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Afternoon Brief, December 13

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The Financial Penalty Wineries Now Pay for Climate Change: There is a hidden cost of climate change to wine producers and the Australian wine industry had a small taste of it in the lead up to Christmas, from rising insurance premiums to cancelled winery tours...

Afternoon Brief, December 11

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True Consumer Choice Beginning to Impact Alcoholic Beverage Industry: Cheryl Durzy, CEO and founder of Liberation Distribution (LibDib), thinks the time for real consumer choice in the alcoholic beverage industry is about to dawn as consumer behavior, retailer services, and increased 3-tier access trends converge. For wineries this presents an opportunity, but is no slam dunk...

Leading Wine Regions Advocate on Capitol Hill for Elimination of Tariffs...

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Global wine industry coalition calls for elimination of all tariffs and non-tariff barriers on wine WASHINGTON – The Wine Origins Alliance, a coalition of 26...

Afternoon Brief, October 4

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Eyeing a Possible Recession, California Wineries Cut Back on Production — and Farmers Suffer: Paul Johnson farms 450 acres of wine grapes in Monterey County for his family's Johnson Vineyard Co. Normally, a range of local wineries, under multiyear contracts, buy his Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes. But after last year's harvest, Johnson began to worry when no winery clients renewed their contracts...

Wine Institute Opposes Retaliatory Tariffs on EU Wine

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The U.S. Trade Representative announced that it is placing new tariffs on imported wines from the EU due to a trade dispute related to...

Afternoon Brief, September 16

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As Harvest Season Ramps Up, Napa Wineries Mindful of Carbon Dioxide Poisoning: Harvest season isn't just a hectic time for winemakers in the Napa Valley. It's also a busy stretch for wine country safety consultants, including Nicol Cadet-Cottam of Nicola Health and Safety. Among the major safety concerns for wineries is the possibility that workers could pass out in confined spaces, such as wine storage tanks or presses...

Afternoon Brief, July 23

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How Winemakers Analyze pH and Its Impact on Wine: When presenting wines, winemakers will often mention their pH as an indication of character, to point out whether a particular cuvée is energetic and fresh or more smooth and ripe. But what does the pH number mean, exactly, and how can it be used to better understand wine?

Afternoon Brief, June 10

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Ancient Grape DNA Tells the Prolific History of Wine: Grape seeds dating back to medieval and Roman periods share many similarities with the wine grapes we enjoy today...

Afternoon Brief, May 22

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Wineries Innovate to Build Domestic Demand: Amid lingering trade uncertainties and a changing consumer market, some Northern California wineries are trying to get creative to maintain demand...

Afternoon Brief, December 27

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U.S. Ambassador to Israel Was Tricked into Investing in an Israeli Winery, Lawsuit Alleges: The U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman was presented with allegedly fraudulent documents when he agreed to invest $730,000 in an Israeli wine company, according to a lawsuit filed Wednesday to a Tel Aviv District Court...

Afternoon Brief, November 14

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Are Napa Valley Growers Smart to Rely so Heavily on Cabernet Sauvignon? : A panel of grape growing pundits held court last week during the Napa Valley Grapegrowers Rootstock trade show on the wisdom of relying so heavily on Cabernet Sauvignon...

California Association of Winegrape Growers Statement on Tariffs

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SACRAMENTO, March 23, 2018 – California Association of Winegrape Growers (CAWG) President John Aguirre has issued the following statement: “President Trump’s decision to address United States...

Afternoon Brief, November 6

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Charles Krug Winery Honors its Wine Industry Icon, Peter Mondavi: Charles Krug Winery and the Peter Mondavi Sr. family announced today the centennial birthday of winery patriarch Peter Mondavi, Sr. is on Saturday, November 8th, making him the oldest working winemaker in the Napa Valley...