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Russian River Valley’s Prestigious Wine Growing Reputation Experiences a Growth Spurt

(October 17, 2019, Santa Rosa, CA)---The Russian River Valley makes another big stride in proving itself to be one of the world’s premiere wine...

Sangiacomo Family Earns 2019 Sustainable Farmer Award at Sonoma County Harvest...

Sonoma, CA, October 14, 2019 - In addition to celebrating world-class food and beverage, the annual Sonoma County Harvest Fair paid tribute to outstanding...

Afternoon Brief, September 30

Russian River Valley Wines Sweep Top Honors at 2019 Sonoma County Harvest Fair Awards: A pinot noir, a chardonnay and a sparkling brut rosé - all produced from Russian River Valley grapes - won the coveted sweepstakes awards Sunday night at the Sonoma County Harvest Awards Gala...

Afternoon Brief, September 26

How Cameron Hughes Plays the Allocation Shuffle with California's Wine Glut - The last time I interviewed Cameron Hughes, CEO of the giant wine distributor under his name, he told me about how some of most illustrious cult wines of California, whose bottlings win 95-point ratings from the wine media and sell for hundreds of dollars ...

Afternoon Brief, September 18

Would New Fee Empower Wine Country Marketing Efforts? : Should Santa Barbara County wineries impose a two percent fee on each bottle sold to help pay for regional marketing efforts? The staff and board members of the Santa Barbara Vintners certainly believe so...

Afternoon Brief, October 1

Michigan’s Protectionist Wine Shipping Ban Ruled Unconstitutional by Federal Court: On Friday the United States District Court Eastern District of Michigan ruled Michigan's discriminatory ban on wine shipments from out-of-state retailers is unconstitutional and enjoined Michigan from enforcing the ban on out of state retailer shipping...

Afternoon Brief, September 20

Large Wineries Are Rejecting Smoke Exposed Lake and Mendocino County Grapes: Large wineries, most notably Constellation Brands and Treasury Wine Estates, are now exercising the option to skip a vintage with many growers. They've been rejecting a significant share of the wine grapes they source from...

Afternoon Brief, October 2

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: Sonoma County Harvest Fair Wine Sweepstakes Announced A pinot noir, a chardonnay and a sparkling wine won the...

Afternoon Brief, September 28

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: Sonoma County Harvest Fair 2017 Winning Wines Announced Sonoma County Harvest Fair is the largest regional wine competition...

Afternoon Brief, September 21

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: Wine Institute Releases Results of New California Wine Tourism Survey Results of a new online survey of more...

Afternoon Brief, August 28

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: Pay-to-Play Scandal Exposed Southern Glazer's, the largest wine and spirits distributor in the United States, was fined $5...

Afternoon Brief, September 26

Harvest Fair Awards Gala Names Coveted Sweepstakes Winners: Family-owned wineries - both large and small - won the coveted sweepstakes awards Sunday at the Sonoma County Harvest Fair Awards Gala...

Afternoon Brief, September 19

Sonoma Harvest Fair Releases List of Medalists: The judges for this year's Sonoma County Harvest Fair Wine Competition have made their final recommendations, and 94 percent of the wines entered will receive some type of medal...

Afternoon Brief, September 28

Sonoma County Harvest Fair's Sweepstakes Wine Winners Revealed: A sauvignon blanc, a pinot noir and a late harvest semillon won the coveted sweepstakes awards Sunday at the Sonoma County Harvest Awards Gala, with two of the three hailing from the Russian River valley appellation...

Afternoon Brief, August 18

Positive Wine Industry Survey Results, but PR Efforts Still Needed: Survey results released by Sonoma State's Wine Business Institute last week ran contrary to the impression given by several recent stories about the wine industry clashing with locals about vineyard and winery development