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WineGavel Saga Finally Over As Founder Pleads Guilty

Justice has finally caught up to Wine Gavel founder Joshua Krummenoehl who, according to the Wine Spectator, has agreed to pay more than $500,000 in restitution. WineGavel Saga First Broken At Wine Industry Insight In 2012 This has been an ongoing saga ever since Wine Industry Insight first broke the story in March 2012: Final […]

Some Hard Questions For The Anti-Volunteer Folk

First of all, did every quake-struck winery and business in Napa that got volunteer recovery help violate state law? After all, they are for-profit businesses. And how about this business owner in Willits whose child care business was destroyed by a fire? If you help her, will she be a criminal? (Image from the Santa […]

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A Dyslexic Dilernrna & Aqology

I have mild dyslexia. It’s no excuse for typos, but they happen a lot more with me. I confuse lower case d b p q g (especially in typefaces where a g looks like a backward q). And a lot of the time, m looks like an r + n … so dilemma and dilernrna […]

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Harvey Posert Memorial

The family of Harvey Posert and his sons — Harvey III, Bob and Peter — have sent invitations for a celebration of the life of their father who passed away on October 3. To avoid overcrowding, the family has requested that only relatives, Harvey’s closest friends and those with invitations attend the event which is […]

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Damned Experts! Damned “Know-Nothings!” … (Damn You, Consumers)

A lot of my wine opinions in NewsFetch attract critical emails. Those emails fall into two categories: I know nothing about wine, and therefore can’t trust what my palate says I like. I am an expert and know too much about wine, and therefore can’t trust what my palate says I like. Yes, I do know […]

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Last Chance For Vintners To Participate In Silicon Valley Bank Wine Industry Survey

Email from Rob McMillan, EVP & Founder, Premium Wine Division, Silicon Valley Bank: “This  is the link to the last chance email on the survey:” “We’re up to 333 participants. It’s the largest annual survey in the wine business and we give the results back for free and ask for nothing in return. That’s a […]

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AVAs Gone Wild! TTB OKs 11 New Areas Inside Paso Robles AVA

TTB NEWS RELEASE For Immediate Release October 8, 2014 Washington, D.C. — On Thursday, October 9, 2014, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) will publish a final rule in Federal Register establishing 11 new American viticultural areas within the existing Paso Robles viticultural area in San Luis Obispo County, California. The 11 […]

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SVB Annual Wine Conditions Survey Needs Your Participation

Rob McMillan EVP & Founder of Silicon Valley Bank’s Premium Wine Division emailed me to say that the 2015 Wine Industry Conditions Survey will open up at 8 a.m.Wednesday, Oct. 8. “It continues to grow in industry importance,” McMillan wrote, “with 650 wineries taking the survey last year. It will be open 2 weeks.”  McMillan […]

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Robert L. Hall, Owner of Robert Hall Winery, Dies at 85

NEWS FROM THE PASO ROBLES WINE ALLIANCE The Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance is deeply saddened to report that Robert L. Hall, owner of Robert Hall Winery, passed away peacefully at his home Saturday, October 4th, 2014 at the age of 85 from complications related to an extended illness. Originally from St. Paul Minnesota, Robert […]

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Harvey Posert, Wine Industry PR Innovator, Dies

NEWS RELEASE Harvey Posert, Jr.  1930 – 2014 (St. Helena, CA) – Harvey Posert, Jr., an influential leader in the California wine industry for nearly 50 years, died October 3, 2014 at the age of 84 after a brief illness, with his three sons and their mother at his side. Known in the wine business as the […]

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