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Afternoon Brief, March 9

Afternoon Brief, March 9

A Veteran Winemaker Throws Out the Wine-Selling Playbook
Adam Lee wants to shake things up. “Selling wine isn’t what I like to do,” Lee says. He’s good at it, of course. Lee is a darling of wine writers and consumers because he is outspoken, generous with his time and thoughts, and because, well, he makes darn good wine…

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Afternoon Brief, March 8

Afternoon Brief, March 8

Wine Institute and Compli Launch New DTC Compliance Website
Wine Institute and Compli have collaborated to create a new and improved direct-to-consumer website, State Shipping Laws for Wineries, that offers the California wine industry a comprehensive resource on all state shipping compliance rules consolidated into a single place…

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Afternoon Brief, March 7

Afternoon Brief, March 7

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: Regulators Investigate Napa, Sonoma Wineries and Distributors for Illegal Trade Practices Federal and state agents visited more than 30 wine-related businesses in Napa and Sonoma counties last week as part of a probe into consignment sales, in which a winery or wholesaler buys back bottles that don’t […]

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Afternoon Brief, March 6

Afternoon Brief, March 6

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: Does Napa Need to Choose Between Grapevines and Oak Trees? Napa Valley is known for both its gorgeous acres of vineyards and its rugged, oak-covered hillsides. But do residents need to choose between vines and trees?… Today’s News: Damaged Wines to Hit the Market It always pays […]

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Afternoon Brief, March 5

Afternoon Brief, March 5

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: Two ‘Second Acts’ in the Napa Valley Wine Industry: The Araujo and Krupp Families Napa Valley has changed. Just ask the Araujos and the Krupps. The two families, whose names are today fixtures in the world of Napa wine, are starting over… Today’s News: Shaping a New, […]

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Afternoon Brief, March 2

Afternoon Brief, March 2

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: Discovery Shows Wine Grapes Gasping for Breath University of Adelaide researchers have discovered how grapes “breathe,” and report that shortage of oxygen leads to cell death in the grape… Today’s News: Global Decline in Per Capita Alcohol Consumption as Change Sweeps Wine World Disruption is the new […]

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Afternoon Brief, March 1

Afternoon Brief, March 1

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: Washington State Reports Lighter Wine Grape Harvest, Excellent Quality in 2017 Washington State’s wine grape harvest totaled 227,000 tons in 2017, which equated to a 16-percent decrease compared to the record-breaking 2016 harvest of 270,000 tons… Today’s News: Precision Agriculture – An Essential Tool for Effective Management […]

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Afternoon Brief, February 28

Afternoon Brief, February 28

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: Napa Expert Grim About the State and Direction of the Valley: ‘I Don’t See Any Hope’ Few people have spent more time thinking and writing about the Napa Valley than author James Conaway. Now, on the eve of the publication of this third book about the region, […]

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Afternoon Brief, February 27

Afternoon Brief, February 27

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: Paradise Ridge Winery Faces Rebuild Challenges After Santa Rosa Fire If plans work out, visitors could start returning to Paradise Ridge Winery’s vineyard and sculpture garden in north Santa Rosa in coming months, but it likely will take longer than that for the return of the tasting […]

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Afternoon Brief, February 26

Afternoon Brief, February 26

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: Spirits and Bids High at 22nd Annual Premiere Napa Valley Wine professionals attending today’s sold-out Premiere Napa Valley raised their paddles high, bringing in more than $4.1 million to support the Napa Valley Vintners’ mission to promote, protect and enhance the Napa Valley… Today’s News: Why Wineries […]

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Afternoon Brief, February 23

Afternoon Brief, February 23

Is Napa Running Out of Land for Vineyards?
When Xavier Cervantes was scouting properties in Napa, he looked in all the usual hallowed ground for vineyards: Oakville, Rutherford, Pritchard Hill…

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Afternoon Brief, February 22

Afternoon Brief, February 22

Stay or Go?: Dilemma of Winery Founders in Mergers and Acquisitions
Whether a founder or owner of a wine brand stays on after an acquisition can depend on what has been sold…

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Afternoon Brief, February 21

Afternoon Brief, February 21

Sonoma County Grape Growers Battle Frost After Early Bud Break
Below-freezing temperatures that can damage Sonoma County’s $575 million grape crop before it even develops are prompting some growers to launch an unusually early campaign to protect their vineyards from frost…

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Afternoon Brief, February 20

Afternoon Brief, February 20

Dan Berger: Red Wines Lean Heavily on Oak for Top-Scoring Flavors
Quiz question: What grape delivers wine aromas described as vanilla bean, cedar, smoke, bacon, chocolate, pipe tobacco, mocha and toast?

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Afternoon Brief, February 19

Afternoon Brief, February 19

Balance Trumps Terroir for Winemakers
The industry says drinkers want fresher, more balanced wines, but that could kill off some venerable styles…

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