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Venge Vineyards Acquires Robert Rue Vineyard and Winery in the Russian River Valley

Venge Vineyards of Calistoga has acquired the Robert Rue Vineyard and Winery in Sonoma County’s Russian River Valley…

Enolytics Publishes Landmark Wine Consumer Research Report Powered by Hello Vino Mobile Data Set

Industry-First Study Provides Behavioral Insights from Analysis of Two Million Wine Consumer Data Records Atlanta, GA, April 12,…

Laffort USA Announces Spring ‘Rendezvous’ Seminar Series

Presenting the latest Laffort research and development   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 5, 2016   St. Helena, CA:…

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…

Orville Tyler Magoon, the Passing of a Giant

On March 19 in Santa Barbara, after a cruise to Hawaii, his beloved birthplace, Orville Tyler Magoon passed…

The junk glyphosate “study” that plays into Monsanto’s hands

Last week this “study” was promoted in a news release that got picked up by a number of…

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WWS will hold Winemaking Roundtable meeting Feb. 24th at Domaine Carneros

NEWS RELEASE The Napa | Sonoma chapter of Women for WineSenseís (WWS) Winemakers’ & Viticultural Roundtable will host

February 23rd, 2016


2015 US Distilled Spirits Up 4.1% Boosted By Millennials, Craft & More

NEWS RELEASE Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016   Distilled Spirits Deliver Steady Sales Growth of 4.1 Percent in 2015

February 2nd, 2016


Prize Winners Announced for Vintage Nurseries Growers Survey

This article presented by our sponsor, Vintage Nurseries Supporting its ongoing “Growers First” initiative, Vintage Nurseries recently invited

January 20th, 2016


Bronco Wine Company Earns Gold From Zero Waste Business Council

NEWS RELEASE Ceres, Calif. (Jan. 13, 2016) ” Bronco Wine Company, one of the largest wineries and the

January 13th, 2016


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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


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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


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Calif ABC Handed Its Head In A Bag By Appeals Board Which Rips Agency and Rejects Its Winery-Bottlerock Tied-House Cases

Note: This is the main story in a total of four on this case. The other three are linked from this article. Appeals Board quotes are in red The California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control has been handed its regulatory head in a bag by…

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Appeals Board Opinion Tears Into ABC and ALJ on Tied-House Rules, Schools Them on The Differences Between Evidence and Speculation

The following excerpts (in red) from the Appeals Board’s opinions exemplify its sharp criticism of the ABC and the ALJs in the 2013 Bottlerock tied-house cases. These excerpts are a sample, but not a complete compendium of all the Board’s extensive negative comments. Appeals Board…

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What is “tied-house” and why is it a thing?

Direct excepts from the Appeals Board’s opinions Appeals Board quotes are in red. Footnotes and citations have been omitted and extra paragraph breaks added for readability. At the heart of the tied-house issues in this case are: California Business and Professions Code section 25500, subdivision…

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Finra’s Hambrecht Action No Surprise to Wine Industry Insight readers

The Finra action should come as no big surprise to readers of Wine Industry Insight. Here is a sampling of our original coverage: Hambrecht Debt and Legal Woes Keep Mounting Hambrecht Sells Floodgate Vineyard To Pay Obligations Truett-Hurst Sues Hambrecht Over Winery Eviction Effort Hambrecht…

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Pliny The Younger Triple IPA release made $4.88 million impact on Sonoma County this year

Source: Sonoma County Economic Development Board (EDB) In February 2016, the Economic Development Board (EDB)…

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