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Afternoon Brief, August 15

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Washington wine industry prepares for another record vintage: Last years record 212,000 tons in Washington wine country will likely exceed 230,000 tons this year, according to the Northwests largest wine producer...

Afternoon Brief, August 11

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Former Penfolds owner John Spalvins launches attack on Foster's and Treasury Wine: John Spalvins, one of Australias best-known corporate raiders from the 1980s, whose company once owned the famous Penfolds wine brand for 10 years, has launched a blistering attack against the management of Treasury Wine Estates and Fosters Group...

Afternoon Brief, August 7

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Wine Counterfeiter Rudy Kurniawan Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison: Rudy Kurniawan, the first person to be tried and convicted in a U.S. federal court for counterfeiting wine, was sentenced today to 10 years in prison...

Afternoon Brief, August 6

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African-American Wines Served at White House: Wines by African-American winemakers were served at the White House this week at the US-Africa Leaders Summit dinner...

Afternoon Brief, August 5

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Rack & Riddle Announces Facility Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting: Rack & Riddle Custom Wine Services, one of the largest custom crush and winemaking companies in the North Bay area, today announced its new Healdsburg facility is fully operational...

Afternoon Brief, August 4

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Wine brand heritage doesn’t matter, Glossing the Rex Goliath effect: The success of newer US wine brands such as Rex Goliath and Barefoot suggests a new generation places less value on provenance and heritage than on what the drinks say about them...

Afternoon Brief, July 31

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Drought fails to dampen California spirits for 2014 harvest: Many winemakers in California believe the state's drought will not drastically affect this year's harvest, which they say is running two weeks early and is expected to yield a healthy crop...

Afternoon Brief, July 28

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Wine auctioneer charged with grand theft: Joshua Krummenoehl, of Brooklyn, New York, was charged late June with multiple counts of grand theft involving alleged victims from various states, including California, Hawaii, New York and Colorado...

Afternoon Brief, July 17

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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...

Afternoon Brief July 15

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Veraison comes early to Washington wine grapes: With one of the earliest reports ever of grapes beginning to change color in Washington state, 2014 is shaping up to be one of the warmest vintages on record...

Afternoon Brief July 14

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Direct to Consumer Sales Fails to Lift the Wine Industry: The DTC movement is a wonderful idea, and there is no doubt that as regulations soften and technological efficiencies prevail, it will be a sustainable revenue stream going forward. That day is not today...

Afternoon Brief, May 30

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"Only Natural Wines Can Be Truly Great" Claims New Book: Natural wine is such a charged term that you fear fisticuffs might break out if you dare mention the category that must not be named...

Afternoon Brief, May 29

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Viniflora NoVa Removes the Need for Sulfites in Winemaking: Chr. Hansen claims its new wine culture is a fantastic launch that will greatly increase the speed and predictability of malolactic fermentation and remove the need for producers to use sulfites as preservatives...

Afternoon Brief, May 27

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St. Helena wine consultant sued for $1.6 million: A vintner is suing a wine consultant for $1.6 million, alleging he was negligent when he failed to produce a new top-quality cult wine, according to court records filed in Napa County Superior Court...

Afternoon Brief, May 23

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Wine shipments could be hit by surcharges over strikes at U.S. ports: Shipping firms are already announcing surcharges which could hit wine shipments hard ahead of feared industrial action at western US ports...
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