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Afternoon Brief, May 20

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When Wine Becomes Transformative: There's a new concept taking root in the wine industry: activist wines. Unlike traditional special bottlings produced for wine industry charity auctions and special events, activist wines serve a specific social purpose ...

Afternoon Brief, June 7

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Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: Compounds Called Corklins Found in Cork-Stoppered Wines The interaction of wine and phenolics from cork stoppers produces compounds...

Afternoon Brief, June 27

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Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: The One Shift in Thinking About Wine That Could Help Professionals Everywhere It is not our job to...

Afternoon Brief, October 20

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Global Wine Production Expected to Fall by 5% Due to 'Climatic Events': Global wine production is expected to fall by 5% in 2016 because of "climatic events" causing steep drops in production in most of the southern hemisphere, particularly Chile and Argentina...

Afternoon Brief, October 12

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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...

Afternoon Brief, September 23

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Healdsburg Vintner Truett-Hurst Sales Surge 19% for Fiscal Year: Healdsburg-based wine company Truett-Hurst Inc. capped its fiscal year with 19.1 percent growth in net sales, better margins and net loss turned down to a trickle, helped partly by cutting two challenging brands...

Afternoon Brief, September 21

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Maryland Booze Peddlers Cheated NYC Distributor Out of Millions of Dollars in Tax-Dodging Scheme, Lawsuit Alleges: The metropolitan area's largest distributor of wine and spirits has filed a civil racketeering lawsuit alleging two liquor wholesalers in Maryland schemed with an assortment of retailers to smuggle millions of dollars' worth of alcohol to New York City to avoid paying the higher excise tax here...

Afternoon Brief, September 19

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Sonoma Harvest Fair Releases List of Medalists: The judges for this year's Sonoma County Harvest Fair Wine Competition have made their final recommendations, and 94 percent of the wines entered will receive some type of medal...

Afternoon Brief, November 24

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Okanagan Wineries Ask for Stronger Police Presence After Rash of Break-Ins: A group of winery owners in the South Okanagan says the province needs to do more to stop thieves from stealing computers, equipment and wine...

Afternoon Brief, November 17

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Wine Spectator's Full Top 100 List Revealed: Each year, Wine Spectator editors survey the wines reviewed over the previous 12 months and select our Top 100, based on quality, value, availability and excitement...

Afternoon Brief, June 25

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Bordeaux Wine-Crime Ring Found Guilty: “Get me a unit of Cheval, a good chunk of Cheval,” said the voice on the recording, a taped telephone conversation between the accused mastermind of an eight-month crime spree that stole more than $1.1 million of Bordeaux’s best wines and one of his partners, who allegedly fenced the wines for him...

Afternoon Brief, December 1

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Problems with wine price increases: With the U.S. wine market expecting to post its 21st consecutive year of growth in case good sales, a relatively healthy U.S. economy and an even brighter picture in the Bay Area, North Coast wineries are enjoying robust demand for their products, particularly through tasting rooms and club sales...

Afternoon Brief, November 10

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Wine Spectator Top 100 Wines Unveiling Begins Today: After tasting 18,000 wines from vineyards around the globe, the editors at Wine Spectator are set to release their much-anticipated list of the Top 100 Wines of 2014...