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Afternoon Brief, February 10

The Preliminary California Grape Crush Report released today reveals the 2014 winegrape crush was down 7.9% to 3,910,178 from the 2013 record high winegrape crush of 4,245,852 tons...

Afternoon Brief, October 15

Winning in U.S. wine: Pricing to maximize profit, avoid brand equity erosion: The price of a bottle of wine has a critical impact on the positioning and profitability of a wine brand but marketers are often unsure when they should tweak price to optimize profit...

Afternoon Brief, October 10

California aquifers contaminated with billions of gallons of fracking wastewater: Industry illegally injected about 3 billion gallons of fracking wastewater into central California drinking-water and farm-irrigation aquifers, the state found after the US Environmental Protection Agency ordered a review of possible contamination...

Afternoon Brief, October 8

TTB Establishes 11 New Viticultural Areas Within the Paso Robles Viticultural Area: On Thursday, October 9, 2014, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau will publish a final rule in Federal Register establishing 11 new American viticultural areas within the existing Paso Robles viticultural area in San Luis Obispo County, California...

TTB Establishes 11 New Viticultural Areas Within the Paso Robles Viticultural...

Washington, D.C. — On Thursday, October 9, 2014, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) will publish a final rule in Federal...

Afternoon Brief, October 6

Ancient Grape ‘Solution’ to Climate Change: Wine cooperative Plaimont may have found a solution to a demand for less alcoholic reds from hot wine regions - an ancient grape currently known as Pedebernade 5...

Afternoon Brief, September 29

Wineries See Challenges and Opportunities in Expanding Market for Beer, Cider, and Distilled Spirits: A recent article in the business section of the Santa Rosa Press Democrat has depicted the California wine industry wringing its hands over the defection of millennial drinkers into the alluring fields of craft beer, hard cider and fancy cocktails...

Afternoon Brief, September 15

New technology tested as first wine grapes arrive: A new grape sorting system with the brains of a computer is giving Columbia Crest red winemaker Laura Sorge more control over the grapes that make it into this year's vintage...

Afternoon Brief, August 26

Most wineries not insured for quake losses: Napa and Sonoma winemakers on Monday assessed the toll of the American Canyon earthquake, which could saddle wineries with costly losses because most are not insured for quake damage...

Afternoon Brief, August 22

Napa Valley May Cut Back on New Wineries: With more than 500 wineries in Napa Valley, some leaders are asking if it's time to consider a moratorium on new ones...

Afternoon Brief, August 7

Wine Counterfeiter Rudy Kurniawan Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison: Rudy Kurniawan, the first person to be tried and convicted in a U.S. federal court for counterfeiting wine, was sentenced today to 10 years in prison...

TTB Proposes Expansion of the Sta. Rita Hills Viticultural Area

In Notice No. 145, a notice of proposed rulemaking published in the Federal Register on August 7, 2014, TTB proposes to expand the existing...

Afternoon Brief, July 31

Drought fails to dampen California spirits for 2014 harvest: Many winemakers in California believe the state's drought will not drastically affect this year's harvest, which they say is running two weeks early and is expected to yield a healthy crop...

TTB Establishes the Manton Valley Viticultural Area

Washington, D.C. — On Friday, August 1, 2014, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) will publish a final rule in Federal...

Proposed Establishment of the “Fountaingrove District” Viticultural Area

Washington, D.C. — The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau will publish a notice of proposed rulemaking in the Federal Register on Monday,...