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Afternoon Brief, February 27

Another Outstanding Napa Valley Vintage Inspires Feverish Bidding at Premiere Napa Valley: Wines from the high quality but low yielding 2015 harvest took center stage at today's 21st annual Premiere Napa Valley barrel tasting and futures auction, hosted by the Napa Valley Vintners nonprofit association...

Afternoon Brief, February 20

How Costco's Wine Guru Picks the 250 Labels That Will Sell $4 Billion a Year in Booze: There are almost 10,000 wineries in the United States alone, and there are 500 Costco warehouse stores in North America, with 49 million members and well over $100 billion a year in sales...

Afternoon Brief, January 30

Is the Intelligent Vineyard the Future of Winegrape Growing?: Phil Asmundson is by no means a veteran viticulturist, but a half-dozen years ago, after watching his wife and business partner, Kim, augering soil samples, he recalls turning to her and saying, "No offense, but there's got to be a better way"...

Afternoon Brief, December 19

World Politics Could Sour the Cost of Wine: Mixing the world of politics and wine might be a bit like oil and water for some readers. But there comes a point, and it could come soon, that politically-based decisions could have a huge impact on wine and particularly the cost of wine...

Afternoon Brief, November 16

In Pursuit of Balance Wine Group Calls It Quits with Last Tasting: To a passerby, the scene would have looked unremarkable: another wine tasting at another fancy San Francisco restaurant...

Afternoon Brief, November 3

Former Napa Valley Winemaker Indicted on Fraud Charges: Former Napa Valley winemaker Jeffry Hill, 38, was indicted by a federal grand jury in San Francisco on charges that he fraudulently mislabeled wine and wine products...

Afternoon Brief, October 26

Wine Industry Wants Greater Say in Sonoma County Groundwater Regulation: Vintners and wine industry representatives on Tuesday pressed Sonoma County supervisors to give farming interests a greater say in how California's new law governing groundwater is put into place on a local level...

Afternoon Brief, October 7

Jackson Family Wines Partners with Breakthru Beverage Canada: Jackson Family Wines is establishing a new sales partnership with Breakthru Beverage Canada, transitioning part of its sales operation to the company...

Afternoon Brief, October 4

Bulgheroni Buys Former Harlan St. Helena Winery: International vintner Alejandro P. Bulgheroni acquired a former Harlan winery in St. Helena and plans for to renovate it for a new winery...

Afternoon Brief, October 3

Napa Valley Fruit Versus Napa Valley Wine: A proposal before the federal agency in charge of wine labeling has vintners in emerging regions complaining that Napa Valley is trying to hurt their businesses...

Afternoon Brief, September 22

How the Wente Chardonnay Clone Became America's Choice: The Wente wine story began in 1883, with German immigrant C.H. Wente. He learned his craft studying winemaking under Charles Krug in Napa Valley...

Afternoon Brief, September 21

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 16

DTC Shipments Surge, Total Wine Sales Strong: A microalgae found in the sea off Brittany's coastline can wipe-out key vine diseases with new scientific tests in France showing 100% efficiency in destroying Downey Mildew...

Afternoon Brief, August 29

Duckhorn Wine Company to Be Acquired by Private Equity Firm TSG Consumer Partners: Duckhorn Wine Company and TSG Consumer Partners, a San Francisco-based strategic equity investor in consumer brands, announced today that TSG will acquire DWC from GI Partners. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed...

Afternoon Brief, August 26

French Wine Production to Fall 10% This Year After Fierce Spring Weather: Fierce storms that hit France in April will help to push wine production down by more than 10% this year, the ministry of agriculture has said...