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WineGavel Owner Gets Jail For Embezzlement

The owner of WineGavel is finally going to jail, two and a half years years after Wine Industry Insight first broke the story of disappearing wine and mis-managed auction. See WineGavel Sued By Rare, Fine Wine Collectors for that original 2012 article. The Napa Valley Register reported this morning that Joshua Krummenoehl, 41, of Brooklyn, […]

NY Times Uses Hill Wine Company Debacle To Take A Shot At Napa Valley

Napa Valley’s reputation took a hit from the New York Times on Sunday in an article about the Hill Wine Company implosion and Jeff Hill’s antics. The article: in “Vino Veritas. In Napa, Deceit” offered a general interest summary that hit a few of the high points of this highly complicated case. In the process, […]

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Jeff Hill Pleads Not Guilty To Grape Theft

IMPORTANT NOTE: Hill Family Estate as well as William Hill Estate Winery, are not affiliated with, nor owned by the same families as The Hill Wine Company in this and previous bankruptcy articles. As the Hill Wine  Company liquidation winds down to its last hurrahs, the various criminal and civil lawsuits against the company and […]

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Hindsight Sues Benessere, Charges Multiple Expensive Custom Crush Mistakes

Allegations of custom crush operations gone bad have turned into a lawsuit for breach of contract and negligence brought by Calistoga-based Hindsight Vineyards against Benessere Vineyards of St. Helena. Hindsight’s complaint, filed in Napa Superior Court (document for premium subscribers), alleges that Benessere’s mishandling of its wine cost more than half a million dollars and […]

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Noggle Vineyards Wine To Be Sold At Bankruptcy Auction

Approximately 600 cases of wine from Lake County’s Noggle Vineyards and Winery will be sold at bankruptcy auction next year. Wine Executive News subscribers please click here to read the complete article. Not a Wine Executive News subscriber yet? Subscribe to Wine Executive News now, and get the rest of this original article along with […]

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Lexington Street Files Court Papers Alleging Robert Dahl Felonies

Lexington Street Investments LLC has filed a document in Napa Superior Court that it says proves Robert Dahl was convicted of two felonies convictions in Minnesota. In an email received by Wine Industry Insight early this morning, Dahl said, “There are no such convictions.” Dahl is the owner or managing partner in a number of […]

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Dahl & Napa Point Winery Object To Napa Court Ruling On Wine & Tanks

Robert Dahl and his Napa Point Winery LLC were ordered last week  to turn over wine and wine tanks to Lexington Street Investments LLC, but have challenged the decision. Dahl’s attorney has objected to by Napa Superior Court, Judge Rodney Stone’s tentative ruling and that sends the matter back to the judge who said he will […]

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Wine Industry Financial Health Looking Good: Silicon Valley Bank

2014 Has been a very good year for the vast majority of wineries, according to Silicon Valley Bank’s 2014 industry survey. The entire report can be accessed by clicking on this link. According to the report summary: 82% of wineries reported overall financial health of “good” or better for 2014. This is up 7% over […]

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Napa Wine Finance Deal Tangled In Court Suits Charging Usury, Fraud, Securities Violations

EDITOR’S NOTE: The attorney for Patio Wine Company/Robert Dahl took issue with some parts of this article and asked that we allow his letter to be accessed by all readers (both free and premium) by clicking this link. A Napa wine investment/loan gone bad has wound up in two Bay Area Superior Courts amid a […]

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Merrill Lynch Bullishness On Treasury May Be Wishful Thinking

Treasury Wine Estates has put the worst behind it with new leadership and “a strategic direction fully supported by the majority of its shareholder base,” according to a Nov. 6 analyst report from Bank of America/Merrill Lynch, which may be peppered with some wishful thinking. The new report opens with a “buy” rating and a […]

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