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Afternoon Brief, July 19

Afternoon Brief, July 19

Fukushima’s Nuclear Signature Found in California Wine
The Japanese nuclear disaster bathed north America in a radioactive cloud. Now pharmacologists have found the telltale signature in California wine made at the time…

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Afternoon Brief, July 18

Afternoon Brief, July 18

Napa County Handling of Williamson Act Agricultural Land Contracts Draws Grand Jury Scrutiny
Napa County’s grand jury says a decades-old program giving property tax breaks to agriculture land owners suffers from a lax of oversight and puts the county in the role of “subsidizing a lifestyle.”

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Afternoon Brief, July 17

Afternoon Brief, July 17

Napa’s Duckhorn Wine Company announced this morning that it is purchasing Sonoma Pinot Noir powerhouse Kosta Browne Winery. Duckhorn will replace Kosta Browne’s current stakeholders, the investment fund J.W. Childs, as the sole owner. The deal includes Kosta Browne’s winery and tasting room in Sebastopol, as well as 80 acres of owned vineyards and leases on 90 additional acres, as well as all inventory…

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Afternoon Brief, July 16

Afternoon Brief, July 16

French ministers’ plans to require bigger health warnings on bottles of wine have provoked a furious response from leading chateaux, which say the move would damage ‘the soul of France’ and turn wine into a ‘criminal product’…

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Afternoon Brief, July 13

Afternoon Brief, July 13

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: The World’s Most Wanted Wines It’s the usual suspects for our most searched-for wines, but there’s a surprise among the most-improved rankings… Today’s News: Amorim to Eradicate TCA by 2020 “We will have a non-detectible TCA guarantee for everything, it’s in our company strategy for 2020; we […]

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Afternoon Brief, July 12

Afternoon Brief, July 12

Napa County Superior Court will consider whether Bremer Family Winery is a recalcitrant, rule-breaking rogue winery or the victim of a bad rap…

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Afternoon Brief, July 11

Afternoon Brief, July 11

Hybrid grapes don’t get much love. France bans them in classified wines, except for Baco Noir in Armagnac distillation. Austria permits their use in the making and selling Uhudler wines in Sudburgenland but affords them the lowest labeling standard – Wein (formerly Tafelwein). In the United States, despite all the cold winters these grapes hardily endure, they dont always receive the warmest welcome among wine buyers…

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Afternoon Brief, July 10

Afternoon Brief, July 10

Does Napa Valley have too much Cabernet? The question informed most of last month’s Vineyard Economics Symposium…

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Afternoon Brief, July 9

Afternoon Brief, July 9

Millions of Bottles of Spanish Rosé Sold as French: French authorities have uncovered millions of bottles of rosé imported in bulk from Spain being passed off as French, with at least one producer facing prison and fines of up to 300,000…

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Afternoon Brief, July 6

Afternoon Brief, July 6

Relief as Napa Fire Risk Recedes: Napa Valley can breathe easier this weekend. The huge fire raging just outside the valley appears to be coming under containment, with no damage to wineries or vineyards…

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Afternoon Brief, July 5

Afternoon Brief, July 5

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: Canada’s Wine Sector to Benefit from Over $9M in Investment The Canadian Grapevine Certification Network will receive investment of CAD 12.1 million ($9.2 million) to fund research and developments in its production sector… Today’s News: Central Coast Packaging and Design Competition Unveils Winners The Central Coast Packaging […]

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Afternoon Brief, July 3

Afternoon Brief, July 3

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: Fire Risk for Napa County Vineyards A huge wildfire has crossed over into Napa County, less than a year after the region was devastated by one of the worst fire outbreaks in northern California history… Today’s News: Man of Steele: 50 Harvests and Counting There aren’t many […]

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Afternoon Brief, July 2nd

Afternoon Brief, July 2nd

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: Chinese Estates in Bordeaux Seized in Fraud Investigation French fraud investigators have confiscated 10 estates in Bordeaux belonging to the Chinese Haichang Group over alleged financial irregularities involved in their original purchase… Today’s News: 1 Dead, 70 Others Fall Sick in Zimbabwe from ‘Tainted Red Wine’ It’s […]

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Afternoon Brief, June 29

Afternoon Brief, June 29

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: French Police Seize 10 Chinese-Owned Vineyards in Bordeaux French financial police have seized 10 wineries in the Bordeaux area which are owned by Chinese conglomerate Haichang over suspicions of tax fraud… Today’s News: Amazon Expands Wine Delivery Service Working in tandem with its newly acquired brick-and-mortar Whole […]

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Afternoon Brief, June 28

Afternoon Brief, June 28

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: Bo Barrett: Vultures Have Circled but Château Montelena Is Not for Sale Ten years after his father famously almost sold Napa Valley’s Château Montelena to Michel Reybier of Bordeaux, co-owner Bo Barrett says the winery made famous by the Paris Tasting of 1976 is not for sale… […]

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