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Afternoon Brief, March 4

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El Niño’s Long-Awaited Grand Performance Is on Its Way to California
: After a crushingly dry February, it looks as if early to mid-March is likely to bring California some of the serious moisture it needs from the 2015-16 El Niño event, and perhaps some unwanted flooding and mudslides...

Afternoon Brief, February 29

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El Niño Heads Back to California This Week After Hiatus: El Niño storms could blanket central and northern California this week following a mostly February dry spell, according to meteorologist Terry Snow of the Weather Advisory Service...

Afternoon Brief, February 22

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Peter Mondavi, Napa Valley Wine Pioneer, Dies at 101: Peter Mondavi Sr., a Napa Valley pioneer who steered his family's Charles Krug Winery through more than a half-century of revolutionary change in the American wine industry, died Feb. 20 at his home in St. Helena, on the Charles Krug estate, surrounded by his family...

Distilled Spirits Council & Wine Institute Statement on TTB Kroger Letter

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Distilled Spirits Council and Wine Institute today issued a joint statement in response to the Tax and Trade Bureau’s (TTB)...

Afternoon Brief, January 22

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Landmark Vineyards and Winery Acquires Russian River Valley’s Hop Kiln Winery: Landmark Vineyards, one of Sonoma's premier producers of luxury chardonnay and pinot noir, announced today its purchase of the historic Hop Kiln Vineyards located in Sonoma's Russian River Valley...

Afternoon Brief, January 14

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Could Drinking Red Wine Lead to Better Sex? Good news, wine-loving dudes a new study out of Harvard University and the University of East Anglia found that consuming foods and drinks rich in flavonoids, which are found in red wine, berries, tea, and more, may lead to a decrease in erectile dysfunction, a condition that affects roughly 50 percent of men...

Afternoon Brief, December 28

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Napa, Sonoma Struggle with Winery Events Rules: Napa and Sonoma counties are in the midst of reviewing how they handle rural winery projects amid increasingly vigorous opposition...

Afternoon Brief, December 17

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Gallo to Acquire The Ranch Winery, Tripling Its Production Capacity in the Napa Valley: E.&J. Gallo Winery has agreed to acquire The Ranch Winery, a custom crush winery in St. Helena, California, located between Highway 29 and the Silverado Trail. The facility spans more than 70 acres and has a grape crush capacity of 30,000 tons. It also has 4.6 million cases of bottling capacity and 8 million gallons of storage space...

Afternoon Brief, October 5

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Technology Used to Fight Back Against Fakes: Counterfeit wines and spirits are big business from Glasgow to Guangdong, and the fakers are not just targeting premium brands such as top of the range Cognacs and rare vintages of first growth clarets commodity wines such as Jacob's Creek and Blossom Hill have been counterfeited...

Afternoon Brief, October 2

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Californian Wine Hits Back at Arsenic 'Propaganda': The body representing Californian winemakers has refuted claims made in a study released this week that said potentially dangerous levels of arsenic are present in nearly all American red wine...

Afternoon Brief, September 25

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Truett-Hurst Reports Sales Increase, but Trouble for New Wine Spritzer Brand: Truett-Hurst Inc. announced Thursday that it is killing off its highly touted wine spritzer brand sold exclusively in Kroger stores because of poor sales, providing another black mark for the Healdsburg vintner in a year that has been plagued by packaging problems...

Afternoon Brief, September 18

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Lake County Winery and Vineyard Associations Announce Relief Effort: In response to the devastating Valley Fire, three leading organizations that represent wineries and vineyard owners in Lake County have announced plans to lead a fundraising drive #LakeCountyRising to help those affected by the Valley Fire...

Afternoon Brief, April 27

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China wine growers beat France for second place: China overtook France last year as the world's second largest wine grower by area under cultivation as it continued to plant vast fields of mostly imported grape vines to meet growing demand...

Afternoon Brief, April 17

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Making Wine on Shaky Ground: Industry Looks for Answers to Seismic Safety in the Cellar: The 6.0 earthquake that shook Napa Valley in the wee hours of the morning last August did a lot more than rattle nerves and break a few bottles of fine wine...

Afternoon Brief, February 27

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Australian winemaker Treasury Wine Estates returns to profit: One of the world's biggest publicly-listed winemakers, Australia's Treasury Wine Estates has returned to profit in the six months to December, citing solid sales among other factors...