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Afternoon Brief, April 15

The Best AVA Not on the Label: If you want some great Syrah, I'm going to tell you about a place that grows it. The wines are fascinating - complex and not fruit-driven - and a true product of their unique terroir. But the region might break the American Viticultural Area system...

Afternoon Brief, February 4

Should You Ignore What Your Customers Want? The Great Winemakers Do: Among French wines, Château Pétrus is legendary. Consumers pay over $1,000 for a single bottle. Talking with Christian Moueix, the owner and long-time winemaker of Pétrus, Kellogg's Gregory Carpenter asked an innocent question: When crafting a wine, how do you think about the consumer?

Afternoon Brief, September 10

Smoky Summers May Taint Washington Wine, but This WSU Researcher Is Shedding Light on the Problem: Tom Collins opens the flap to the black canvas tent and the smoke starts seeping out. He steps inside and pulls a mask over his mouth and nose. Two rows of grapevines stretch beyond him...

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, February 3

Sonoma County Vintners Announces New Organization Appointments: Sonoma County Vintners announced several new organizational appointments during their 2017 Annual Membership meeting on February 1, 2017...

Afternoon Brief, December 6

North Coast Vineyard Values Will Grow, Just Not as Fast: California agricultural land values have enjoyed an impressive run in recent years. Due to limited supply and increasing global demand for specialty crops, this trend is likely to continue in the long term...

Afternoon Brief, July 13

On-Premise Beverage Alcohol Consumption Continues to Decline: The on-premise beverage alcohol market was unable to capitalize on an improving economy, as consumption decreased for the third consecutive year...

Afternoon Brief, February 26

Farm Labor Contractor, Vineyard Pay $42K in Penalties for Providing Deplorable Housing Conditions to Farm Workers in Sonoma County: Investigators from the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division found farm labor contractor Four Seasons Vineyard Management and winemaker Ridge Vineyards in violation of the Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act for providing deplorable housing conditions to farm workers in northern Sonoma County...

Farm Labor Contractor, Vineyard Pay $42K in Penalties for Providing Deplorable...

Investigators from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division found farm labor contractor Four Seasons Vineyard Management and winemaker Ridge Vineyards in violation of the Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act for providing deplorable housing conditions to farm workers in northern Sonoma County.

The Umstead Hotel and Spa Announces Wine Dinner Series With Premium...

CARY, N.C. – March 26, 2015 – The Umstead Hotel and Spa will welcome two iconic wine producers in a stirring series of wine-paired...

Afternoon Brief, July 1

Bye bye Bordeaux! The new bull market for wine: When a pack of wine collectors arrived in the private second floor of Manhattan's Bowery Hotel last Thursday for an auction held by Acker Merrall & Condit, they weren't there to hold back...

Afternoon Brief, Oct. 29

Trending Story: World's Vineyard Shrinks But Production Shows Rise New statistics show consumption is stabilizing. The worlds vineyard area has shrunk by 3,000 square kilometers (1,158 square...