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Duarte, Pacific Legal Foundation Keynote Today’s Ag Relations Council 2017 Annual Meeting in Sacto

Ag Relations Council 2017 Annual Meeting 9:30 – 11:00 a.m. – When Regulations Collide with Reality A panel from the Pacific Legal Foundation. This panel will feature one of PLF’s attorney’s Tony Francois who will discuss critical cases affecting agriculture including Waters of the U.S. and Endangered Species Act. John Duarte, a PLF client who is […]

2 Important Wine Executive News premium subscriber billing announcements

(1) ECSuite (our credit card biller since 2009) has been acquired by CCBill: Does not accept American Express. (2) Stripe payments system added: Does accept American Express. ECSuite, the billing service that Wine Executive News has used for the past eight years, has been acquired byCCBill which, unfortunately, does not take American Express.   I […]

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TTB looking for comments on wine, spirits, beer information collection

Wine Industry Insight has re-ordered the list to place wine-related items first. We have also included a quick link: Proposed Information Collections; Comment Request (No. 64)   On Friday, June 9, 2017, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act, we published in the Federal Register a notice requesting public comments on 11 existing TTB information […]

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“Grapevine Triangle” balance method for growers finally reaches North America

The Grapevine Triangle: It’s taken decades to arrive, but this fundamental method of grapevine balance has finally reached North America thanks to a peer-reviewed article that has been months in the making: Grapevine Triangle: An aid to understanding grapevine balance.   While some of he concepts have been discussed here on an informal basis, this […]

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Napa Attorney Richard Mendelson’s “Appellation Napa Valley” Wins International Prizes

NEWS RELEASE   Richard Mendelson’s Appellation Napa Valley: Building and Protecting an American Treasure Wins International Prizes Napa, CA, June 5, 2017 – Napa Attorney Richard Mendelson’s Appellation Napa Valley: Building and Protecting an American Treasure has now won three prestigious international book awards. The International Organization of Vine and Wine awarded the book its […]

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

Received: 3:09 p.m., May 24, 2017

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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 Inn– that was as remarkable for what it didn’t have as for what it did.   Sadly, most wine industry meetings have developed the same charm and necessity as a colonoscopy: necessary, but to be avoided as […]

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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 prominent list of publications that have confused the Clean Water Rule (which Trump is rolling back) from the Clean Water Act and its enforcement.   The Rule had already been suspended in 2015 by several federal courts — […]

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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 or distillery, while giving restaurants, bars and retailers access to a larger variety of boutique craft libations.   San Jose, CA, — Alcohol distribution has not changed since the inception of the three-tier system at the repeal […]

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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 in Fresno on March 30th as the Distinguished California Agriculturalist of the year. The award, annually recognizing an individual who has, through accomplishment, contributed in a significant and highly visible way to the betterment of California agriculture, […]

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