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Liberation Distribution (LibDib) Launches the First Web-Based Three-Tier Alcohol Distribution Platform

NEWS RELEASE March 22, 2017   New distributor uses technology to open alcohol distribution to any winery, brewery…

Wine Grape Industry Pioneer, Rich Smith, to be Honored as 2017 Distinguished California Agriculturalist

NEWS RELEASE Woodbridge, CA:  The late Richard R. Smith will be honored at the Outlook 2017 Agribusiness Conference…

No Surprises in Final 2016 California Crush Report: Just over 4 million Tons of Wine Grapes

California Grape Crush Final Report 2016 (Full Document: PDF) NEWS RELEASE   United States Department of Agriculture National…

San Joaquin Valley Wine Pioneer Angelo Papagni, 95, Passes Away

NEWS RELEASE March 3, 2017 1st Recipient of San Joaquin Valley Winegrowers’ Lifetime Achievement Award, Angelo Papagni, passes at…

Macedonian Thrace Brewery files €100 million-plus lawsuit against Heineken and Greek operating company Athenian Brewery

Amsterdam, Friday 24th February 2017: Macedonian Thrace Brewery (MTB), a leading independent brewery in Greece, has filed a…

Wilson Artisan Wineries Acquires Anderson Valley’s Greenwood Ridge Vineyards

March 31, 2016 – Geyserville, CA–Wilson Artisan Wineries announced it has purchased Greenwood Ridge Winery in Anderson Valley’s…

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PRESS RELEASE: Cavallo Ventures, Inc. Growth With Strategic Investment In AgCode

Wilbur-Ellis Venture Capital Arm Makes Third Investment   SAN FRANCISCO “ February 9, 2017 “ Cavallo Ventures, Inc.,

February 17th, 2017

PRESS RELEASE: Palmateer Wine Group Acquires Northern California Wine Brokerage Company

SAN RAFAEL, California (February 7, 2017) ” Palmateer Wine Group of San Rafael, CA is pleased to announce

February 8th, 2017

Treasury Wine Estates Selects Mark Anthony Wine & Spirits as its exclusive Importer and Distributor in Canada

12 January 2017 MEDIA RELEASE:  Treasury Wine Estates Ltd (TWE) today announced that it will appoint market leader,

January 13th, 2017

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


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


Trump WOTUS Rule Rollback: Temporary relief, but no solution for growers, ag & private property owners

Despite optimism and a spate of giddy articles declaring an end to federal over-reach on Waters Of The United States (WOTUS) issues, President Donald Trump’s rollback of the Clean Water Rule offers temporary relief, but no permanent solution. This is because the President’s action rolls…

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Wine premiumization may not be all it’s cracked up to be

Wine premiumization may not be all it’s cracked up to be The full article and analysis is available to premium Wine Executive News Subscribers at this link. Among the data analysis details in the premium piece: Lower price tiers still dominate. Middle tier still trumps…

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[UPDATE 3/13/17] COLAs Back Online After System Backup Killed TTB Computers

UPDATE: TTB COLA search fully functional when Wine Industry Insight accessed the system at 5:33 a.m. (PST) Monday, March 13. The TTB system outage this week that thwarted access to permits Online and to Certificates of Label Approval is the result of a backup gone…

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Charles Banks Wire Fraud Trial: New Date Set For May 30

Jury selection in the Charles Banks wire fraud trial has been set for May 30 according to court documents filed with the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas (San Antonio). The court previously rejected Banks’s request for a venue change and delayed…

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It took a NASA satellite to get a real grip on this year’s massive California snowpack

Source: NASA & CA Dept of Water and Power via LA Times…

Canned wine dollar sales growth grew by 125.2% last year. What will 2017 bring?

Canned wine dollar sales growth grew by 125.2% last year. What will 2017 bring? Source:…

Is wine healthy? How about beer, sushi or granola? Look how Americans & nutritionists disagree

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Calif ag worker wages & benefits climb but farms find few takers.

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