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Afternoon Brief, October 22

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Napa County Farm Bureau Releases Fire Prevention Policy and Legislative Recommendations: The Napa County Farm Bureau today released Fire Prevention Policy and Legislative Recommendations based of off extensive policy work that it has conducted over the last two years regarding wildland fires and fire risk mitigation...

Afternoon Brief, October 21

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Sonoma Starts Selling the Turbulent 2020 Vintage: It's been a hell of a year, but Sonoma producers have reasons to be cheerful...

Afternoon Brief, October 15

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Santa Barbara County Wine Legends for Sale: Longoria wines seeks to sell it all, while Ampelos Cellars offloading vineyard, not brand...

Afternoon Brief, October 12

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How Winemakers Craft Clean Natural Wines: Why are some natural wines marked by volatile acidity, Brett, and mousiness, while others aren't? Alex Russan investigates...

Afternoon Brief, October 7

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Wine Country Starts Picking Up the Pieces: Winery and vineyard owners have been through hell this year. How will they recover?...

Afternoon Brief, October 2

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Smoke Exposure: ‘Get Out of Jail Free Card’ for Winegrape Buyers: Another year of catastrophic wildfires in California is once again raising concern about smoke exposure in winegrapes. President and CEO of Allied Grape Growers, Jeff Bitter said most vineyards are being harvested without analysis of smoke impact...

Wine Consumer Trends in the COVID-19 Era

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Wine enjoying mini-boom in the Covid-19 era, but dark economic clouds on horizon  Wine drinkers across key consumption markets have been turning more often to...

Afternoon Brief, October 1

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Grape and Bulk Market Activity Increases as Wineries Seek Ways to Supplement a Smaller, Smoke Plagued Vintage: The Lightning Complex, or LMU fire, came earlier this year than Sonoma and Napa had experienced in recent years, so many of the vineyards had hanging fruit. A few whites had been harvested and early ripening Pinot Noir but those harvests were in the minority...

Afternoon Brief, September 30

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Vineyards Help Protect Wine Country During Glass Fire: Napa County has been hit hard by wildfires but experts say the damage could have been worse. Wine country’s most precious crop may have prevented the fire from spreading...

Afternoon Brief, September 24

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California Regulators Identify Violations After Rodney Strong Wine Spill, but No Fine Yet: One of the largest wine spills in Sonoma County history this year violated federal and state clean water laws, according to California officials, who are still deciding whether an accident at a Healdsburg winery that emptied a 100,000-gallon tank and polluted the Russian River with red wine will result in any fines...

Afternoon Brief, September 23

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Crisis in Wine Country: 2020 is shaping up to be the worst year for American wineries since Prohibition...

Afternoon Brief, September 16

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California Farmworkers Say They Didn’t Get Masks During Wildfires: Availability of N95 masks for farmworkers looked as hazy as the orange sky in California this week...

Afternoon Brief, September 15

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Almeda Fire Destroys Southern Oregon Winery: A massive column of smoke over Ashland grabbed Brian Denner’s attention as he stood in front of his winery in Talent, Oregon. Four hours later, Simple Machine Winery and a decade of Denner’s hard work were reduced to a crumpled pile of corrugated metal and embers...

Afternoon Brief, September 4

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ABC Agents Will Be Out Labor Day Weekend: The California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) today announced it will have agents out working to keep the public safe through enforcement of alcoholic beverage laws on Labor Day weekend...

Afternoon Brief, September 1

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NJ’s Largest Wine and Spirits Wholesalers to Pay $4M Each for Unfair Trade Scheme: New Jersey’s two largest wine and spirits wholesalers must pay $4 million each – the largest in Alcoholic Beverage Control history – to resolve findings that they unfairly favored their largest retail customers, Attorney General Gurbir Grewal announced Tuesday...