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Afternoon Brief, October 30

Kincade Fire Tears Through Sonoma County, Inches Toward Napa According to Cal Fire, the Kincade fire had grown to 76,825 acres, with 30% containment, as of Wednesday morning. Fears that overnight winds would push the fire closer to Santa Rosa, and would follow the path of the 2017 Tubbs fire, subsided as the winds died down towards dawn...

Afternoon Brief, October 29th

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: Firefighters Battle Sonoma Blaze While Wineries Wonder and Worry According to state agency Cal Fire, the Kincade fire...

Afternoon Brief, October 4

Eyeing a Possible Recession, California Wineries Cut Back on Production — and Farmers Suffer: Paul Johnson farms 450 acres of wine grapes in Monterey County for his family's Johnson Vineyard Co. Normally, a range of local wineries, under multiyear contracts, buy his Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes. But after last year's harvest, Johnson began to worry when no winery clients renewed their contracts...

Pinot Noir Auction the Flywheel of Success for the Willamette Valley...

As auctioneer Fritz Hatton, pointed his finger and called “Sold!” for the last lot of Pinot Noir, the crowd at the Willamette Valley Barrel Auction responded with jubilation. The fund raising event broke the $1 million goal in a rather dramatic final act.

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, April 2

Science and the Future of Winemaking: Winemaking combines art and science, and producers have never had more technological tools available to understand and leverage the latter...

Afternoon Brief, February 1

Malibu Winery Sues Electricity Company After Fire: Cielo Farms winery, along with multiple homeowners, filed a suit at the Los Angeles Superior Court on Tuesday (29 January), blaming Southern California Edison (SCE) for the losses caused by the Woolsey Fire ...

Afternoon Brief, January 9

Constellation Brands Plunges Most in Six Years on Forecast Cut: Constellation Brands Inc., the alcohol giant betting big on the cannabis industry, plunged the most since 2013 after the company cut its profit outlook and indicated its beer business is slowing down...

Fourth Annual Willamette: The Pinot Noir Auction to Feature Unique Lots...

(December 5, 2018; Portland, OR)—Willamette Valley Pinot noir will be the talk of the wine industry on April 6, 2019, when the nation’s top...

Afternoon Brief, November 30

Napa Vintner, Oregon Officials Meet to Defuse Wine-Labeling Dispute: Oregon regulators and a California winery accused of misrepresenting the Oregon origins of its bestselling pinot noir, an act which infuriated local winemakers, said Thursday after a preliminary meeting they're hopeful they can resolve the dispute...

Afternoon Brief, November 1

Joe Wagner Responds to Copper Cane Controversy: Copper Cane founder Joe Wagner has largely stayed quiet and out of the press as controversy swirls around his using of Oregon place names on his wines. In early October, he agreed to a lengthy phone interview with Oregon Wine Press; what follows are excerpts from that conversation...

Afternoon Brief, October 1

Michigan’s Protectionist Wine Shipping Ban Ruled Unconstitutional by Federal Court: On Friday the United States District Court Eastern District of Michigan ruled Michigan's discriminatory ban on wine shipments from out-of-state retailers is unconstitutional and enjoined Michigan from enforcing the ban on out of state retailer shipping...

Afternoon Brief, September 18

Warren Winiarski Awarded American Wine Legend Wine Star Award by Wine Enthusiast: Wine Enthusiast magazine is awarding Warren Winiarski its Wine Star for American Wine Legend at this years Wine Star Awards held in January 2019. The award recognizes Winiarski's legacy in the wine industry as well as his many contributions to...

Afternoon Brief, September 13

Making the Most of Dwindling Customer Engagement Opportunities: The biggest difference between tasting rooms and wine clubs that perform beyond expectation and those that don't, is an organizational commitment to employee training, according to the 2017 VinQuest direct to consumer benchmark report...

Afternoon Brief, May 3

Gallo Acquires Rancho Real Vineyard An affiliate of E. & J. Gallo Winery announced today it has purchased Rancho Real Vineyard in the Santa Maria Valley appellation of Santa Barbara County...