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Starmont Carneros Winery Facility Sold to Private Investor – Brand to remain with Schlatter Family

News release Starmont Brand and Stanly Ranch Estate Vineyard Remain Under Schlatter Ownership. No Change to Starmont National Sales & Marketing   (St. Helena, CA; July 12, 2019) The Schlatter Family, owners of the Merryvale Family of Wines, announces the sale of its winery facility in Carneros to a private investor.   The Starmont Brand […]

Older occasional & moderate alcohol drinkers live longer: New large study finds

  Alcohol Consumption in Later Life and Mortality in the United States: Results from 9 Waves of the Health and Retirement Study Abstract / Background Alcohol consumption in later life has increased in the past decade, and the relationship between alcohol consumption and mortality is controversial. Recent studies suggest little, if any, health benefit to […]

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Crimson Wine Group gets new CEO

  An alert subscriber pointed out that Wine Industry Insight had missed this bit of news that was released almost a month ago. Filings from the Securities and Exchange Commission: Item 5.02 Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers. Severence Agreement From Crimson Wine […]

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Wine Australia invests record $AUS 79 million in grape and wine sector in 2019–20

Media Release Monday 1 July 2019   Wine Australia invests record $79 million on behalf of grape and wine sector in 2019–20 Wine Australia will invest a record $79 million on behalf of the grape and wine sector in 2019–20, investing in research, development and extension (RD&E), market development and export regulation according to its […]

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Yellow Tail maker Casella for sale?

  NOTE: The link, below, leads to a premium article.   We found that it displayed the full article sometimes, but most often it did not. Therefore, we have written a short synopsis, below. You may want to try the link to see if you can get the full text. -lp According to a subscriber-only […]

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Is the clock ticking down on cult wines?

  Steve Heimoff has a solid piece on the state of “cult” wines here: Is the clock ticking down on cult wines?   However, Steve’s link to the Chronicle article did not mention that there was no actual reporting on the Bryant Family Vineyards legal case by Ester Mobley. I broke that story on June […]

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NABI Mourns the Passing of TTB Administrator John J. Manfreda – A Visionary and A Friend

NEWS RELEASE – MAY 27, 2019 NABI extends its deepest sympathy to John’s wife Rosemary, his children Michelle, Matthew, and Brendan and their families in this sad time of loss.   NABI President Robert M. Tobiassen prepared the remarks below. From 1978 to 2003, at ATF, John was Rob’s first- or second-line supervisor and always […]

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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 […]

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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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