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Duckhorn Finally Confirms It Was For Sale: 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,…

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…

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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


Clean Water Act Permits: Expensive, time-consuming, uncertain

By Lewis Perdue There is no nationwide land parcel registry or map that specifies whether a given field or plot of land is part of the Waters of the United States (WOTUS). Because land does not have to have water on it to be part…

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Ag exemptions to the CWA law and as interpreted by Courts, EPA & Army Corps of Engineers

By Lewis Perdue Many activities within an area designated as part of the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) require a permit from the Corps of Engineers. However, the Clean Water Act specified a number of farming exemptions.   One of the basic issues for…

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How does soil become a pollutant? And a plow a “point source” of pollution?

By Lewis Perdue CWA Violation On its face, the Clean Water Act (CWA) is very clear that a violation consists of: The discharge of, A pollutant into, Waters of the United States. Permits and Exemptions Legalize Pollution The CWA does legalize a regulated amount of…

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Supreme Court’s “Nexus” author expresses second thoughts

By Lewis Perdue The Rapanos v. United States decision — which currently dominates debate about federal jurisdiction and enforcement actions — acknowledges that even the Supreme Court has not been able to figure out definitively how to define many provisions under the Clean Water Act…

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