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Afternoon Brief, September 6

Why Winemakers Should Be Fighting Against Herbicide Drift: A grape grower whose vineyards have been damaged speaks out on why it's a threat to the industry...

Afternoon Brief, August 28

Wine Targeted by Instagram Money Grab: In recent weeks, social media companies, brands, influencers and even legislators have been feverishly debating what changes are being openly made, secretly made and should possibly be made in the future on the platforms we all love to hate and hate to love. There are, of course, billions of dollars at stake for everyone involved...

Afternoon Brief, August 22

Saving Cabernet from Climate Change: UC Cooperative Extension, Beckstoffer Vineyards and Duarte Nursery are launching the wine industry's most ambitious cabernet sauvignon rootstock and clone trial in the Red Hills of Lake County to give the varietal greater resilience to climate change...

Afternoon Brief, August 15

How Wine World Has Changed Since Poor 2017 Global Harvest : 2017 was a long, protracted nightmare for so much of the world of wine. Circumstances came together so that both the northern and southern hemispheres both endured bad harvests in most of the major wine producing countries ...

Afternoon Brief, August 9

North Coast Wine Industry Finds Potential Cannabis Business Ventures Appealing: Last year when Francis Ford Coppola unveiled a cannabis product line to go with his wine and hospitality empire, the famed film director was stepping into the unknown. The traditionally hidebound North Coast premium wine sector had held the emerging cannabis industry at arm's length, especially in Napa County, because of the stigma of stoners as well as state and federal regulatory concerns...

Afternoon Brief, August 2

Diamond Creek Owner Adelle 'Boots' Brounstein Dies at 92: Adelle Boots Brounstein, who cofounded Napa Valley’s legendary Diamond Creek winery with her husband, Al, and helped guide the winery for more than half a century, died July 31 following a brief illness. She was 92 ...

Afternoon Brief, July 24

Napa Winemakers Tap Sonoma for Pinot, Chardonnay: Pinot noir has been called many things. The heartbreak grape. Temperamental. Finicky. Demanding. Untrustworthy. Difficult to grow and vinify. Yet once in the bottle, pinot noir undergoes a personality transformation...

Afternoon Brief, July 10

UC Researchers Probe Mystery Vine Collapse: A team of researchers, headed by plant pathologists from University of California, Davis, is responding to a growing concern over a malady known simply as mysterious vine collapse...

Afternoon Brief, July 3

The Incredible Ways the 4th Industrial Revolution and AI Are Changing Winemaking: Could the Fourth Industrial Revolution change the wine industry? It already has and will continue to just like it has changed just about every other sector from healthcare to manufacturing to retail...

Afternoon Brief, May 1

Merger Promises New 'Big Data Era' for the Wine Industry: One of the US's most popular consumer sites, Wine Folly, has merged with the Global Wine Database (GWDB) and unveiled plans to make big data about wine accessible to the industry...

Afternoon Brief, April 29

Turning a Critical Eye on Wine Critics: One of the frequent digs made in the Cabernet-infused cock pit of the bad old days (the Robert Parker bulletin board in the mid-noughties) was that, while the likes of Decanter magazine and certain wine competitions were all very well, their group tasting approach could smother the individual greatness of certain wines and the individual insights that came with the lone star approach...

Afternoon Brief, April 5

How Jackson Family Wines’ Top Brass in Oregon Is Shaping the Willamette Valley’s Future: With Eugenia Keegan at the helm in Oregon, JFW is guiding the valley's evolution into an elite, luxury region. In return, the valley is doing the same for JFW...

Afternoon Brief, February 22

Roederer Buys Sonoma's Merry Edwards Winery: The Louis Roederer Champagne house has purchased Russian River Valley Pinot Noir specialist Merry Edwards Winery. The deal includes the brand and its inventory, as well as the winery and tasting room in Sebastopol and 79 acres spread over six vineyards...

Afternoon Brief, February 18

What's in a Name? AVA Overload: In a market jammed with producers desperate to stay (or become) relevant, winemakers are turning to the government in a desperate bid for desirability. Winemakers in the US and elsewhere are lining up to get the region in which they grow their grapes officially recognized...

Afternoon Brief, February 15

Italian Authorities Uncover Counterfeit Tignanello Wine Scheme: Italian authorities have arrested three suspects in a scheme to sell at least 11,000 counterfeit bottles of the legendary super Tuscan wine Antinori Toscana Tignanello in Italy, Germany and Belgium ...