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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,…

Hyde de Villaine buys Napa winery & vineyard that have been its home since 2003

ST. HELENA, CA (June 20, 2016) — Hyde de Villaine (HdV) purchased in May 2016 a 33.5 acre…

Former American Vintners Association President Bob Kalik has died

Robert G. “Bob” Kalik, the former President of American Vintners Association (Now WineAmerica), has died.   Kalik who…

Distilled Spirits Council Helps Broker Deal for Spirits, Wine and Beer Sales in Colorado Grocery Stores

Council Urges Governor to Sign Bill   WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Distilled Spirits Council today praised the Colorado…

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…

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Cline Family Cellars Adds Tom Gendall To Winemaking Team

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE SONOMA, CA, July 19, 2016 – Cline Family Cellars has strengthened its winemaking team with

July 19th, 2016

This Spring Mountain Estate Winery/Home Is Just Waiting For The Right Rising Star Winemaker or Chef

This sponsored post is presented by WineryX Real Estate. This 3,992 sqft estate winery/home on 12.92 acres of

July 7th, 2016

Winemakers, Wines, Wineries, Special Guest and Presentations Announced for the Second Annual Oakland Wine Festival

Oakland, California, June 29, 2016 he second annual Oakland Wine Festival is excited to announce our participating winemakers,

July 7th, 2016

Family Winemakers of California Selects Pete Downs As Acting President

Edgar B. “Pete” Downs has been selected as Acting President of the Family Winemakers of California, the trade

July 6th, 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


Wine Club pioneer Global Wine Company “decommissions” itself, sources say it has been acquired by a competitor.

Wine Club pioneer Global Wine Company “decommissions” itself, sources say it has been acquired by a competitor. High-profile, wine expert-driven wine shipper,  Global Wine Club (GWC) of San Rafael has “decommissioned “itself and may have been acquired by a competitor.   The sale and “decommissioning”…

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Tapp Labels Begins Layoffs After Reduced Operations At Vancouver Plant

Tapp Labels is downsizing its Vancouver printing plant with the result that at least 50 employees are being laid off according to sources at the company and internal correspondence obtained by Wine Industry Insight. Specific layoff numbers for each plant location are not available.  …

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Truett-Hurst Relieved That Hambrecht’s VML Winery Has Been Sold To Hunneus Vintners

Truett-Hurst (Nasdaq: THST) staff and shareholders are relieved that VML Winery has reportedly been sold to Huneeus Vintners for $15.5 million.   The status of VML — THST’s primary production facility — has been in limbo since last October when Hambrecht attempted to evict  Truett-Hurst…

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$8 million in arrears, Hambrecht’s VML Winery set for lien auction

VML Winery in Healdsburg has been scheduled to be sold to the highest bidder at a public auction next week The winery is owned by the Hambrecht Wine Group and is the primary production facility for the Truett-Hurst Wine company.   In October 2015, Hambrecht…

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