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Gallo/Constellation brand sale hits FTC snag

From SEC Form 8-K, filed May 20, 2019 As previously disclosed, on April 3, 2019, Constellation Brands, Inc. (“Constellation”) and E. & J. Gallo Winery (“Gallo”) entered into an Asset Purchase agreement (the “Asset Purchase Agreement”), pursuant to which Gallo agreed to acquire a portion of Constellation’s wine and spirits business (the “Transaction”). The Transaction […]

Is Pernod Ricard about to sell Kenwood Vineyards, Jacob’s Creek and other wine brands?

  Australia’s WBM Online has reported that Pernod Ricard is putting its wine brands up for sale.   The portfolio includes a number of brands including Australia’s Jacob’s Creek and Sonoma Valley’s Kenwood Winery

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Vintage Wine Estates Purchases 1,986 Acre Laetitia Winery Estate on the California Central Coast

    March 18, 2019. Santa Rosa, CA. Vintage Wine Estates has purchased Laetitia Vineyard & Winery. Laetitia, located in the Arroyo Grande AVA, is one of the notable, foundation wineries of the region. The estate overlooks the Pacific Ocean and has 680+ vineyard acres. The winery is known in particular for Pinot Noir, scoring […]

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Peer review helps prevent bad science from being published. So why do judges ignore it?

Expert reports and testimony are common in courtrooms. The fate of the judicial adversaries frequently rest on the credibility that a judge or jury vests in one report versus another. Many of those reports and testimonials are, inaccurate,  poorly done, scientifically and logically flawed.   However, judges — who are not scientists — admit almost […]

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Current road closures and flood conditions in Napa and Sonoma Counties

Napa Road Closures Flooded roads all throughout Sonoma County Highway 37, Major east/west corridor through Napa, Marion and Sonoma Counties closed due to flooding.

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69% chance of a recession by 2020 thanks to Fed’s interest rate bungling – Rabobank

Download the full North American Agribusiness Report from Rabobank (PDF)

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Dogs hot on the trail of “corked” cooperage make their way to the North Bay

NOTE: This article is not paid content. No commercial incentive or promise of remuneration has been paid, promised, or discussed. However, the author is biased because he likes uncontaminated wine. And he loves dogs and has  a Chocolate Labrador Retriever with a spooky sense of smell.   While not yet common, a few wineries around […]

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Profile matching: a test of the Palate Club system

Palate Club uses a profile matching system. It failed. In an epic manner. This article explains some of the issues with profile matching. Scroll down the Twitter post screen caps to follow the saga from my high hopes to Palate Club’s dismal results. I suspended my next shipment. When asked why, I explained the issues […]

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John Duarte is out to prove that junk science unjustly railroaded his federal court case

“We had expert reports to argue with that covered same ground with less detail and passion. None of it mattered because summary judgement ruled that we were guilty before we could put on a defense. Then judge dismissed our expert reports before penalty phase.” — John Duarte Farmer and rootstock nurseryman John Duarte believes that […]

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Pacific Gas & Electric – Bankruptcy-Related SEC Filings

The following are the most recent documents filed by PG&E with the SEC as of 5:39 a.m., Jan. 15, 2019 8-K,Roger H. Kimmel resigned from the board – Jan 15, 2019 FORM 8-K – Jan. 14, 2019 News release: PG&E Board of Directors Conducting Search for New Chief Executive Officer, Geisha Williams Steps Down; John […]

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