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Landmark Capital provides $37.5 MM to Re-Finance Sebastapol properties including The Barlow Wine/Spirit/Craft Beer venue

The following is a vague, badly written, endlessly self-congratulatory news release posted on PR Newswire today. There is…

Why license appraisers? Who needs ’em? Who regulates ’em?

State licensing of real estate appraisers began in the 1980s as an effort to prevent recurrences of valuation…

Charles Banks’ wire fraud trial date set by federal court. Napa paper plays old story as sensational news.

The jury selection and trial for federal fraud charges brought against vintner/financier Charles Banks IV are to begin…

Vintage Wine Estates buys Mitsuko’s Vineyard from Clos Pegase founder Jan Shrem

Vintage Wine Estates (VWE) has bought Mitsuko’s Vineyard from Clos Pegase founder Jan Shrem. A source close to…

Vintage Wine Estates purchases Napa Valley’s DELECTUS Winery

Santa Rosa, CA. Octo. 10, 2016. Vintage Wine Estates announced today the purchase of DELECTUS Winery, a producer…

Beware of advertising disguised as valid editorial content

Advertising disguised as valid editorial content is not only unethical but illegal according to Federal Trade Commission Guidelines.…

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Good Company Wines acquires Wine Tasting Network

Sonoma, CA. – November 15, 2016 – Good Company Wines, Inc., America’s leading full-stack wine company and parent

November 16th, 2016

Delicato Bota Box Hits 4 Million Cases

NEWS RELEASE Case number 4 million placed by Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits NAPA, Calif. (October 25, 2016)

October 25th, 2016

For Sale, 40 beautiful, secluded acres: Carmel Valley Estate Winery & Vineyard, $1.3 million

Chock Rock Winery, Vineyard and Residence (Click here for offering summary) All the square feet you need to

October 5th, 2016

Joseph Phelps Vineyards Announces Management Changes

NEWS RELEASE Robert Boyd Promoted to Senior Vice President of Joseph Phelps Vineyards   St. Helena, CA, September

September 21st, 2016


Online Usability

Why Your Email Contact Form Says “Go To Hell” To Your Web Site Visitors

No one really has time to fill out all your little boxes. Fill in the blanks. Screw that!

April 29th, 2015

What Message Is Your Old Blog/Site Sending?

The sale of eWinery Solutions was so NOT a surprise given the persistent coma of its website. Note

September 18th, 2014

Offending Ads – Pages That Twitch With Animations

The number-one complaint from News Fetch readers comes from animations. We’ve been banning those for new ads and

September 15th, 2014

How do you make a sponsored content link pay off?

Sponsored content links are those paid by sponsors and, on Wine Industry Insight, clearly marked as such. (Not

September 9th, 2014


Reporting & Promoting

13 ways Online Advertising Is Less Expensive, More Secure & Convenient for You On Wine Industry Insight

 Comparable Banner Price WBM: Charges separately for Web and email. That more than doubles ad prices WII: One...

December 29th, 2015

Why You Should Never Announce an Announcement

“Announce” is redundant. It is a bland boring word, kind of like cheap corn filler or  ground beef....

December 9th, 2014

Offending Ads – Pages That Twitch With Animations

The number-one complaint from News Fetch readers comes from animations. We’ve been banning those for new ads and...

September 15th, 2014

The News-less “News” Release

News releases don’t have to be nauseatingly arrogant to be worthless. All it takes is the ability to...

September 10th, 2014


Treasury Wine strikes back at Ste. Michelle, amps up rhetoric – hints at stag vs stag vs stag collusion

For two companies who have said they will agree to mediation, the combatants are still armed, dangerous and seem to be seeing just how many points each can score before the referees call time and ask everyone to behave.   In a statement accompanying its…

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Trefethen Family Vineyards sells Oak Knoll vineyard to Westchester – Includes fully permitted 30K-gal winery, visitor & events

Trefethen Family Vineyards has sold a 41.15-acre Oak Knoll District vineyard near the intersection of Big Ranch Rd. and  Oak Knoll Ave., north of Napa city to ag real estate investment company Westchester.   The sale included approved permits for a 30,000-gallon winery, tasting room,…

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Cameron Hughes Wine Co. being sold by court-ordered receiver

PLEASE NOTE: links to court documents are available to premium subscribers of Wine Executive News. The Clara Street Company, dba Cameron Hughes Wine (CHW) is quietly being offered for sale by its court-appointed receiver. CHW was placed in receivership by the Superior Court of San…

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Stag battle: Ste. Michelle asks court to dismiss Treasury Wine declarative relief request

CORRECTION: In a previous version of this article, Wine Industry Insight stated that Federal District Court Judge Richard Seeborg had combined the cases. That was incorrect. Judge Seeborg adjudged both cases as related but did not consolidate them, thus allowing the Treasury’s request for declaratory…

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The desktop is dying. Your marketing will too if you’re not going mobile

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Location-based mobile service usage is nearly ubiquitous in top wine and craft-beer states

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To sell more wine at bars, you will need to simplify decisions in a way that points to your brand.

Parsing the economics of Napa Valley Cabernet: 100 to 140 times grape cost to bottle price or you lose!

Source and more data: Mike Fisher: Napa Cabernet Sauvignon Wine Vs Grape Pricing…

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