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2015 Wine Industry Financial Symposium to focus on “New Rules of the Wine Business”

NEWS RELEASE July 28, 2015 Wine Industry Symposium Group Announces 24th Wine Industry Financial Symposium Focusing Upon the New Rules of the Wine Business (Napa, CALIF.) – The Wine Industry Symposium Group has announced a program filled with useful business information for the 24th Annual Wine Industry Financial Symposium set for Monday, September 21 and […]

Wine.com statement on class action litigation

Michael J. Osborn, Wine.com Founder & VP Merchandising emailed Wine Industry Insight this statement on the class action litigation: “In October 2013, we were named as a defendant in a class action alleging violations of various California consumer protection statutes in connection with the Wine.com StewardShip Program. StewardShip is our annual membership where we charge […]

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Today’s coverage of Napa’s big fire shows how pathetic “journalism” has become

As a former journalism prof (Cornell, UCLA) I am ashamed of most of my profession, With a few notable examples, the Twinkie-level to which daily news reporting has fallen is pathetic. Presented, below, front pages from four newspapers: three who should be ashamed and one shining example of actual journalism.        

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Has Vintage Wine Estates Bought B.R. Cohn Winery? Or Maybe Not? Or Yet?

There may be less to the Vintage Wine Estates / B.R. Cohn acquisition than the news release from Cohn (below) represents. While VWE partner Pat Roney offered “No comment” to Wine Industry Insight’s request for comment, others close to the deal say it has not closed yet. “And I am not 100% sure it will […]

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Why these 37 wine tasting terms offer no solid meaning, and little help for consumers

Words! Words! Words! I’m so sick of words! I get words all day through; First from him, now from you! Is that all you blighters can do? Don’t talk of stars Burning above; If you’re in love, Show me! Tell me no dreams Filled with desire. If you’re on fire, Show me! —  “My Fair […]

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A Rejoinder to “Female Winemakers In California Are Generally Better Than Their Male Counterparts”

Wine Industry Insight received the rejoinder as an email yesterday and responded: ” I wondered if you had thought of asking Vineyard Financial Associates whether they would do that? That would offer them the opportunity to make a good-faith effort to correct their errors. “If they choose not to run it, I would do so.” […]

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Long Meadow Ranch Expands In Anderson Valley, Hires Vivier As Winemaker

NEWS RELEASE RUTHERFORD, Calif. (JUNE 17, 2015) — Long Meadow Ranch (LMR) announced today the acquisition of a 145-acre property in Anderson Valley, California, completing one of the appellation’s largest viticultural land purchases in the past decade. LMR also announced that Stephane Vivier will serve as winemaker for the new Anderson Valley Estate’s 69 acres […]

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Beyond Genetics: How Saliva Affects Your Unique Way Of Experiencing Wine

Recommendation Insights has previously described the many ways that genetic variations determine any single individual’s wine taste experience: Inherited Taste Chaos Sabotages Recommendations. Now comes this very well-written article that expands that concept: Spit and image: How saliva customizes your wine tasting experience: “Not seeing eye to eye on a wine’s flavor isn’t just about […]

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Frisson Wines Receives $700K In Growth Investment

Frisson Wines has closed a $700,000 round of equity funding from unnamed private investors according the winery’s Managing Partner Terry Davis. “The funding will be used primarily to provide additional grape sources for the winery’s portfolio of single-vineyard, single-varietal wines, and to increase production by roughly 3,000 cases per year” said Davis. “This is a […]

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New Research Shows Why Wine Descriptions Don’t Help Consumers Select Wine

New research recently published in the journal Neurocomputing shows one more reason why consumers get little help in choosing wines from the descriptions in wine reviews: the same words mean different things to different people. This fits in with — MISINTERPRETATION: Words = Big Trouble — which is one of the issues that we have […]

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