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Grapevine red blotch virus found (and eliminated) in UC Davis Foundation Plant Services vineyard

According to the Foundation Plant Services (FPS),   Russell Ranch 2017 Virus Test Status: On December 20, 2017, Foundation Plant Services (FPS) announced that Grapevine Red Blotch Disease, caused by Grapevine red blotch virus (GRBV), has been found in the Russell Ranch Vineyard (RRV). All affected vines (only five of 4,132 vines in RRV tested […]

Why the new MACH15 moderate consumption study must correct its protocol in order to have any credibility at all

  This editorial relates to the following article: 14 Reasons the new NIH/industry-funded moderate alcohol & health study could be a $100 Million CREDIBILITY flop     To the vast number of non-scientists — which is the vast majority of people — science and credibility are two very different things. This is especially true when […]

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Owens-Illinois shows its disregard for wineries. Raises bottle prices in middle of devastating wildfires.

While wildfires (which began Oct. 8) were continuing to ravage Napa, Sonoma, and Mendocino wine country, major glass supplier, Owens-Illinois decided it was a good time to saddle the already-disrupted industry by raising prices on bottles.   The following letter was forwarded to Wine Industry Insight by a number of angry vintners whose tempers were […]

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Help Napa & Sonoma Rebuild: Major Symposium for North Bay Leaders & Doers

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Aussie public cannabis corp gets medical license from gov’t

NEWS RELEASE – SYDNEY AUSTRALIA-30th October, 2017 THC ISSUED MEDICINAL CANNABIS LICENCE Key Points:   THC subsidiary Canndeo Ltd granted Medicinal Cannabis Licence by Office of Drug Control Obtaining the licence is a major step for the Company to commence growing medicinal cannabis in Australia The licence complements Canndeo’s existing research licence, allowing development and […]

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Wine Country Wildfires Recovery/Relief Resources and Full Coverage Archives

Latest update: 11/10/2017 (NEWEST ARTICLES AT THE TOP OF EACH SECTION)   BUSINESS RESOURCES (last link included 11/09/17) Napa business people get tips for fire recovery and rebuilding Employers May Provide Tax-Free Relief to Employees Affected by California Wildfires Through Qualified Disaster Relief Payments North Bay fire-recovery conference Impact Project: Rebuild set for Nov. 16 […]

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Ag Commissioner cautions about wine grapes and fire retardants on Oct. 20, then deletes it

The notice about fire retardant has been removed from the Ag Commissioner’s update of this page.   This statement was posted at the bottom of the Ag Commissioner’s page on 10/20: “Be advised that according to CalFire officials, grapes that have been contacted by flame retardant are not safe for humans and should not be […]

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Status on 113 wineries (and wine businesses): Good, bad or gone – ARCHIVED – No longer updated

This article is no longer updated. Last update was 6:28 a.m., October 20, 2017 Is a house, commercial property or winery safe? Maybe Not? See: Cal Fire has released a powerful Interactive Sonoma County fire map goes right down to specific parcels Make sure to see today’s fire status report: Fire damage at $1 Bil […]

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Wine has $219.9 billion national economic impact – WineAmerica study

NEWS RELEASE   WASHINGTON, September 27, 2017—WineAmerica, the National Association of American Wineries, today unveiled a national economic impact study showing the wine industry’s total benefit to the American economy at $219.9 billion in 2017. This is the first detailed study ever conducted of the wine industry’s national economic impact.   The study was conducted […]

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Heroes and heels: Who freeloads on other reporters and who’s a mensch?

Come back periodically to see who credits Wine Industry Insight for breaking this story: Sullivan Vineyards Bankruptcy: Napa Valley’s Chapter 11 From Hell (and who freeloads) Clearly facts cannot be copyrighted. That’s why there are more re-worked articles on the web than original reporting.   Ethical reporters give credit to those whose hard work and […]

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