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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 1, 2016. Splinter Group Spirits announced today a new partnership with Vintage Wine Estates who has acquired a majority interest in the company. Splinter, formed in 2013 by the Wilkinson Family and Dave Phinney, produces the limited-production, […]

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, has announced the purchase of Robert Hall Winery in Paso Robles, California.  The sale includes the Robert Hall production facilities, hospitality center, inventory, vineyards and brands.  Robert Hall Winery was established by Robert and Margaret Hall in […]

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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 parcel at the corner of Silverado Trail and Trancas Street in Napa Valley, California. The property comprises 24 acres of vineyard, a 3,750-square-foot winery and a residence. The location has been the home of HdV since 2003; […]

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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 represented numerous beverage alcohol producers, importers, and distributors over the years passed away last Sunday.   In addition to his role at he AVA, Kalik was a founder of the World Wine Trade Group. Bob played a […]

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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 Legislature for passing historic legislation (SB 197), which modernizes Colorado’s alcohol laws by allowing the sale of spirits, wine and beer in grocery stores.   A Council-led effort helped bring together allied grocers, package store owners, local […]

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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 and renamed it Croix Estate.   Well-known for his highly rated, allocation-only, small-lot wines, third-generation Napa Valley winemaker, Kirk P. Venge said he plans to use Croix Estate for small-production, luxury-class, single-vineyard Chardonnay and Pinot Noir wines. […]

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Enolytics Publishes Landmark Wine Consumer Research Report Powered by Hello Vino Mobile Data Set

Enolytics Publishes Landmark Wine Consumer Research Report Powered by Hello Vino Mobile Data Set

Industry-First Study Provides Behavioral Insights from Analysis of Two Million Wine Consumer Data Records Atlanta, GA, April 12, 2016 – Enolytics, a new firm leveraging big data for wine industry sales and marketing insights, launches today with its inaugural report titled “Wine O’Clock: What It Is, and Why We Should Care.” The industry-first research report, […]

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Laffort USA Announces Spring ‘Rendezvous’ Seminar Series

Presenting the latest Laffort research and development   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 5, 2016   St. Helena, CA: Laffort USA, leading supplier of innovative winemaking ingredients, announces the annual spring Rendezvous seminar series from April 24, 2016 through May 12, 2016 throughout the West Coast wine regions in California, Oregon and Washington, as well as […]

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Wilson Artisan Wineries Acquires Anderson Valley’s Greenwood Ridge Vineyards

March 31, 2016 – Geyserville, CA–Wilson Artisan Wineries announced  it has purchased Greenwood Ridge Winery in Anderson Valley’s Philo in Mendocino County. Wilson Artisan Wineries will take possession of the Greenwood Ridge tasting room, brand and inventory.   Specializing in late harvest Riesling, Greenwood Ridge was established in 1980 by Allan Green, and with an […]

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Orville Tyler Magoon, the Passing of a Giant

On March 19 in Santa Barbara, after a cruise to Hawaii, his beloved birthplace, Orville Tyler Magoon passed into history. He was surrounded by his wife and children. His life was one dedicated to our planet and its coastal treasures and to the people who surrounded him.   After his retirement from the Army Corps […]

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