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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 9

Napa Valley Grapegrowers expect to wrap up another successful harvest next week: Though this harvest is expected to be a little smaller than 2013, it will have a similar quality profile. The warm season translated into early bud break and harvest, could in turn translate into great quality wines, because it allows the winemakers flexibility in choosing when to harvest to get the flavor profile and acidity theyre looking for without fear of rain...

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...

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...