in 2018...

Afternoon Brief, March 26

New Collective Brings Applied Research, Collaboration to Winemaking Community: Winemakers have been long been among the original experimenters; that is, those willing to employ trial and error methodologies and information gleaned from other colleagues to continually improve their vintages ...

Afternoon Brief, January 4

Constellation’s $3 Billion Wine Sale: What’s on the Block: Last fall, multiple reports surfaced that Constellation Brands is exploring a selloff of several wine labels among them Clos du Bois, Cooks, Arbor Mist, and Mark West as it looks to continue premiumizing its portfolio in line with market trends ...

Afternoon Brief, November 7

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: John Fetzer Sells Mendocino’s Saracina Vineyards to the Taub Family’s Heritance Vintners The Taub family, owners of Palm...

Afternoon Brief, October 18

Constellation Brands Names Bill Newlands Next CEO: Constellation Brands, Inc., a leading beverage alcohol company, today announced Bill Newlands will assume the role of president and chief executive officer (CEO), succeeding current CEO Rob Sands, on March 1, 2019...

Afternoon Brief, October 17

Big Wine Brands' Bizarre Beginnings: Wine is weird. After grapes are plucked from vines, cleaned and crushed (or not), they're ready for fermentation. Eukaryotic microorganisms go in, consume sugar, and burp out carbon dioxide and alcohol...

Afternoon Brief, October 12

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: Somm Struck Off over Tasting Leak The man responsible for the cancellation and rescheduling of the Master Sommelier...