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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, July 12

Napa County Superior Court will consider whether Bremer Family Winery is a recalcitrant, rule-breaking rogue winery or the victim of a bad rap...

Afternoon Brief, April 19

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: Buyer of Napa Valley’s Iconic Heitz Wine Cellars 'a Breath of Fresh Air' to Industry One of the...

Afternoon Brief, May 30

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: Lidl to Shake Up U.S. Wine Grocery Business Will Lidl shake up the U.S. grocery store wine business...

Afternoon Brief, April 28

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: Picking Wine Grapes by Machine Means Better Efficiency with No Loss in Quality The truth of the matter...

Afternoon Brief, January 11

San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition Draws 6,850 Entries: This week's San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition won't break last year's record, but the 6,850 entries still makes it the largest in the United States...

Afternoon Brief, November 1

Winery Association Leaders Converge in Washington, D.C. for Inaugural Conference: "You can't find a successful wine region that doesn't have a strong winery association tied to it." So proclaims George Christie, President of the Wine Industry Network and primary organizer of the Wine Association Leadership Conference that's taking place in conjunction with USBevX 2017, this coming February 22-24 in Washington, DC...

Afternoon Brief, July 5

Treasury Wine Estates to Offload 12 US Wine Brands: The group said on Monday that it would sell 12 US wine brands that were part of its "non-core" portfolio at "approximately book value"...

Afternoon Brief, August 17

Leading Premium-Plus Wine Players Drive U.S. Growth: Benefiting from robust premiumization trends, the U.S. markets leading wine brands priced at $10-and-above are posting solid growth and outperforming the overall category

Afternoon Brief, August 6

Red Wine Could Slow Brain Ageing by 7.5 Years: The study, carried out by researchers at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago and funded by The National Institute of Aging, evaluated cognitive change over a period of 4.7 years among 960 dementia-free older adults

Afternoon Brief, May 28

El Dorado: An AVA's Search for The Holy Grail of Identity: Located about an hour east of Sacramento, the El Dorado AVA is huge, encompassing about 2000 vineyard acres, with elevations from 1250 to 3500 feet. The El Dorado group markets its assets with the tagline, "Taste at a higher level."

Afternoon Brief, May 26

Scientists Now Predicting Near 100% Chance Of Strong El Nino, But Rainfall Isn't Always Guaranteed: Climate experts say El Nino is growing stronger and could bring drought-busting wet weather to California this year. While the ocean condition is nearly guaranteed, rainfall doesnt always follow the sea temperature increase...

Afternoon Brief, May 13

Rural crime adds to pain from California drought: Law enforcement officers remind farmers to be vigilant and check irrigation pumps, brass fittings and steel pipes, which remain hot items for thieves...

Afternoon Brief, March 27

Screwcap triumphs over cork in maturation test: A selection of top Australian wines matured under both screwcap and cork led to "ground breaking" results during a blind tasting at this week's Vinitaly...

Afternoon Brief, January 13

Napa Valley might have spearheaded California's emergence on the world wine scene in the past 40 years, but it is neighbouring Sonoma that appears to have seen stronger interest in vineyard acquisitions in the last couple of years...