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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 7

How Women’s Sexuality Is Used to Sell Wine: What should I wear to work? It may sound innocuous, but this loaded question was at the heart of a lively and controversial panel discussion that closed out the Bâtonnage Forum, held May 4 at a private estate in Napa, California ...

Rabobank Announces Plan to Strengthen U.S. Rural Banking Business

Move positions bank for substantial growth in U.S. food and agriculture lending St. Louis, Mo. (March 15, 2019) – Today, Rabobank announced that it will...

Mechanics Bank and Rabobank, N.A. Announce Strategic Business Combination Transaction

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. and ROSEVILLE, Calif. — March 15, 2019 — Mechanics Bank (OTCBB: MCHB) and Rabobank, N.A., a subsidiary of Rabobank Group, today...

Afternoon Brief, March 6

How Wine Businesses Are Using Emerging Technologies: Technology plays a vital role in all aspects of our lives, but with the speed of new developments, the choice of what tech to use and how to use it can be dizzying. At the "Emerging Technologies in the Wines and Spirits Industry" panel held at Vinexpo in New York City on Monday, wine industry professionals discussed the latest platforms and services they're using to help optimize their businesses...

Afternoon Brief, December 14

The Great Haut-Brion Price Hack: It's no surprise that the most expensive wine traded on the Liv-Ex fine wine exchange in 2018 was one that dragged the superlatives from the critics. Such wines are obviously rare and expensive, especially when they come from Bordeaux, but we've found a little hack that could see you getting similar quality for a much-reduced price...

Afternoon Brief, December 10

A 31% Increase in Number of California Wineries Makes Financial Success That Much Harder: The global investment firm Rabobank November 2018 Wine Quarterly included a few important takeaways from the Wine Industry Financial Symposium held this autumn in Napa, California. In its introduction to the report, the bank got my attention with this about California: "Wineries of all sizes need to find new owners."

Afternoon Brief, October 11

Who Leaked the Somms' Wine List? - This year's Master Sommelier Diploma Examination taste test has been controversially struck down amid suspicions of cheating by one of the Master Sommeliers overseeing the examination

Afternoon Brief, September 4

California’s Edgiest, Riskiest Wine Region Is About to Get a New Name: The remote coastline of Sonoma never fails to impress. Chilly fog and wind roll in from the Pacific, covering ridges of towering redwoods and tiny patches of vineyards...

Afternoon Brief, August 6

French Wine Scientists Create 'Supergrapes' That Do Not Require Pesticides French wine scientists have come up with four revolutionary supergrape varieties they say are impervious to rot and thus require almost no pesticides...

Afternoon Brief, August 31

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: Napa Valley Vineyard Asset Bubble Ready to Pop? Not So Fast, Says Rabobank Analyst Growing global interest in...

Afternoon Brief, May 11

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: Stagecoach Vineyard Seller Buys Napa Winery The family who sold the 600-acre Stagecoach Vineyard in Napa Valley to...

Afternoon Brief, December 4

North Coast Wineries See Opportunities, Challenges Ahead in 2016: The North Coast wine industry remains in a relatively strong position going into 2016 despite a much lighter grape harvest this year and persistent environmental concerns, especially as its water use comes under greater scrutiny in a drought era, industry analysts said Thursday...

Afternoon Brief, September 10

How Wine-Educated Is the U.S. Market?: The U.S. is the largest wine market in the world, and according to the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET), professional-level knowledge of wine has also reached an all-time high...

Afternoon Brief, July 15

Former Winemaker Pleads No Contest in California Court: Jeffry James Hill, a former Napa Valley winemaker and vineyard manager who was accused of stealing grapes and misrepresenting the origin of wines he sold to consumers and to other winemakers, pleaded no contest on Tuesday to one count of grand theft