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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 […]

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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Vintage Wine Estates buys Mitsuko’s Vineyard from Clos Pegase founder Jan Shrem

Vintage Wine Estates (VWE) has bought Mitsuko’s Vineyard from Clos Pegase founder Jan Shrem. A source close to the transaction said that when VWE bought Clos Pegase three years ago they had an option to purchase the Mitsuko Vineyard. Instead of buying it then, VWE leased it until September 15 when it paid $20 million […]

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Vintage Wine Estates purchases Napa Valley’s DELECTUS Winery

Santa Rosa, CA. Octo. 10, 2016. Vintage Wine Estates announced today the purchase of DELECTUS Winery, a producer of high-scoring, luxury appellation red wines. Chris Phelps has been appointed Consulting Winemaker. Founder Linda Butler will continue to lead DELECTUS hospitality, trade, media and private tastings, winery events and the wine club.   DELECTUS has garnered […]

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Beware of advertising disguised as valid editorial content

Advertising disguised as valid editorial content is not only unethical but illegal according to Federal Trade Commission Guidelines.   So-called “native advertising” or other content or compensated  links must be clearly disclosed: “FTC Enforcement Policy Statement on Deceptively Formatted Advertisements”.   Editorial content comes with an implied journalistic judgment and endorsement that means a publication […]

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William A. Seavey – In Memoriam

William Seavey, Napa Valley vineyardist, vintner, lawyer, and educator, passed away at his St. Helena home on September 21st surrounded by his children and the hills he loved.   Bill was born to Arthur and Dorothy Seavey in Los Angeles on August 28, 1930. As a young boy, he delivered newspapers on his bicycle to […]

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Alejandro Bulgheroni Estate buys former Harlan winery

NEWS RELEASE Projected Opening and First Releases Set for February 2017 Portfolio to Feature Napa Cabernet Sauvignon Wines to be made by Winemaker Philippe Melka NAPA VALLEY, Calif. (September 13, 2016) – International vintner Alejandro P. Bulgheroni today announced the acquisition and plans for the renovation of his new winery, Alejandro Bulgheroni Estate, located at […]

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Is it crazy to think you can get good wine by spending only $60 for an entire case?

I am a discovery junkie. I crave  novelty in a lot of things: from which trail I take backpacking, to the next glass of wine, beer or spirits.   For several years now, I have been trying to figure out how to select a bottle of wine that I have not tasted before, but which […]

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Duckhorn Finally Confesses It Lied About Sale Denials: Bought by TSG Consumer Partners

EDITOR’S NOTE: Duckorn previously denied it was on the block (Amid no word at all from Constellation or GI Partners, Duckhorn exec says not for sale). Wine Industry Insight broke the story of the pending sale on June 21.   Our sources close to the transaction now say that TSG Consumer Partners aced Constellation out […]

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