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TTB Establishes 11 New Viticultural Areas Within the Paso Robles Viticultural Area

TTB Establishes 11 New Viticultural Areas Within the Paso Robles Viticultural Area

Washington, D.C. — On Thursday, October 9, 2014, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) will publish a final rule in Federal Register establishing 11 new American viticultural areas within the existing Paso Robles viticultural area in San Luis Obispo County, California. The 11 new viticultural areas are: Adelaida District, Creston District, El […]

Afternoon Brief, October 6

Afternoon Brief, October 6

Ancient Grape ‘Solution’ to Climate Change:
Wine cooperative Plaimont may have found a solution to a demand for less alcoholic reds from hot wine regions – an ancient grape currently known as Pedebernade 5…

Afternoon Brief, September 29

Afternoon Brief, September 29

Wineries See Challenges and Opportunities in Expanding Market for Beer, Cider, and Distilled Spirits: A recent article in the business section of the Santa Rosa Press Democrat has depicted the California wine industry wringing its hands over the defection of millennial drinkers into the alluring fields of craft beer, hard cider and fancy cocktails…

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Afternoon Brief, September 15

Afternoon Brief, September 15

New technology tested as first wine grapes arrive:
A new grape sorting system with the brains of a computer is giving Columbia Crest red winemaker Laura Sorge more control over the grapes that make it into this year’s vintage…

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Afternoon Brief, August 26

Afternoon Brief, August 26

Most wineries not insured for quake losses:
Napa and Sonoma winemakers on Monday assessed the toll of the American Canyon earthquake, which could saddle wineries with costly losses because most are not insured for quake damage…

Afternoon Brief, August 22

Afternoon Brief, August 22

Napa Valley May Cut Back on New Wineries:
With more than 500 wineries in Napa Valley, some leaders are asking if it’s time to consider a moratorium on new ones…

Afternoon Brief, August 7

Afternoon Brief, August 7

Wine Counterfeiter Rudy Kurniawan Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison:
Rudy Kurniawan, the first person to be tried and convicted in a U.S. federal court for counterfeiting wine, was sentenced today to 10 years in prison…

TTB Proposes Expansion of the Sta. Rita Hills Viticultural Area

TTB Proposes Expansion of the Sta. Rita Hills Viticultural Area

In Notice No. 145, a notice of proposed rulemaking published in the Federal Register on August 7, 2014, TTB proposes to expand the existing 33,380-acre “Sta. Rita Hills” American viticultural area in Santa Barbara County, California, by approximately 2,296 acres. The existing Sta. Rita Hills viticultural area and the proposed expansion area are located within […]

Afternoon Brief, July 31

Afternoon Brief, July 31

Drought fails to dampen California spirits for 2014 harvest:
Many winemakers in California believe the state’s drought will not drastically affect this year’s harvest, which they say is running two weeks early and is expected to yield a healthy crop…

TTB Establishes the Manton Valley Viticultural Area

TTB Establishes the Manton Valley Viticultural Area

Washington, D.C. — On Friday, August 1, 2014, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) will publish a final rule in Federal Register establishing the approximately 11,178-acre “Manton Valley” American viticultural area in portions of Shasta and Tehama Counties in northern California. The Manton Valley viticultural area does not contain or overlap any […]

Proposed Establishment of the “Fountaingrove District” Viticultural Area

Proposed Establishment of the “Fountaingrove District” Viticultural Area

Washington, D.C. — The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau will publish a notice of proposed rulemaking in the Federal Register on Monday, June 30, 2014, proposing to establish the approximately 38,000-acre “Fountaingrove District” American viticultural area in Sonoma County, California. The proposed viticultural area lies entirely within the existing multicounty North Coast viticultural […]

Afternoon Brief, June 20

Afternoon Brief, June 20

California’s drought getting even worse, experts say:
California’s drought conditions have worsened over the past week with the percentage of the state suffering from the highest category increasing, the National Weather Service said Thursday…

Afternoon Brief, June 16

Afternoon Brief, June 16

California vineyard erosion rules effort restarts:
As state water-quality regulators prepare to try again this fall with a framework designed to control erosion into the Napa River and Sonoma Creek watersheds, winegrape growers in those areas are getting new tools to help prepare for the as-yet-undefined rules…

Afternoon Brief, May 12

Afternoon Brief, May 12

Fire damages Oregon’s Carlton winery but does not hurt wine:
A 2-alarm fire at Scott Paul Wines in Carlton Sunday night, May 12, 2014, caused an estimated $300,000 to $400,000 damage to the building but did not hurt any of the wine…

Afternoon Brief, March 21

Afternoon Brief, March 21

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief Trending Story: Ex-Microsoft Strategist Nathan Myhrvold Offers Wine Tips to Shock Snobs Nathan Myhrvold — the former chief strategist and chief technology officer at Microsoft Corp. — has a tip to make a glass of red wine taste better. Today’s News Human Nose Can Detect 1 Trillion Smells A study, published in the […]