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Brown-Forman says no way it’s for sale. Nope. Uh-uh.

Received: 3:09 p.m., May 24, 2017…

Wine industry meeting organizers: please steal this idea!

On Friday, I spent six+ hours actually enjoying a wine industry meeting — the Nomacorc|Vinventions meeting at the Carneros…

National Geographic Confused Over Trump Rollback of Clean Water Rule.

With its publication of “The Potential Big Impact of Trump’s Clean Water Rollback,” National Geographic has joined a…

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…

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Wonderful Nurseries Moves to 100% Root Socks for All Potted Vines!

This sponsored article presented by our sponsor, Wonderful Nurseries The Wonderful Nurseries “Growers First” philosophy has really taken

April 30th, 2017

Big business, new orders mark record-setting ProWein 2017

Nearly 60% of all trade visitors to ProWein 2017 concluded their business deals during the trade fair or

March 28th, 2017

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


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


Congressional Committee takes up Duarte plowing case: Calls on US Attorney General to explain “DOJ Overreach”

NOTE: Scroll to bottom for links to Wine Industry Insight’s complete coverage of this issue which will affect all vineyards and other agricultural land use. Press release | May 26, 2017 Goodlatte, Conaway Call on Attorney General to Evaluate DOJ Overreach in Prosecuting WOTUS Violations…

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Jeffry Hill sanitizing web reputation as plea deal grows likely in federal felony case

Jeffry Hill, who is free on bail after his Nov. 2, 2016 federal fraud charges, has been “webwashing” his reputation as a leg up on vocational rehabilitation once his plea deal with prosecutors is finalized.   Hill was originally scheduled to appear in San Francisco…

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There are at least 9 reasons why most people don’t buy wine or other alcbevs online

Wine Executive News subscribers please click here to access the full chart and the following premium files: PowerPoint file with 9 full original charts along with annotations and observations Excel file with data used to create the charts Original data from Harris Poll Subscribe to…

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Farm loan delinquencies up at commercial banks while non-ag declines

Source: Federal Reserve Bank, KC NOTE: Fed economist Matt Clark told Wine Industry Insight that the date reflected in the chart, above, is “from all commercial banks in the US, and this section [B] is meant to represent the ‘stock’ of agricultural lending in the…

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Will H2-A solve ag labor shortages? Here’s how it looks in Calif

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Gallo dominates rising star wine brands. STZ & Bronco also ran

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AlcBev product proliferation = consumer frustration = lower growth: RBC

  [We]e are starting to see the counter-trend to the proliferation of choice. For distributors/retailers,…

Healthy craft beer growth continues in U.S. and globally

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