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Afternoon Brief, March 21

Constellation’s Mondavi Improperly Obtained, Deceptively Use Famed “To Kalon” Designation: Perhaps the most prized vineyard designation in American winemaking is Napa Valleys To Kalon (Greek for the highest beauty), created by pioneering winemaker H.W. Crabb in the late 19th century ...

Afternoon Brief, February 25

Napa Auction Snatches Victory from Defeat: Napa Valley was set up for a huge failure at Premiere Napa Valley on Saturday. Everything seemed against the nation's top wine region at its annual trade auction of special one-time-only wines ...

Afternoon Brief, February 15

Italian Authorities Uncover Counterfeit Tignanello Wine Scheme: Italian authorities have arrested three suspects in a scheme to sell at least 11,000 counterfeit bottles of the legendary super Tuscan wine Antinori Toscana Tignanello in Italy, Germany and Belgium ...

Afternoon Brief, January 10

Important Crush Report May Be Impacted by Government Shutdown: The ongoing federal government shutdown, which began Dec. 22, may soon affect a key program of great importance to winegrape growers. Thursday, Jan. 10 is the deadline for wineries to submit grape purchase data from the 2018 harvest to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service Pacific Region office...

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 3

What Do Winemakers Worry About? In Napa It's Not Wildfires: During a recent visit to Napa Valley I quizzed winemakers on the thing that they worry most about with regard to winemaking -- it's worth noting not a single person said wildfires...

Afternoon Brief, August 21

California Gold Goes Global: According to Liv-ex, the wider world is waking up to California ...

Afternoon Brief, March 15

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: Robust Sales for Premium, Small-Production Wines While sales of domestic wines were flat in February at $2.8 billion,...

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...

Afternoon Brief, December 22

2 Key Wine Themes for 2018: Indigenous Grapes and Women in Wine Earlier this week I wrote about five topics that were highlights of the year in wine. These included forward-thinking initiatives and gatherings; definitive books; the persistent popularity of indigenous grapes; California wildfire recovery efforts; and the increasing recognition of women in wine...

Afternoon Brief: November 17

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: Duckhorn Merlot Napa Valley Three Palms Vineyard 2014 Named Wine Spectator’s #1 Wine of the Year Wine Spectator,...

Afternoon Brief, September 11

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: Torrid Temperatures Shrivel California Wine Grapes to Raisins Humans weren't the only ones caught off guard and uncomfortable...

Afternoon Brief, July 20

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: How an Important Central Coast Vineyard Fought Off the Alamo Fire Two of the current wildfire season's biggest...

Afternoon Brief, October 21

Napa Winery Tied to Dahl Murder-Suicide Tragedy Seeks Rebirth: A winery property is being reborn after hitting a tragic snag when former tenant Robert Dahl was involved in a 2015 murder-suicide case that drew nationwide attention...

Afternoon Brief, September 28

Winery Mergers and Acquisitions Expected to Continue on California’s North Coast: The North Coast wine industry will continue to experience mergers and acquisitions over the next few years as major wine companies seek to expand their presence in the premium American wine market, two top executives said Tuesday...