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Afternoon Brief, December 6

California North Coast Wine Grape Growers Should Recognize Shift in Winery Demand, Broker Says: While the storm clouds of recession may be looming two to three years out for the overall U.S. economy, the wine business in the North Coast and elsewhere in California should be taking action now as consumer sales slow and the supply of grapes and wine in tanks increases, according to experts at an industry conference in Santa Rosa on Thursday ...

Afternoon Brief, November 8

Oregon Wine's Civil Civil War: Oregon has always been one of the chummiest wine-producing states in the US and one of the leaders of a new breakaway trade group says that is still the goal ...

Afternoon Brief, October 30

Kincade Fire Tears Through Sonoma County, Inches Toward Napa According to Cal Fire, the Kincade fire had grown to 76,825 acres, with 30% containment, as of Wednesday morning. Fears that overnight winds would push the fire closer to Santa Rosa, and would follow the path of the 2017 Tubbs fire, subsided as the winds died down towards dawn...

Afternoon Brief, October 28

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: Sonoma’s Soda Rock and Field Stone Wineries Burned by Kincade Fire Firefighters spent the night battling the Kincade...

Afternoon Brief, October 10

Turning the Tables on Karen MacNeil: Karen MacNeil is one of the foremost wine experts in the United States. Karen is the only American to have won every major wine award given in the English language ...

Afternoon Brief, October 1

State Appeals Court Issues Split Decision on Walt Ranch Vineyard Project in Napa County: The fate of a proposed 209-acre vineyard development in the eastern hills of Napa County remains in court. A state appeals court in San Francisco on Monday ruled that Napa County did not properly evaluate the environmental impacts of greenhouse gas emissions of the proposed Walt Ranch project when it approved the project in 2016...

Afternoon Brief, September 23

Vintage Wine Estates Continues to Grow in the Pacific Northwest with the Acquisition of Owen Roe: Vintage Wine Estates announced the addition of Owen Roe, with locations in Yakima, Washington (winery, vineyards and tasting room) and Willamette Valley, Oregon (tasting room) to its fine wine portfolio ...

Afternoon Brief, September 12

Global Leader in Sustainability Achieves Record Breaking Participation and Announces a First for Agriculture - Five years ago, the Sonoma County Winegrowers (SCW) made a bold declaration to the wine world that its more than 1,800 winegrowers were committed to becoming the nations first 100% certified sustainable wine region in 2019 ...

Afternoon Brief, August 30

‘Terroir…Is That a Dog?’ Survey Exposes Wine Knowledge: Wine experts have grappled with a definition of terroir for decades, but more than one in four Britons surveyed thought that it referred to a small breed of dog, according to results published this week. While 34% did correctly connect terroir to wine, another 30% of respondents believed it was a type of French horror film ...

Afternoon Brief, August 26

Wine Drinkers Face an Uncertain and Precarious Future: American wine drinkers find themselves in what could legitimately be called the Golden Age of Wine. The unprecedented selection and diversity of wines available continue to increase ...

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 30

The Winery Wedding Industrial Complex Doesn’t Care if You Have Objections: The greatest bartending move of all time is reported in the New Testament. In the Gospel of John (2:1-11), Jesus is at a party in Cana, chilling with his disciples, when his mother tells him they’ve run out of wine. Lo and behold, he turns their water into wine ...

Afternoon Brief, July 29

Wine in Cans Could Be 10% of Category Says Free Flow Wines: Free Flow Wines are betting big on the continued growth of alternative sustainable wine packaging with an investment of around $10 million in a new state-of the-art 58,000 square foot facility in Sonoma. The facility is designed from the ground up to support Free Flow Wines projected growth of both their kegging and canning business ...

Afternoon Brief, July 17

Gallo Deal Uncertainty Delaying Grape Purchases: The sale between two major winemakers is keeping some grapes from being purchased. The $1.7 billion deal in which E&J Gallo Winery would buy 34 wine and spirit labels from Constellation Brands remains in limbo after being announced back in April ...

Afternoon Brief, July 2

'To-Kalon' Napa Valley Trademark Case Against Constellation Brands Gets Amended: An Oakville-based vintner filed an amended complaint late Monday in a trademark case against beverage giant Constellation brands over the right to use the historic To-Kalon name ...