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Afternoon Brief, Nov. 12

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Paso Robles Wine Country Named Wine Region of the Year by Wine Enthusiast Magazine
Wine Enthusiast Magazine announced today that the Paso Robles American Viticultural Area (AVA) has received the honor of being named the 2013 Wine Region of the Year in the magazine’s annual Wine Star Awards. Paso Robles Wine Country, located along Californias famed Central Coast, is midway between Los Angeles and San Francisco with over 200 wineries and 32,000 vineyard acres…

Today’s News

West Coast Wineries Are Up for Sale—Quietly
With buyers snapping up leading California wineries Qupé, Araujo, Clos Pegase and Mayacamas in recent months, and other players investing in Oregon and Washington, it may seem like the market for wineries is suddenly hot again on the West Coast…

Attack of the Wine Drones
Drones can already spy on public parks, and rain death from above. Now, they can help wine growers get their grapes uniformly ripe. DRNK Wines in western Sonoma County is using drones to map sections of its pinot noir vineyard that ripen earlier than others…

Congress has about 50/50 chance of passing farm bill in 2013
The chances of the U.S. Congress passing a five-year farm bill by year’s end are a little better than 50/50 given the gridlock over food stamps for the poor, a top farm policy expert said on Monday…

Virgin Wines sale: UK market still key, says Direct Wines chief

Wine grape price drop on cards: High Aussie dollar, oversupply tipped to hit 2014 season

Wine investors in China warned of bubble bursting

Asian wine drinkers offer hope for the world’s vintners

Pernod Revamps Leadership At U.S. Wine Division

North American buyers bouncing back at auction

The World’s Most Powerful Fine Wine Brands

Mariani family named 2014 recipient of Cornell Icon of the Industry Award

People

Scheid to lead California Winegrape Growers

Audebert: single vineyard wines are like painting in monochrome

Jerry Goldner Appointed Senior Vice President/General Manager Eastern Region & Canada for Saxco Int.

Tom Gallo, Leader in Wine Label Printing, Named a Cal Poly Honored Alumnus

Sam Neil: don’t call me a celebrity winemaker

American Wine Society awarding Dick Naylor its Award of Merit

DIAM Names François Margot USA Export Manager

Zelma Long’s Journey from Winemaker to Winegrower

Kermit Lynch’s Journey of Wine Discovery

Awards for new MWS announced

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