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Afternoon Brief, January 27

Napa and Sonoma counties are closer to resolving some key issues that for years have been simmering and at time boiling over on how to regulate the growth of wine business operations ...

Afternoon Brief, December 27

Trump’s 100% Tariffs on French Wines Could Cost American Jobs: The Champagne that millions of Americans will drink to toast in the New Year could become more costly if U.S. President Donald Trump imposes a 100% tariff on French -- and other European -- goods such as wine, cheese, cosmetics, and the famous bubbly by the middle of next month. The tariff could also lead to job cuts in the U.S. ...

Afternoon Brief, December 23

Wine Excise Tax Reduction Extension Becomes Law: The consolidated appropriations package, which includes a one-year extension of the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act (S. 362/ H.R. 1175) that provides federal excise tax benefits for all wineries, was signed into law by the president late on Friday, Dec. 20...

Afternoon Brief, October 24

Fast-Moving Wildfire Ignites in Northern California Wine Country, Prompting Evacuations: A fast-moving wildfire aided by powerful winds in Northern California's wine country has prompted mandatory evacuation orders in Geyserville, an area of Sonoma County 75 miles north of San Francisco. The Kincade Fire had spread to 10,000 acres just over 15 square miles by early Thursday, with no containment, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection..

Afternoon Brief, October 23

New Law, Citing Napa as Inspiration, Seeks to Change Status Quo of Farmworker Housing: A new law, drawing upon inspiration from Napas farmworker housing model, could transform the housing landscape for workers and their families statewide. The bill, AB 1783, creates new opportunity for streamlined creation of single-family farmworker housing on surplus agricultural land ...

Afternoon Brief, October 15

Jackson Family Wines of Santa Rosa Buys Winery in Mendocino County: Jackson Family Wines of Santa Rosa on Monday said it expanded in Mendocino County by acquiring the winery, vineyard and tasting room of Balo Vineyards in the Anderson Valley. Jackson, the ninth-largest wine company in the United States, did not disclose the price that it paid for the winery, which was founded by the Mullins family in 2003...

Afternoon Brief, September 30

Russian River Valley Wines Sweep Top Honors at 2019 Sonoma County Harvest Fair Awards: A pinot noir, a chardonnay and a sparkling brut rosé - all produced from Russian River Valley grapes - won the coveted sweepstakes awards Sunday night at the Sonoma County Harvest Awards Gala...

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 16

As Harvest Season Ramps Up, Napa Wineries Mindful of Carbon Dioxide Poisoning: Harvest season isn't just a hectic time for winemakers in the Napa Valley. It's also a busy stretch for wine country safety consultants, including Nicol Cadet-Cottam of Nicola Health and Safety. Among the major safety concerns for wineries is the possibility that workers could pass out in confined spaces, such as wine storage tanks or presses...

Afternoon Brief, July 16

Wasps May Save California Vineyards from ‘Invasion’ by Chinese Fly: Researchers are concerned about the potential spread of the spotted lanternfly, which first showed up in the US in Pennsylvania five years ago but was found in Virginia vineyards in early 2018 ...

Afternoon Brief, May 21

E & J Gallo-Constellation Transaction May Not Close Until Second Half: The $1.7 billion deal between Constellation Brands and E&J Gallo Winery may not be completed until the second half of calendar year 2019 instead of by the end of May, according to regulatory documents...

Afternoon Brief, March 22

Napa and Sonoma Bottles Rise to the Top of American Wine Lists. Again.: We love to ride a new wave, set a trend, be the vanguard. Headlines scream about the decline of last years fad and the rise of this years hot new thing. Yet if we take a broader perspective and look at something over a longer time, continuity may be more apparent ...

Afternoon Brief, March 4

Napa Valley Vintner John R. Shafer Dies at Age 94: The Shafer family is deeply saddened to announce the death of their father, longtime vintner, philanthropist and winery founder, John Shafer on March 2, 2019...

Afternoon Brief, December 26

Beer, Spirits, & Wine - Packaged Imports Grow +8.3% by Value Over Last Twelve Months Through October 2018, Packaged Exports Decline -10.3%: Total beverage alcohol imports (including bulk and packaged) grew +7.7% by value over the last twelve months and grew +5.6% by value over the last three months...

Grape Shortage Exacerbated as Growing Demand Collides with Bad Weather and...

Kevin Atticks, the longtime executive director of the Maryland Wineries Association, has seen a rapid growth of wineries in his state and others around it the last 10 years. It’s a business model that continues to outpace vineyards, which cover 800 acres across Maryland with another 100 new acres not yet producing.