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Trump WOTUS Rule Rollback: Temporary relief, but no solution for growers, ag & private property owners

Despite optimism and a spate of giddy articles declaring an end to federal over-reach on Waters Of The United States (WOTUS) issues, President Donald Trump’s rollback of the Clean Water Rule offers temporary relief, but no permanent solution. This is because the President’s action rolls back a proposed set of executive action regulations that were […]

Wine premiumization may not be all it’s cracked up to be

Wine premiumization may not be all it’s cracked up to be The full article and analysis is available to premium Wine Executive News Subscribers at this link. Among the data analysis details in the premium piece: Lower price tiers still dominate. Middle tier still trumps expensive wines. Top-selling varietals also shy away from top price […]

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[UPDATE 3/13/17] COLAs Back Online After System Backup Killed TTB Computers

UPDATE: TTB COLA search fully functional when Wine Industry Insight accessed the system at 5:33 a.m. (PST) Monday, March 13. The TTB system outage this week that thwarted access to permits Online and to Certificates of Label Approval is the result of a backup gone bad.   Wineries WII spoke with Friday afternoon said they […]

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Charles Banks Wire Fraud Trial: New Date Set For May 30

Jury selection in the Charles Banks wire fraud trial has been set for May 30 according to court documents filed with the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas (San Antonio). The court previously rejected Banks’s request for a venue change and delayed the deadline for a plea deal until March 20. Previous […]

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Lessons For All In The Bronco/Waugh Trademark Battle Over Napa’s Six Degrees

NOTE: In many hotly contested cases such as this one, Wine Industry Insight prefers not to rely upon exhibits in legal filings because attorneys — correctly — are advocates for their clients.   In this case, we conducted our own first-hand research for this article regarding any possible confusion, the standards for “owning” a trademark, […]

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Six Degrees of Confusion: Waugh, Bronco, Wine-Searcher, CellarTracker

This is article 2 in a two-part series Lessons For All In The Bronco/Waugh Trademark Battle Over Napa’s Six Degrees Six Degrees of Confusion: Waugh, Bronco, Wine-Searcher, CellarTracker   Wine Industry Insight set about conducting its own research to determine if the two Six Degrees wines could be easily confused. The series of screen captures, […]

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New Money In Town: Largest US Farmland REIT Dips a Toe in Calif Specialty Crops (Including Vineyards)

Agricultural property REIT Farmland Partners Inc, (NYSE:FPI), has dipped a toe into the California market with its recent acquisition of American Farmland Company (formerly AMEX:AFCO). The stock-for-stock merger, which was announced in September 2016 finally closed on Feb. 2. The combined company is headquartered in Denver, Colorado.   Following the merger, FPI becomes the largest […]

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Treasury/Ste. Michelle Celebrity Stag Deathmatch: Opening Skirmishes (Redux)

The celebrity stag death match between Ste. Michelle Wine Estates and Treasury Wine Estates has entered its second round of opening skirmishes following the judge’s admonishment of both parties for their earlier round of legal catfighting (Dueling Stags: Judge Hands Losses To Both Ste. Michelle & Treasury, Then Spanks Their Lawyers).   No substantial new […]

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2016 Grape Crush UP 8.5% Over 2015. Overall Price Below 2012– Below Average or Normal? Depends on who’s counting.

The 2016 wine grape crush totaled a hair over 4 million tons, up 8.5 percent from the 2015 crush of 3,71 tons according to the  2016 Preliminary Grape Crush Report.   Total 2016 tonnage was about equal to the 2012 crush and lower than 2013. Average price per ton in 2016 was higher than 2015 […]

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Understanding bankruptcy clawbacks from the American Bar Assn & Lexis/Nexis

  This is one of Wine Industry Insight’s three-part series on the Fresh and Easy bankruptcy and its effects on wine and alcoholic beverage creditors. Two of the three articles contain material and links to court documents available only to premium subscribers. The three articles in the series are:   Gallo, Southern, Young’s Market & […]

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