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Afternoon Brief, February 28

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For almost all of February, the streets in the busiest cities of the world's most-populous nation have been empty. As China has battled to contain the novel coronavirus that causes the disease Covid-19, the economy has been nearly shut down and more than 760 million people have been living under varying degrees of quarantine ...

Afternoon Brief, October 21

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Wineries Sue Insurers for $20 Million in Smoke Taint Losses - Kunde and Vintage Wine Estates (VWE) have filed suit against their insurers at Sonoma County Superior Court collectively seeking approximately $20 million in losses. The wineries claim their insurers wrongfully refused to pay for smoke taint damages caused by the October 2017 Northern California wildfires ...

Afternoon Brief, October 11

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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, September 13

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Jackson Family Wines Purchases Alexander Valley’s Field Stone Winery: Best known for its old-vine Petite Sirah, the Field Stone vineyard was first planted in 1894...

Afternoon Brief May 26

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Experts: Smaller 2016 Crop May Increase ‘Buyer Fatigue’ from High Grape, Wine Prices: The consumers' thirst for better-quality wine continues to deepen, but the diminishing North Coast supply of grapes and wine may mean less of the growth in higher-end brands will be coming from the region, market experts told a gathering of industry professionals in Napa on May 25 ...

Afternoon Brief, December 18

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Scarcity Sends California Vineyard Prices Soaring: A local real estate expert says the price per acre in Napa could reach Burgundy levels within a generation. Napa Valley will see vineyards sell for $1 million per acre in the next 30 years, a local expert predicts...