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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 […]

Jeffry Hill Court & Professional Updates

An exclusion order is being prepared by the U.S. Attorney’s office in connection with the trial of Jeffry Hill, according to federal court records. He did not appear at the court hearing which, according to the court docket, lasted 2 minutes. No details have been released regarding the subject of the exclusion order.   Hill […]

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Bill Collins, former Secretary-Treasurer of the Napa Valley Vintners and one of the founders of the Napa Valley Wine Auction, dies

Obituary and photo provided by the family. William David Collins, Jr., born April 6, 1927 in Amarillo Texas, the eldest of seven children of William D. Collins and Florence Kelly Collins, passed away on February 1, 2017 at home in St. Helena, CA.   He is survived by his wife Kathy, children Dave (Chris), Kitty, […]

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ASEV Responds to Industry’s Growing Concerns About Smoke Taint by Assembling Leading Experts at June National Conference

Davis, Calif., January 27, 2017…Drought, climate change and a spate of Pacific Coast wildfires have heightened concerns about the impact of smoke on winegrapes and wine. To address this growing concern, the American Society for Enology and Viticulture’s (ASEV) has reached out to international smoke taint experts, researchers and scientists to discuss this challenge as […]

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Treasury Wine Estates & other Oz vintners boosted by Australia/China Free Trade Agreement

“Australian wine exported to mainland China is continuing to grow rapidly, aided by the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement. We see more positive momentum to come as the underlying demand/supply dynamics remain strong. Export data shows that wine exports of above $10 FOB (masstige and luxury) are steadily increasing particularly to China which shows a similar […]

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CAWG Names Michael Miiller as Director of Government Relations

NEWS RELEASE    SACRAMENTO, Jan. 17, 2017 – The California Association of Winegrape Growers has selected Michael Miiller as its new director of government relations, effective Jan. 17.   Previously, Miiller was chief of staff and communications director for Assemblyman Marc Levine (D-Marin County). He oversaw and managed Levine’s Capitol office, three district offices and […]

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Avero Acquires social media and reputation management software VinTank

NEW YORK, NY – December 15, 2016 — Avero announced today the acquisition of winery social media and reputation management software VinTank. Considered “Mission Control for Customer Conversations”, VinTank formerly powered over 1,200 wineries, while processing and analyzing 1 billion social media conversations annually. To rebuild this new and exciting software, Avero has assembled a […]

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Landmark Capital provides $37.5 MM to Re-Finance Sebastapol properties including The Barlow Wine/Spirit/Craft Beer venue

The following is a vague, badly written, endlessly self-congratulatory news release posted on PR Newswire today. There is a bit of actual news salted in among unctuously wordy and obviously manufactured quotes never uttered in actual human speech. The paucity of useful information is a tour de force of ego over substance. There is no […]

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Why license appraisers? Who needs ’em? Who regulates ’em?

State licensing of real estate appraisers began in the 1980s as an effort to prevent recurrences of valuation improprieties resulting from that decade’s savings and loan scandal.   In that scandal — also the more recent mortgage meltdowns that contributed to the Great Recession — substandard appraisals and unethical appraisers produced inflated valuations of real […]

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Charles Banks’ wire fraud trial date set by federal court. Napa paper plays old story as sensational news.

The jury selection and trial for federal fraud charges brought against vintner/financier Charles Banks IV are to begin on Monday, April 17, 2017 in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas (San Antonio) according to documents filed Oct. 20.   Court records show that Banks was indicted via a sealed indictmenton Sept. 8, […]

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