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NY Canned-wine merchant Alexis Beechen has Visa card subscription “accident.” Note: Shoplifting behind the paywall is ¡no bueno!

This would be hilarious if it wasn’t so pathetic! This morning, I get an email from Alexis Beechen (Gmail address, no company affiliation) who said she “accidentally” subscribed to the premium Wine Executive News and wanted the subscription canceled and a refund.     I did that. Here’s the Stripe dashboard transaction. But, because I […]

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Wine Institute news release shows China revenue sales increase on drop in volume

CLARIFICATION: An earlier version of this post suggested that the Wine Institute had presented misleading information in its export news release.  The Wine Institute table columns were not labeled, resulting in a 4 a.m. misread of the data which we regret. While overall 2017 US wine export revenue dropped  to 2013 levels, Mainland China, Taiwan […]

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California Agriculture: Business NOT as Usual Theme of Outlook 2018 Agribusiness Conference

NEWS RELEASE February 28, 2018 Contact: Suzie Roget (209) 368-3672   Woodbridge, CA…..With “Cannabis”, “Labor”, “Water”, and “Investor Activity” as just a few of the headlines this year, California’s premiere annual agribusiness conference will come to the Visalia Convention Center on Thursday, March 22nd with an unusual and interesting agenda. Outlook 2018 is presented by […]

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Treasury Wine Estates takes legal action against copycat Penfold’s producer

Friday 16 February 2018 MEDIA RELEASE   Treasury Wine Estates (TWE) today announced it has filed legal proceedings against ‘copycat operator’ Rush Rich in the Federal Court of Australia for trade mark infringements that exploit TWE’s iconic Penfolds brand, including the unauthorised use of TWE’s BEN FU trade mark (the Chinese transliteration for Penfolds).   […]

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Ste. Michelle, other Altria-owned wine assets down 8.5% on 2017 net revenue

From company news release Feb. 2, 2018 In the wine segment, Ste. Michelle’s fourth-quarter and full-year results were negatively impacted by competitive activity, continued trade inventory reductions and slower premium wine category growth.   In the fourth quarter of 2017, Ste. Michelle’s net revenues declined 8.5%. Reported and adjusted OCI increased 1.6%, primarily due to […]

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How to tell if a survey is credible or just fake data

Surveys are a dime a dozen. There’s even an app for that (Survey Monkey). However, most surveys cannot be trusted because they fail to meet standards for transparency. Why? Standards for assessing data validity (see below for links) require that a study reveal: The number of subjects in a study, How the were selected, How […]

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Grapevine red blotch virus found (and eliminated) in UC Davis Foundation Plant Services vineyard

According to the Foundation Plant Services (FPS),   Russell Ranch 2017 Virus Test Status: On December 20, 2017, Foundation Plant Services (FPS) announced that Grapevine Red Blotch Disease, caused by Grapevine red blotch virus (GRBV), has been found in the Russell Ranch Vineyard (RRV). All affected vines (only five of 4,132 vines in RRV tested […]

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Why the new MACH15 moderate consumption study must correct its protocol in order to have any credibility at all

  This editorial relates to the following article: 14 Reasons the new NIH/industry-funded moderate alcohol & health study could be a $100 Million CREDIBILITY flop     To the vast number of non-scientists — which is the vast majority of people — science and credibility are two very different things. This is especially true when […]

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Owens-Illinois shows its disregard for wineries. Raises bottle prices in middle of devastating wildfires.

While wildfires (which began Oct. 8) were continuing to ravage Napa, Sonoma, and Mendocino wine country, major glass supplier, Owens-Illinois decided it was a good time to saddle the already-disrupted industry by raising prices on bottles.   The following letter was forwarded to Wine Industry Insight by a number of angry vintners whose tempers were […]

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Help Napa & Sonoma Rebuild: Major Symposium for North Bay Leaders & Doers

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