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Afternoon Brief, November 14

Five Award Winning Innovations for the Wine Industry: Innovation often happens when a new or growing problem needs to be addressed, but sometimes it happens just because someone brings a new perspective and imagination to the industry...

Afternoon Brief, November 11

Sonoma County Studies Take Issue with Wine Industry’s Expansion, Scrutinizing Traffic, Events: Sonoma County wineries should bear the bulk of the responsibility for improving relations with rural neighbors, according to a pair of recently released county studies calling for fewer events, more coordination and a higher standard of review for new or expanding wineries...

Afternoon Brief, October 23

New Law, Citing Napa as Inspiration, Seeks to Change Status Quo of Farmworker Housing: A new law, drawing upon inspiration from Napas farmworker housing model, could transform the housing landscape for workers and their families statewide. The bill, AB 1783, creates new opportunity for streamlined creation of single-family farmworker housing on surplus agricultural land ...

Afternoon Brief, September 19

Napa Planning Commission Asks for More Time to Study Bremer Winery Compliance: Bremer Family Winery, which has been a focus of thorny county code and permit controversies, ran into a delay as it works to come into compliance. The winery recently settled with Napa County over a lawsuit in which the county alleged a variety of illegalities, which the Bremers contested...

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 27

Wineries Share Their Point-of-Sale System Priorities and Experiences - Point-of-Sale systems in wineries seem to be a love-hate relationship many times the hate overcoming the love as the frustrations of adapting to changing and challenging environments puts a strain on winery personnel and the electronic retail and data system that supports their efforts ...

Afternoon Brief, August 16

The End of Cabernet in Napa Valley?: Cabernet Sauvignon grapes make Americas favorite wine, and they are the lifeblood of Napa Valley, our country’s most famous wine region. Cabernet accounts for 65 percent of the grapevines grown in Napa, where last year the crop reached a record $1 billion in gross value ...

Afternoon Brief, August 12

Amazon Plans New Wine Store: Online giant Amazon's footprint in the wine market is set to grow, with a bricks-and-mortar liquor store planned for San Francisco, boosting the company's existing Prime Now delivery service. According to the San Francisco Business Times' Business Insider, Amazon has applied to the city's Board of Supervisors for a license to set up a liquor store in the Dogpatch neighborhood of the city ...

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 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, July 2

'To-Kalon' Napa Valley Trademark Case Against Constellation Brands Gets Amended: An Oakville-based vintner filed an amended complaint late Monday in a trademark case against beverage giant Constellation brands over the right to use the historic To-Kalon name ...

Afternoon Brief, June 7

The Inexorable Rise of Wine Prices: The soaring prices of the world's top wines will be no news to anyone who hasn't spent the last five years living under a rock, but you might have missed the relentless upward creep of all the other wines too, especially in the United States ...

Afternoon Brief, June 5

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: New Privacy Law Puts California Wineries at a Competitive Disadvantage The California Consumer Privacy Act is intended to...

Afternoon Brief, May 15

Jackson Family Wines Vineyard Worker Dies in ATV Crash in Sonoma County: A longtime local worker for one of the country's largest wine producers died in an ATV crash Tuesday after his vehicle rolled over in a Bennett Valley vineyard, according to law enforcement...

Afternoon Brief, August 9

The Wine Mavericks That Heralded a New Generation at U.C. Davis - Recently, I had dinner with my partners uncle, Dan Baron, and he opened a bottle from his new label, Complaint. Vinified in Napa, California, from fruit cultivated in the Santa Lucia Highlands of Monterey County, that Pinot Noir was one of the brightest, most lithe California wines I've tried ...