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Afternoon Brief, June 7

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: Compounds Called Corklins Found in Cork-Stoppered Wines The interaction of wine and phenolics from cork stoppers produces compounds...

Afternoon Brief, April 6

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: Bordeaux Wine Firm Found Guilty of Fraud A judge ruled that Grands Vins de Gironde illegally blended cheap...

Afternoon Brief, November 1

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: What California Winery Anniversaries Can Teach About Success in Wine and Business This year, several of California's most...

Afternoon Brief, March 9

Total Wine Shipments to the US Expanded 3% to 399 Million Cases in 2016: For 12-months ending December 2016, Gomberg, Fredrikson & Associates reports that total wine shipments into the US market expanded by 3%, nearing 400 million cases. This growth is consistent with 10 year trends and is across both domestic and imported wines...

Afternoon Brief, February 16

Powerful Friday Storm in Southern California; Warm & Wet Atmospheric River to Affect Oroville Dam Watershed Monday: California is currently experiencing one of its wettest winters on record. Precipitation has been especially remarkable across the Northern Sierra watersheds, where liquid equivalent (rain+melted snow) is presently above 200% of average...

Afternoon Brief, January 25

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief Trending Story: Judgment of Paris No Clear-Cut Decision It's practically written into the annals of time at this point. A...

Afternoon Brief, January 23

Walt Ranch Approvals Head to Court: A judge will have the final word in Napa County's multi-year Walt Ranch hillside vineyard development battle...

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, December 29

10 Timeless Lessons About Business from the Founders of the Biggest Wine Brand in America: Last month I had the pleasure of interviewing Michael Houlihan and Bonnie Harvey, the founders of the world's most popular wine brand, Barefoot Wine...

Afternoon Brief, December 26

The Sparkling Winemakers’ Choice for a New Year’s Toast: We asked a few sparkling winemakers to share their wine recommendations for celebrating the new year, one of their own wines, and one from another winery that they enjoy. We hope you'll find something new and exciting in their recommendations that can start your new year off with a great sparkling experience...

Afternoon Brief, November 29

The Immigrants Who Help Make Your Wine Are Afraid of Trump: On election night in Napa Valley, Enrique Ayón was glued to the TV. Ayón, a Mexican citizen who's worked in the wine industry for 20 years, was sure Clinton would win - she had experience, and he couldn't imagine voters would support Trump after the way he had insulted Mexicans and women, among others...

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 9

What a Trump Presidency Might Mean for Wine: Donald Trump's victory in the US presidential election is the second time this year that markets and political pundits have been caught out...

Afternoon Brief, November 7

Settlement Expected in Case Alleging Men Hired Prostitutes for Cruise Aboard USS Alpha Omega: A former Napa Valley winery employee alleges that in August 2015 she was assigned to work on a company yacht where men had sex with call girls while the group cruised the San Francisco Bay, according to court records...

Afternoon Brief, November 4

Sonoma County Vintner Steve Kistler to Pay More Than $500,000 to Settle Creek Pollution Case: A Sonoma County vintner has agreed to pay $579,700 to settle water code violations stemming from the release of muddy pond water into a Valley Ford creek that supports spawning fish, state officials announced Thursday...