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Afternoon Brief, September 27th

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Southern Oregon is known for it’s abundance of wineries. But smoke from wildfires in recent years has sometimes affected the taste of the wine. Smoke damage from wildfires are costing wineries billions of dollars across the west coast...
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Afternoon Brief, September 26th

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Red Blotch Virus Detected for First Time in Australia in Wine Grape Collections: A grape disease that hasn't been found in Australia before has been identified in three separate states...

Afternoon Brief, September 19th

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Sonoma County Wine Auction Returns at Healdsburg’s Chalk Hill Estate Vineyards: There were plenty of spiraling bids at the main attraction of the Sonoma County Wine Auction on Saturday, with signs the charitable fundraiser entering its fourth decade could surpass last year’s take of $1.7-plus million...
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Afternoon Brief, September 16th

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Price Hikes Turn Off Wine Country Visitors: Tasting room visits to West Coast wineries, after rebounding in 2021, are way down this summer compared to pre-pandemic numbers, according to a survey of 400 wineries released last week by a company called Community Benchmark....
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Afternoon Brief, September 15th

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Exchange Rates Unlikely to Impact Wine Prices: As the value of the Euro, relative to the dollar, dropped to historic lows, wine industry executives have started to wonder if this decrease will help mitigate some of the other rising costs of importing wine. This is the first time in two decades that the dollar has basically hit value parity with the Euro...
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Afternoon Brief, September 13th

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Fred Franzia Has Died: Fred died early this morning at his Redwood home in Denair, California, with family by his side. He was 79 years old...
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Afternoon Brief, September 12th

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Why Wine Country Is No Longer ‘for Regular People,’ According to Some Bay Area Residents: Priced out. Astronomical tasting fees. Rip-off. These were some of the sentiments shared by Bay Area residents after The Chronicle reported last week that it has been an unusually slow summer in Wine Country...
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Afternoon Brief, September 6th

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Liquor Raids Lead to Scores of Arrests: Liquor authorities in North Carolina carried out a series of raids that have raised concerns among retailers…
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Afternoon Brief, August 29th

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Sonoma County Board of Supervisors to Vote on Compromise Evacuation Zone Ordinance for Farmers: The new regulations are a compromise between labor activists who advocated for a wide range of worker protections such as hazard and disaster pay for the estimated 8,500 farmworkers working in the county and the politically powerful wine industry, which argued for flexibility with public safety officials having the power to decide who is allowed to enter evacuation zones...
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Afternoon Brief, August 22nd

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Gabilan Mountains AVA Approved on the Central Coast: Straddling the slopes between Monterey and San Benito counties, from south of San Juan Bautista to east of Soledad, the roughly 30-mile-long appellation is primarily defined by its high elevation: 2,370 feet on average, and no lower than about 1,500, keeping the vines above the soupy fog that soaks most of Monterey...
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Afternoon Brief, August 17th

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Plans to Rebuild After Wildfire Damages Rare Vines in Crete: Growers in Crete who saw old, pre-phylloxera vines severely damaged by wildfire are determined to rebuild and have been offered support from an international winemaker group created to champion ungrafted vines...
Wildfire
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Afternoon Brief, August 15th

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Smoke Threatens to Choke Bordeaux: Earlier this summer on July 12, Bordeaux faced down its first fire which went on to consume over 14,000 hectares in 12 days. Fast-forward a month and Bordeaux is back battling another blaze raging through Landes forest that has been described by various media outlets as monstrous...
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Afternoon Brief, August 8th

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Just when the Napa Valley tourism industry seems to be recovered from the Covid-19 pandemic, the city of Napa has been hit with an outbreak of Legionnaire’s disease…
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Afternoon Brief, August 4th

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Lucio Tasca d’Almerita, a Champion of Sicilian Wines, Dies at 82: At his family’s winery, he gained global respect for Sicily’s terroir by trying international grapes, then built on that with outstanding native grape wines...
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Afternoon Brief, August 1st

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Scorching Heat and Wildfires Worry European Winemakers: In wine regions across the continent, spring was dry and summer has brought record temperatures, shrinking the potential harvest and sparking wildfires...
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