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Alejandro Bulgheroni Estate buys former Harlan winery

NEWS RELEASE Projected Opening and First Releases Set for February 2017 Portfolio to Feature Napa Cabernet Sauvignon Wines…

Is it crazy to think you can get good wine by spending only $60 for an entire case?

I am a discovery junkie. I crave  novelty in a lot of things: from which trail I take…

Duckhorn Finally Confesses It Lied About Sale Denials: Bought by TSG Consumer Partners

EDITOR’S NOTE: Duckorn previously denied it was on the block (Amid no word at all from Constellation or…

Clean Water Act: A Bare-Bones Primer

Federal regulations and numerous federal court cases have established that practices which are legal and do not require…

Splinter Group Spirits partners with Vintage Wine Estates

NEWS RELEASE Winemakers Steve Matthiasson and Bob Cabral step into the role of whiskey-making winemakers Napa, CA. August…

O’Neill Vintners & Distillers Acquires Robert Hall Winery

Larkspur, California (August 2, 2016) – O’Neill Vintners & Distillers, the seventh-largest wine producer in California by volume,…

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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

Christine Thomson Promoted to Wine Club and Tasting Room Manager at VML Russian River Winery

NEWS RELEASE (HEALDSBURG, Calif.) – Phil Hurst, president and CEO of Sonoma County’s Truett-Hurst Inc., announced this week

September 21st, 2016

Astra Digital Marketing Services Launches, Aims To Be #1 For Wine DTC Channels

NEWS RELEASE Napa, CA “ September, 20, 2016 “ Astra Digital Marketing Services, a digital marketing agency dedicated

September 21st, 2016

Levensohn Vineyards Says It’s First in World to Implement Copy-Proof Anti-Counterfeiting Label Technology

NEWS RELEASE Saint Helena, CA, September 14, 2016. Levensohn Vineyards, producers of a premium Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

September 15th, 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


Breakthru Beverage & Empire Merchants get nasty double whammy with fraud lawsuit & Trump casino bankruptcy clawback

New York’s largest distributor Empire Merchants and its co-owner Breakthru Beverage Group, have been hit with double whammies that include internecine fraud charges and an unanticipated problem resulting from the Trump Casino bankruptcies. Empire is the largest distributor in NY, doing about $1.9 billion in…

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These 5 things might have prevented this NBA star from losing $20 million investing with Charles Banks

When now-retired NBA superstar Tim Duncan met investment and winery financier superstar Charles Augustus Banks IV back in 1997, neither man anticipated that their relationship would wind up in a series of lawsuits, legal actions, a federal indictment and litigation by the Securities and exchange…

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Feds indict former Screaming Eagle owner Charles Banks, allege wire fraud.

News article: Adviser accused of bilking Tim Duncan indicted Government documents Banks DOJ Indictment (for premium subscribers) Banks SEC Complaint (for premium subscribers)  …

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U.S. Wine Retailers & Drinkers to Feel Little Holiday Pain from Hanjin Bankruptcy

In contrast to the abject fears of cell phone, toy and computer retailers, drinkers of imported wine and their favorite stores are unlikely to feel any noticeable holiday pain from the insolvency of South Korean-based Hanjin shipping lines. What’s more, the bankruptcy is also likely…

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Mobile apps are choking your ability to scale site visits.

Source: Comscore 2016 U.S. Mobile App Report…

Expect wine, beer & food to get more expensive: Calif farmers dig more wells, deeper than ever as regulators throttle back ag water.

Source: California Department of Water Resources via Sacramento Bee…

Mobile marketing rules as internet users say goodbye to the desktop led by the 18-44 demographic

Source: Comscore 2016 U.S. Mobile App Report…

Regardless of what the TTB says is okay, consumers will avoid your bottle if you add the wrong things

Source: Nielsen…

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