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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 […]

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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Clean Water Act: A Bare-Bones Primer

Federal regulations and numerous federal court cases have established that practices which are legal and do not require a under the Clean Water Act (CWA) farming exemptions, are actually illegal without those exemptions. CWA Violation On its face, the Clean Water Act (CWA) is very clear about that a violation consists of: Discharge of, A […]

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Splinter Group Spirits partners with Vintage Wine Estates

NEWS RELEASE Winemakers Steve Matthiasson and Bob Cabral step into the role of whiskey-making winemakers Napa, CA. August 1, 2016. Splinter Group Spirits announced today a new partnership with Vintage Wine Estates who has acquired a majority interest in the company. Splinter, formed in 2013 by the Wilkinson Family and Dave Phinney, produces the limited-production, […]

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O’Neill Vintners & Distillers Acquires Robert Hall Winery

Larkspur, California (August 2, 2016) – O’Neill Vintners & Distillers, the seventh-largest wine producer in California by volume, has announced the purchase of Robert Hall Winery in Paso Robles, California.  The sale includes the Robert Hall production facilities, hospitality center, inventory, vineyards and brands.  Robert Hall Winery was established by Robert and Margaret Hall in […]

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Hyde de Villaine buys Napa winery & vineyard that have been its home since 2003

ST. HELENA, CA (June 20, 2016) — Hyde de Villaine (HdV) purchased in May 2016 a 33.5 acre parcel at the corner of Silverado Trail and Trancas Street in Napa Valley, California. The property comprises 24 acres of vineyard, a 3,750-square-foot winery and a residence. The location has been the home of HdV since 2003; […]

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Former American Vintners Association President Bob Kalik has died

Robert G. “Bob” Kalik, the former President of American Vintners Association (Now WineAmerica), has died.   Kalik who represented numerous beverage alcohol producers, importers, and distributors over the years passed away last Sunday.   In addition to his role at he AVA, Kalik was a founder of the World Wine Trade Group. Bob played a […]

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Distilled Spirits Council Helps Broker Deal for Spirits, Wine and Beer Sales in Colorado Grocery Stores

Council Urges Governor to Sign Bill   WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Distilled Spirits Council today praised the Colorado Legislature for passing historic legislation (SB 197), which modernizes Colorado’s alcohol laws by allowing the sale of spirits, wine and beer in grocery stores.   A Council-led effort helped bring together allied grocers, package store owners, local […]

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Venge Vineyards Acquires Robert Rue Vineyard and Winery in the Russian River Valley

Venge Vineyards of Calistoga has acquired the Robert Rue Vineyard and Winery in Sonoma County’s Russian River Valley and renamed it Croix Estate.   Well-known for his highly rated, allocation-only, small-lot wines, third-generation Napa Valley winemaker, Kirk P. Venge said he plans to use Croix Estate for small-production, luxury-class, single-vineyard Chardonnay and Pinot Noir wines. […]

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