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Rain Offers Minuscule Improvement In Calif Drought.

Recent rains in California have had little effect on the Extreme Drought other than a tiny improvement over…

Coldani Olive Ranch Acquires Lodi Olive Oil Company

NEWS RELEASE August 21, 2014 LODI, CA, August 19, 2014 – Coldani Olive Ranch, an olive oil company…

Vino-Anxiety, Stress and Social Pressure Sabotage Wine Choice

This is the next-to-last article in a series about the difficulties faced by retail wine buyers and the…

Rating The Rating Systems – The One Place Where Words Can Actually Work

How you ask a question can determine the answer you get. The concept lies at the heart of…

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Vineyards = Ugly Environmental Disasters Says L.A. County

NOTE: The author of this article, Lewis Perdue, is familiar with both Los Angeles and politics in general. He served on the faculty at UCLA in the 1980s. He has served as a top aide to a U.S. Senator and a state governor. Most of…

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L.A. Vineyards: Spat, Snit, Snot

This is the second in a three-article series: Why Does Los Angeles Hate Grapevines? OPINION: L.A. Grape Spat: Credibility Crisis and Elitism L.A. County Lists Staggering Number of Uses Permitted in Santa Monica Mountains SNIT This controversy has all the hallmarks of a governmental snit.…

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Gallo Gets Taste Of Its Own (TM) Medicine

E. & J. Gallo Winery has become notorious for filing (or threaten to file ) trademark lawsuits in some of the most ludicrous cases: Nail Polish, shoes, salt and pepper shakers (Some external links in this old WII piece are no longer maintained by the…

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Hill Wine Co Bankruptcy Now In Chapt 7 Liquidation

IMPORTANT NOTE: Hill Family Estate as well as William Hill Estate Winery, are not affiliated with, nor owned by the same families as The Hill Wine Company in this and previous bankruptcy articles. Click image to enlarge.…

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Rain Offers Minuscule Improvement In Calif Drought.

Recent rains in California have had little effect on the Extreme Drought other than a…

Millennials Trust User-Generated Content 50% More Than Other Media

Source: Ipsos Millennial Social Influence Study via Mashable…

99% of organic social posts create almost no engagement (But hang on, there’s an upside)

Source:  Social Flow via VentureBeat From: VentureBeat — ‘Businesses should not jump to the conclusion…

Taste Profiling – Organoleptic Breakdown

A PERSONAL NOTE: My apologies in advance to a number of good friends and colleagues…

Prices, Ratings Bias Consumer Enjoyment & Willingness To Pay

Source: Journal of Wine Economics Volume 9, Number 2, 2014, Pages 115–134 doi:10.1017/jwe.2014.9 “The key…

Mobile users click on browser ads more than those in-app

Source: Adobe via eMarketer full article and analysis here…

If Consumers “Get” Your Brand, They Spend A Lot More With You

Food And Beverage Have Low Alignment Alignment Doubles Composite Share of  Wallet Alignment Shows Even…

Should publishers really think ‘mobile-first’? (Depends)

Source: Chartbeat via DigiDay (Click for entire article)…

Millennials Prefer Snapchat To Twitter

  Source: comScore via Statistica…

Bev Alcohol Mkt: Supplier Revenues, Market Shares

Source: Distilled Spirits Council of the United States, Annual Industry Review 2013…

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NEWS FETCH – August 22, 2014

TOP NEWS Vineyards = Ugly Environmental Disasters Says L.A. County Wine imports to China continue…

L.A. County Lists Staggering Number of Uses Permitted in Santa Monica Mountains

This is a sidebar in a three-article series: Why Does Los Angeles Hate Grapevines? OPINION:…

NEWS FETCH – August 21, 2014

TOP NEWS Treasury Wine plunges into red amid takeover battle A Breather in California’s High-Speed…

How Big Is A Dog?

In most of the classes I have taught at Cornell or UCLA, I’ve illustrated the…

NEWS FETCH – August 20, 2014

TOP NEWS Calif allocated 5X more surface water than the state has Women Drink More…

NEWS FETCH – August 19, 2014

TOP NEWS Climate change may mean China could be top wine producer by 2050 Restaurant…

NEWS FETCH – August 18, 2014

TOP NEWS Water agencies: Delta farmers may be stealing water L.A.County Wants To Ban New…

NEWS FETCH – August 15, 2014

TOP NEWS Treasury Wine a three-horse race, with Carlyle Group Bid Millennials’ increased spending on…

NEWS FETCH – August 14, 2014

TOP NEWS Industry ‘needs’ Treasury Wine takeover Cal Water bond headed to voters Sonoma County…

NEWS FETCH – August 13, 2014

TOP NEWS 2014 Calif Grape Market ‘Slower Than Slow,’ Crop Size Estimates Vary All could…

NEWS FETCH – August 12, 2014

TOP NEWS Calif lawmakers float $7.2 billion water bond Wolf Blass urges Treasury to ditch…